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Yaram Commissions Sona Jobarteh

Tickets for New Music Biennial at Southbank Centre will be released to Southbank Centre members on Thursday 14 March and to the general public on Friday 15 March via Southbank Centre’s website HERE. Tickets for New Music Biennial in Hull will be released on Friday 7 June, please check the Absolutely Cultured website HERE for more details.

New Music Biennial is supported by: Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, Hull University, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Richard Thomas Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, RVW Trust, The Finzi Trust and The Bliss Trust.



Gazelle Twin & Max De Wardener

Commissioned by BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday 6 July, 3:30-4:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, free Saturday 13 July, 3.30-4.30pm, Hull City Hall, free Composer, producer and musician Gazelle Twin’s* collaboration with composer Max de Wardener brings the blend of traditional musical concepts and futuristic pop from her latest album Pastoral (an album of 2018 for BBC6 Music,The Quietus and many more) to a full symphony orchestra. Gazelle Twin is the moniker for performance artist, composer and producer Elizabeth Bernholz whose conceptual albums present dystopian themes through unconventional electronic production and extraordinary live performances which feature changing personas. *Change to previously announced programme.

Sona Jobarteh - Innovation Through Preservation Commissioned by Yaram Arts

Sunday 7 July, 6:30-7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, free

Friday 12 July, 9-10pm, Fruit, Hull, free

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a pioneer in an ancient male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. This commission will integrate West African and European instrumental interpretation; instruments will be paired together in likeness in a unique arrangement that will explore and challenge the capabilities of the instruments from both traditions.

Jessica Curry - She Who

Commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Sunday 7 July, 4:30-5:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, free Saturday 13 July, 1-2pm, The Guildhall, Hull, free

Jessica Curry uses settings of poems by American feminist poet Judy Grahn to weave together themes of humanity and connectivity to create an electrifying piece that speaks of hope and female power for the young voices of the National Youth Choir. Jessica is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA winning composer and co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. Her work has been performed in diverse and high profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House, and Durham Cathedral.

Photos from the NMB event in London

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