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Decibel: Togetherness - The Music of Ed Bennett




In this special portrait concert, the new music ensemble Decibel presents a high energy programme, displaying the full breadth of Ed Bennett's music, from wild and driving polyrhythmic workouts to delicate moments of stillness and quiet introspection. At the centre of the programme is a substantial recent work Togetherness which explores the possibility that working together whilst retaining our own unique and individual identities is the key to a brighter future. The concert will coincide with the release of Decibel's new album on the Diatribe label.

Formed by Irish composer Ed Bennett, and recently described in The Guardian as an ensemble performing 'Unclassifiable, raw-nerve music of huge energy and imagination', The 10 piece ensemble Decibel explores experimental, extreme and unusual work which generally exists between, or outside the usual categories. They play new music which combines a direct amplified instrumental ensemble sound with electronics, improvisation and theatrical elements. Apart from premiering many works by Ed Bennett, Decibel has worked with a diverse range of subversive composers and artists including Louis Andriessen, Heiner Goebbels, Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton, Michael Finnissy, Joe Cutler and Michael Wolters commissioning and premiering many new works. The group has also collaborated with artists from different disciplines including video artists and choreographers.

Ed Bennett's ensemble Decibel works across contemporary music fields, from the post-minimal amplified music popular in the Netherlands and New York, to the noisy and skronky improvisation that skulks loudly in hidden corners across the world, to the shards of various experimental electronic/spectral/notated musics currently itinerant between concert hall and laptop. This mixture maps very well–naturally–onto Bennett's own fertile compositional voice, which blends the coiled concentration of the best post-minimalism with the ferocity and dynamic range of thrash metal and the variety of a composer like Heiner Goebbels. So Decibel can be seen as natural descendants of groups like Bang On A Can, whilst operating in and contributing to the formation of as-yet unsettled new musical contexts. (Stephen Graham, The Quietus, 2013)

Decibel is supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

  • Ed Bennett – Composer/ Artistic Director / Electronics
  • Mira Benjamin – Violin
  • Neil McGovern – Saxophones
  • Michelle Holloway – Recorders
  • Jack McNeil – Clarinets
  • Martyn Sanderson – Trombone
  • Paul Norman – Electric Guitar
  • Sebastiano Dessanay – Bass
  • Eliza McCarthy – Piano
  • Jose Daniel Martinez – Percussion
  • Damien Harron – Conductor

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7.00pm - 8.30pmTuesday 17th April 2018

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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