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Disruptions: Man in Regent Street is a new work for soprano, paper and electronics created by Jonathan Higgins and Mimi Doulton. It explores how the destruction of a score can be used positively during a performance to generate and transform musical material, inspired by discussions around the environment and reuse. The text is a commentary on climate change and the paradox between consumerism, economic growth and protecting the planet.
This evening’s performance is interspersed with other forms of musical disruption: from the fragmentary Récitations of Georges Aperghis, which blur in and out of comprehensibility; to Jonathan’s ‘Glitch Turntablism’ – an exploration of the noise that can be generated from hacking CD players.
Mimi and Jonathan developed Disruptions: Man in Regent Street on a 2020 Wild Plum Arts Made at the Red House residency. They gratefully acknowledge support from PRS Foundation and the Marchus Trust. This is its London premiere.
British-Pakistani soprano Mimi Doulton is fast developing a reputation as an acclaimed interpreter of contemporary opera and song. Recent engagements include her professional debut at Wigmore Hall singing Brian Elias and Elisabeth Lutyens; creating a work by Rakhi Singh in the Royal Opera House’s 8-bit; covering the role of Jerusha in Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park for Music Theatre Wales and the Royal Opera; and creating a role in Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake with Birmingham Opera Company.
She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, having previously read Music and Languages at King's College London. She is an alumnus of Dartington International Summer School, the Akademie der zeitgenössiche Musik Luzern, Academie Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the Fondation Royaumont Academie Voix Nouvelles.
Jonathan is a composer and performer based in London, England. His music focuses on exploring how noise can be utilised as a creative and generative tool, working across a variety of different media, including fixed electroacoustic music, instrumental music, live electronics and sound installations. Jonathan performs regularly across the UK as an improvisor using a custom setup of hand modified CD players. He is currently working towards a PhD in Music Composition at City, University of London and previously studied at the University of Sheffield. Jonathan’s music has been performed, prized and published both nationally and internationally.