Friday, 8 December 2017

MANTIS Sonification Festival and NWCDTP Symposium Call for works

Data Sonification in Music Composition and Humanities Research
3-4 March 2018 - Manchester, UK
NOVARS, Manchester University, England

Submission deadline: 15 January 2018, 5pm GMT
What do molecules sound like? Are musical timbres encoded in DNA? Can social networks evolve audio?

NOVARS Research Centre solicits works for its symposium and concert series on artistic data sonification, exploring the methodologies and results emerging at the intersection of science and music.

Details of the event and how to submit are shown below.
The symposium will include keynote speaker/s, presentations on current sonification research, fixed media concerts, sound installations and live performances.

What are we looking for?:
We welcome submissions in the form of paper presentations and musical compositions from any creative artistic and scientific background. As a NWCDTP network collaboration, we especially encourage postgraduate students to apply, and welcome submissions from early career and independent researchers.

We encourage a broad range of submissions exploring the artistic and scientific use of sonification, with a special focus on the following sub-themes (although not limited to):
  • Sonification and social networks and metadata
  • Molecular sonification (sonification of chemical and physical systems)
  • Sonification of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and cryptography audio
  • Environmental data sonification
  • Aesthetics of sonification
  • Sonification from gesture recognition devices
  • Music and sports sonification
  • Sonification with Smart Cities data

Musical Works:
The Mantis festival will host 3 concerts (Saturday 6-7pm and 8-9pm, Sunday 2-3pm) and is calling for works for its main Saturday concert. Composers may submit one work in any of the following categories:
  • Works for fixed media with up to eight channels
  • Works combining live electronics and acoustic instruments (the organisation will not provide performers for the accepted submissions)
  • Audio-visual works
Duration: preferably under 12 minutes
Symposium paper sessions:
We encourage submission of paper presentations on one of the topics specified above (or related) using sonification as a key methodology for music composition or to gain insight into data using sonification in a non-music discipline. It is possible to accommodate extended sound demonstrations or full music pieces in the presentation, if desired. Paper sessions will be held Saturday the 3rd, 11am-5pm.

Symposium submission/registration Fee: There is no submission or registration fee.
Attendance: required.

Important: The organisation regrets not to be able to attend the costs of the transport, accommodation, etc for participants whose works were accepted. The organisation will not provide performers for the accepted submissions.

Method: Accepted submissions via or dropbox only.

 All submissions must include: 
- Contact details of the participant (e.g. name, email, affiliation if any).
- 300 word biography of the main applicant and also for other attendees (e.g. performer)
- Technical Requirements (*)

Music and audio-visual submissions: 
- Music only in stereo wav, aif or flac format (e.g. 48 kHz/ 24 bit). Multichannel submissions accepted but needs to also provide a stereo reduction. Audio-visual submissions only on .mov or vimeo link
- 300 words about the piece – please tell us how it relates to the symposium theme of sonification

Paper Session submissions: 
Provide a 300-word abstract. Full papers also accepted but you need to make clear the main topics being connected / discussed.

(*) Technical Requirements:
- The concerts will run using the MANTIS System (up to 24 channel genelec surround). We also provide video projection, mixing console, microphones, cabling and equipped room for the ‘paper’ sessions.
- In case of live performances composers / performers should bring all additional gear necessary to realise their works (e.g. computers, sound cards, etc) and provide a detailed stage map. 

Review Panel: 
Staff and PGs at NOVARS Research Centre 


3-4 March 2018

Co-organised by NOVARS Research Centre and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

Experiencing Data in Sound: What do molecules sound like? Are musical t imbres encoded in DNA? Can social networks evolve audio?     

John Thaw Studio Theatre 
Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama
Coupland Street
The University of Manchester, UK

NOVARS Research Centre pushes the boundaries of musical expression throughout the sonification and musification of a broad range of data.

Price: £8.50 / £5.50 / £3 
special 2 - concert rate: £12 .80 / £8.80 / £4.80 
special 3 - concert rate: £19.20 / £13.20 / £7.20   

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

MANTIS FESTIVAL - Special Edition - @ New Music North West. 13 November 2017

The MANTIS (New Music North West) concert programme on 13 November 2017 @ 5 pm features some of the works from the recent Festival, as well as new additions as follows:

Après moi, la pluie (2017)                                                      Guillaume Dujat
Lescun (2017)                                                                        Sarah Keirle
Rondo on Canvas (2017)                                                       Chris Keogh
Offshore (2017)                                                                      David Berezan
Finland, as experienced by the sea (2017)                            Falk Morawtiz
Kinesis (2017)                                                                        Hayley Suviste
Study for White Noise and Sine Tones (2017)                       Seth Scott
The Accusation Live (2017)                                                   Stephen Summers

13 November 2017
Starts: 17:00 13 Nov 2017
Ends: 18:00 13 Nov 2017
What is it: Music concert
Organiser: Martin Harris Centre
How much: Free

Who is it for: University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public.

