FUTURESONIC 2009: THE OPENING EVENT
Murcof & AntiVJ LIVE
Jóhann Jóhannsson LIVE
Denis Jones LIVE
Last.FM DJ Team
14th May 2009
7.00pm till 11.00pm
£16 Advance / £14 Concessions
RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
Opening one of the most diverse lineups in the history of Futuresonic, this stunning event will celebrate the genres of contemporary classical and minimalist electronica with a breathtaking live AV performance from the world renowned Mexican electronica pioneer Murcof and Bristol based VJ’s AntiVJ, a rare and highly anticipated UK performance from Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and the Iskra quartet plus support from experimental folktronica artist Denis Jones. Produced in association with Hey! Manchester, this event gets the festival underway with a distinguished cast of performers, noted for their brilliance in reworking classic tropes with intelligent and forward thinking ideas and perfectly suited to the festival’s ethos. The event will also feature support from the Last.fm DJ team, a pair of selectors with a wealth of your knowledge in their playlists.
This event has been produced in association with Hey! Manchester.
Buy tickets: http://www.skiddle.com/events/11273818
Murcof is the recording alias of Mexican native Fernando Corona, a highly respected composer of contemporary classical and electronica for the Leaf and Blue Note imprints. As both a solo performer and a member of the Tijuana based Nortec collective as Terrestre, Corona has put Mexico on the sonic map with a sparse and considered, but often opulent and complex fusion of modern electronica with traditional classical structures. His most recent work ‘The Versailles Sessions’ incorporates Baroque instrumentation with microscopic electro-acoustics for an overwhelming rich listening experience.
Also featuring a major new commission by AntiVJ. AntiVJ is a European visual label of visual projection artists who work on 3D shapes and volumes instead of screens. Murcof and AntiVJ are collaborating on a new site-specific audiovisual installation in which live music, projected imagery, and a huge layered, semi-transparent installation will create immersion in a broken, multifaceted cosmos of a million stars and abstract shapes
The multi-talented Jóhann Jóhannsson is a hugely respected member of the Icelandic art and music scenes. Working as a part of the Kitchen Motors collective in Reykjavik, he has collaborated with a range of artists from Pan Sonic and Hafler Trio to Barry Adamson and Marc Almond to cover the spectrum of experimental music with a cinematic and emotionally stirring aesthetic, drawing comparisons to the music of Arvo Part or Bernard Herrmann.
Local folktronica hero Denis Jones is a cherished member of Manchester’s electronica vanguard. Denis plays a uniquely textured blend of rhythmical future-folk, drawing inspiration from a wide range of traditional, song-based music and inventively blending these influences with modest experimental electronics. Whilst striving to maintain a song writing philosophy that generates a pure emotional response, Denis never overcomplicates this process and, even with the technical appeal of the live performance, he remains true to the initial drive of emotive creativity.
For the full lineup for 2009 go to: http://www.futuresonic.com/music