Manchester hosts Cut & Splice Festival this March – the first time the international sonic arts event has taken place outside of London. Part of Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator touring programme, Cut & Splice takes over Ancoats churches Hallé St Peter’s and Hallé St Michael’s for two days of sonic exploration.
Curators Distractfold Ensemble have put together a groundbreaking programme of music that explores technology as an unreliable narrator. Highlights include the UK premiere of Steven Takasugi’s work The man who couldn’t stop laughing, plus a newly commissioned work by Swedish sound artist, composer and performer Hanna Hartman. For Christina Kubisch’s work Electrical Walks, meanwhile, participants are given technological ‘ears’ to hear real locations in impossible ways, while an installation by Lee Patterson offers listeners the chance to observe the artist’s exploration of tiny, amplified sonic phenomena.
Hallé St Peter’s and Hallé St Michael’s are two recently renovated churches in Ancoats. Dating back to 1858 and 1859 respectively, the churches host rehearsals and recordings by the Hallé Orchestra, Choir and other Hallé ensembles.
Both day tickets and full festival passes are available.