This event is presented as part of New Music North West 2017, a major festival showcasing new music in our region. Full details of the Festival can be found here:

Thursday, 12 October 2017

MANTIS Festival 28 - 29 October 2017: JONTY HARRISON & Manchester composers

MANTIS Festival 28 - 29 October 2017

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) presents concerts of new electroacoustic music, featuring guest artist Jonty Harrison presenting a full concert of his work Going / Places, as well as new works by Manchester composers. The Festival features the large-scale MANTIS sound diffusion system for an exciting and immersive listening experience.

John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Facebook:     MANTIS Manchester
Twitter:           @MANTIS_Festival    

28 October 18:00 - 19:30 Concert 1
Mark Pilkington TBC (15:00)
David Berezan Offshore. 4-channel fixed media (9:00)
Sarah Keirle Lescun. Stereo fixed media (8:00)
Chris Keogh Rondo on Canvas. Stereo fixed media (4:16)
George Stenos-Frantzios Babel. Stereo fixed media (5:16)
Adriana Ruiz La fiesta del Diablo. 8-channel fixed media (10:00)
Guillaume Dujat Après moi, la pluie. Ambisonic fixed media (10:00)
Yuwin Qin Pot/Line/Block. 4-channel audio-visual (5:00)
Hayley Suviste Kinesis. Stereo fixed media (7:40)

28 October 20:00 - 21:00 Concert 2
Jonty Harrison Going / Places (60:00)

29 October 14:00 - 15:00 Concert 3
 Seth Scott Deuchar Study for White Noise and Sine Tones stereo fixed media (6:00)
Epa Fassianos Land of the Sirens. Stereo fixed media (27:00)
Sophie Delafontaine Ressort spiral. Stereo fixed media (10.49)
Harry Ovington I... Audio-visual (ca. 8:00) 
Hayley Hedges Freezing Point v2.0 Stereo fixed media (4:48)

Monday, 20 February 2017

MANTIS SPRING 2017: Van Gorkom (, MacKay and Blackburn

Marij Van Gorkom (*) - Bass Clarinet and Electronics Programme
Julián Ávila - Worstward (2017) 8'
Richard Scott - Black Wood Dialogues (2017) 5'-15'
Falk Morawitz - Inner Resonance (2017) 7'
Rosalía Soria - Kronos (2017) 5’
Ricardo Climent - s.laag (2016) 15’ 

(*) Marij Van Gorkom (dutch-uk network project) is supported by:
Research Network Fund. School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

MANTIS FESTIVAL 29-30 Oct 2016 - Oikawa, Stavropoulos, Dhomont, Weaver

MANTIS Festival Oct 2016
Oikawa, Stavropoulos, Dhomont, Weaver and NOVARS composers from the University of Manchester, UK

Three concerts, 1 Masterclass, 1 MANTIS workshop and 1 sound installation.

1 £8.50/£5.50/£3
2 £12.80/£8.80/£4.80
3 £19.20/£13.20/£7.20

Pictured above Junya Oikawa

Saturday 29 October 2016

18:00 - 19:30 Concert 1 
Featuring Morawitz, Fassianos, Rhodes, Ruiz, Scott, Morawitz/Dujat, Jones/Weaver

20:00 - 21:00 Concert 2 
Dhomont, Hermann, Omahan, Berezan, Stavropoulosx2) 21:00 Dinner in Rusholme

Sunday 30 October 
12:00 - 13:00 Diffusion System workshop 

13:00 - 13:30 Junya Oikawa masterclass

14:00 - 15:00 Concert 3 (Junya Oikawa) 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Highlights 2016: MANTIS Festival - Terri Hron (Canada, recorder and electronics)

Starts: 18:00 5 Mar 2016
Ends: 19:30 5 Mar 2016
What is it: Music concert
Organiser: Martin Harris Centre
How much: £8.50 / £5.50 / £3
Who is it for: University staff, General public

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) presents concerts of new electroacoustic music, featuring guest performer Terri Hron (Canada, recorder and electronics). 
Local and guest composers will present their work using the large-scale MANTIS sound diffusion system for an exciting and immersive listening experience.

Terri Hron (contrabass recorder) performing the Bird on a Wire II, Greenwich Music House, New York City. © eContact!

