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Friday, March 05, 2004

New Music in March 

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A few days late with this I know, but here are the Rambler's picks for new music concerts and events this month:

Saturday 6th March

Tomorrow night, at the Philip Guston exhibition at the Royal Academy, there's going to be a performance of Feldman's massive For Philip Guston, performed, incredibly, for the first time alongside Guston's paintings. The two men were close friends, and Feldman certainly drew a lot from Guston's work. The work is for flute, piano and percussion, lasts over 4 hours, and will be introduced by Guston's daughter, Musa Mayer. Tickets are a tenner, and it should be a good 'un.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

Friday 12th March

This is the concert lots of people have been waiting for (and that I can't get to ...): the London Sinfonietta/Warp records collaborations continue with this touring show featuring Squarepusher, Jamie Lidell, and music by Varèse, Reich, Aphex Twin, Cage and Antheil. The previous incarnation of this idea, the Warp Works and 20th Century Masters concert of last year was only a qualified success, the biggest problem being the arrangements of Warp artists' tunes for the classical Sinfonietta ensemble. This didn't quite come off for two reasons: firstly the musicians couldn't groove as well as the original tunes did; and secondly, the idea of arranging electronica for acoustic instruments is just a no-no anyway.

To the credit of all parties, though, they're persisting with what is in essence a good idea, and they've dropped most of the arrangements and gone for more straightforward juxtaposition (Squarepusher's sandwiched between Varèse and Antheil). Squarepusher and Lidell are both doing short solo sets, and Aphex has written a new piece specifically for the Sinfonietta.

Tickets (if you can still get 'em) are available through the Royal Festival Hall.

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