Immersive spatial onslaught: Dan Samsa at The Albany

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Immersive spatial onslaught: Dan Samsa at The Albany

Composer, DJ and electronic musician Dan Samsa – alias Warsnare – is the first this year’s Associate Composers to curate a nonclassical night. Presented in the round of the Albany in Deptford, Dan presents an evening that combines 360-degree audio with the powerful sound system of UK bass culture.

We recently chatted to Dan about his upcoming night, which features works from himself, Berlin-based artist Kamikaze Space Programme and Luke David Harris & Henrik Oppermann.

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Meet the artist: Zubin Kanga

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Meet the artist: Zubin Kanga

Zubin Kanga is far from the standard pianist you see in classical music recitals. His performances often integrate elements of multimedia – including electronics, film, live video and interactive technologies – and often explores this relationship between the live musician and technology. Ahead of his Victoria performance with us on 22 May, we sat down with Zubin to chat more about what to expect from tomorrow’s programme, including premieres from Neil Luck and Laurence Osborn and a new performance of Alexander Schubert’s WIKI-PIANO.NET.

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Blasio Kavuma

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Blasio Kavuma

We recently chatted with composer Blasio Kavuma – one of four composers to be part of our Associate Composers Scheme. An active collaborator and curator, Blasio has worked across a number of different art forms, including film, visual art and performance art, and strives to create music that is both forward-thinking and accessible to a wider audience. We spoke to Blasio about his practice and what he hopes to achieve through our Associate Composers Scheme over the course of the year.

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Lola de la Mata

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Lola de la Mata

Lola de la Mata, is a London-based French composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist who is particularly interested in how the physicality of sound can be embodied within her music. Over the next year, she’ll be writing a new work, curating a nonclassical night and appearing on our Outside the Lines release as part of our Associate Composers Scheme.

Ahead of the scheme, we caught up with Lola to discuss her influences, starting points and what it means to her to be a composer in the 21st century.

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River Stage Festival Weekend Gallery

RIVER STAGE FESTIVAL WEEKEND – GALLERY

A selection of photos from our takeover of the National Theatre's River Stage Festival, August 3–5 2018. All photographs © Cameron Slater

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An introduction to Cortical Songs

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An introduction to Cortical Songs

Cortical Songs is a work in four movements by Nick Ryan and John Matthias for string ensemble and solo violin in which the orchestra is partially controlled by a tiny computer 'brain'. It's being performed live at Rise of the Machines #2 on 18 March in Village Underground, Shoreditch. Find out more about this groundbreaking piece.

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Writing a concerto for a drum machine...

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Writing a concerto for a drum machine...

18 March is the date the world's first Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra will be heard live, in a gig hosted at Village Underground, as part of Convergence festival. Each of the five parts has been written by a different composer, each with their own style. We interview the composers...

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