I’m massively excited about our gig at Sound Unbound this weekend. I’ve never been to the festival before, but I’m very impressed with the programme, which has a huge range and some really excellent new music. The fact that it’s all free and almost all unticketed is quite something.
That said, it’s all rather overwhelming, so I thought I’d put together a pick of the festival for those who want to really make a weekend of it. Please do come to see us on Sunday: there’s very little choral and electronic music around, so it’s a really unique chance to hear a sound that is like little else.
Elsewhere in the programme, I think I’m most interested in Amir Konjani’s new piece, Mira Calix’s set and the 12ensemble’s performance. But that’s because I’ve already heard Liam Byrne, Bartosz Glowacki and James McVinnie. If you haven’t, I’d make sure you take the chance! So here, at some length, are my picks for the weekend:
5pm: The Sackbut Ensemble at 5.30 would be cool for some really medieval vibes, or perhaps seeing electric guitars play Tudor music at 5 is good? Who knows, I don’t know any of these groups.
6pm: Go see the 12ensemble play string music. It’s got a new piece by Oliver Leith, who’s one of my favourites: he writes bendy music that’s often sad. They’re also playing Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood suite, which is an awesome Ligeti rip off that I’d love to see live, and an arrangement by Josephine Stevenson.