In celebration of his 70th birthday, City presents a programme of music by composer Jonty Harrison, an inspirational and internationally acclaimed figure in electroacoustic music.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Harrison's work diffused on an array of loudspeakers, in City's Performance Space. The programme comprises works from a 40-year period, beginning with Klang from 1982, through to very recent work. The concert also includes a classic work by Harrison's colleague (and City Professor Emeritus) Denis Smalley: 1974's Pentes.
Please note, this event is free to attend, but seats are very limited, so please do sign up to attend, via the 'register now' button above.
- Klang (1982)
- Unsound Objects (1995)
- Internal Combustion (2005-06)
- Espaces cachés (2014)
- Petit prélude parallèle (2018)
- Wee BEASTies (2022)
Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974)
About Jonty Harrison
Jonty Harrison (born 1952) studied with Bernard Rands, Elisabeth Lutyens and David Blake at the University of York, graduating with a DPhil in Composition in 1980. From 1976 he was based in London, working with Harrison Birtwistle and Dominic Muldowney at the National Theatre and teaching at City, University of London. In 1980 he joined the Music Department of the University of Birmingham, where was Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios and of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), which he founded in 1982. He was a Board member of Sonic Arts Network for many years (Chair 1993-96) and a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain and of the Council of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He played an active role in the musical life of Birmingham, making conducting appearances with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (most notably in Stockhausen's Momente); for ten years he was the Artistic Director of the Barber Festival of Contemporary Music. He retired as Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music in 2014 and is now Emeritus Professor. He was Guest Professor of Computer Music at the Technische Universität, Berlin in 2010 and Master Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida in 2014. He held a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in 2014-15 and is Compositeur Associé with Maison des Arts Sonores/KLANG! Acousmonium, Montpellier, France.
He has been commissioned by several leading organisations and performers: Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA-GRM, Paris); Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB — formerly the Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges); International Computer Music Association; MAFILM/Magyar Rádió; Arts Council England; Electroacoustic Wales/Bangor University; IRCAM/Ensemble intercontemporain (Paris); Maison des Arts Sonores/KLANG! Acousmonium (Montpellier); BBC; Birmingham City Council; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Fine Arts Brass Ensemble; Nash Ensemble; Singcircle; Thürmchen Ensemble (Cologne); Compagnie Pierre Deloche Danse (Lyon); Darragh Morgan; John Harle; Beverly Davison; Robin Canter; Harry Sparnaay; Jos Zwaanenburg. He has won numerous prizes: Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (including a Euphonie d'Or for Klang, cited as one of the 'significant works' of the competition's history); Prix Ars Electronica, Linz; Musica Nova, Prague; Destellos, Mar del Plata, Argentina; Thomas-Selig-Fixed-Media-Award, DEGEM, Germany; Lloyds Bank National Composer’s Award; PRS Prize for Electroacoustic Composition. His music appears on four solo albums (empreintes DIGITALes, Montreal) and on several compilations (NMC, Mnémosyne Musique Média, CDCM/Centaur, Asphodel, Clarinet Classics, FMR, Edition RZ and EMF).
More information about Jonty Harrison and his discography on the ElectroCD website.