Friday, 18 September 2015

MANTIS FESTIVAL 17-18 Oct 2015: Kees Tazelaar, Institute of Sonology, The Hague, Julian Elvira (flute) + International Works Curated by Metanast


Concert 1, 18.00 - 19.30 Saturday 17 October: New electroacoustic works by University of Manchester composers
The Silver Key (2015) Rosalia Soria
The Solemn White Breathing of a Nocturnal City (2015) Falk Morawitz
Reductions / Expanses (2015) Danny Saul
Pronomo's Space [e] (2015) [Fl + elec] Julián Ávila  // Flute by Julian Elvira (*)
Starboard (2015) David Berezan
Origin and Destination (2015) Richard Scott

Concert 2, 20.00 - 21.00 Saturday 17 October: Kees Tazelaar
This concert is part of
Le poème électronique (1957–1958) Edgard Varèse  (**)
Chatoyance 2 (2013–2014) Kees Tazelaar
Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft
auf dem Lande (2014) Kees Tazelaar (music) Marianne Dekker (images)
Berglandschap (2015) Kees Tazelaar
EQUALE (2013) Richard Barrett and Kees Tazelaar

Concert 3, 14.00 - 15.00 Sunday 18 October: New electroacoustic works by University of Manchester composers
Translucency II (2013-2014) [live image proc] Haruka Hirayama
Aguabajo (2014) Adriana Ruiz
Hydrotrilogy (2015) Epa Fassianos
Naufrage (2015) Guillaume Dujat des Allimes

Concert 4, 19.00 - 22.30 Sunday 18 October: Metanast @ Zoo Pub.
A.P. Vague, Adam Stansbie, Ake Parmerud, Fernando Alexis, Julie Mansion-Vaquié, Nikos Stavropoulos, Steve Davismoon, Gidouille, Manoli Moriaty & Gradient, Omer Eilam, Peter Furniss, Richard Scott, Darren Brian Adcock .  

(*) Julian Elvira (flute)
Julián Elvira is the creator of the Pronomos flute, and his name has become a reference for experimental and avant-garde flute music in Spain and throughout Europe. He has premiered a long list of important Spanish and other European composers, many of whom have dedicated their works to him. He has recorded for the Spanish Television (TVE), the Spanish National Broadcasting (RNE), Piccolo, Sello Autor, Verso, Plataforma LTW, Phonos and World Edition. His recordings as soloist include four CDs of music for solo flute as well as flute accompanied by electronics.
After completing his superior level studies at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid, Julián then received a Masters degree in flute performance at Corvin University of Budapest where he worked with Istvan Matuz (who conceived of the the “Complex” system). Since then he has focused his work on new trends and ways in flute performance. Julián Elvira is principal flute in the Symphonic Band of Madrid and he combines his work there with research and a solo performance career, giving lectures and concerts on an international level. 
One of his most important projects, 3.1.Culturas, has brought him to travel and perform in countries such as Japan, Siria and India to study their culture and music, taking what he has learned about the timbral possibilities of flutes from these cultures into practice on his Pronomos flute.

(**) Le poème électronique (1957–1958), 8 minutes
Edgard Varèse5-channel reconstruction of the music: Kees Tazelaar

In January of 1956, Louis Kalff, Philips’ director of artistic affairs, contacted Le Corbusier in Paris about the company’s plans for a Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958. At that point, there was not yet any indication of the extremely avant-garde character that the project would eventually assume. Kalff wrote: “The interior of Le Corbusier’s Chapel at Ronchamp apparently has elements that would also be applicable in the Philips Pavilion. We want to present a synthesis of light and sound in a completely new and modern form. The walls must offer a continually changing panorama of light and color set to the rhythm of modern stereo music, such that at the end of the six- minute presentation visitors will have witnessed a more or less abstract testimonial that symbolically represents the genealogy of Philips and its products.”Once Le Corbusier became involved in the project, however, it would develop in a totally different direction. Le Corbusier, who originally had only been asked to take care of the interior of the Pavilion, in fact took over the entire artistic supervision from Kalff and even imposed all sorts of conditions of his own. He refused to collaborate with other artists and architects, assuming responsibility for the entire Pavilion himself, including its interior with the interplay of light and color and its sculptural form. For the music, however, he made an exception: the commission absolutely had to go to the New York-based composer Edgard Varèse.The music was reproduced on a three-track tape, the tracks of which could be heard coming from different clusters of loudspeakers in opposition to one another or resounding in flowing movements along specific routes. The total loudspeaker system comprised 325 speakers, supplemented by speakers for the bass tones. The automatic movements of the sound were registered on a 15-track control tape, which contained a total of 180 command channels.

Biographies (Dutch Programme)
Marianne Dekker studied painting and graphic arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her work consists of drawings and paintings and digital animations based on stills and videos. Video work has been presented at Metropoliskino in Hamburg, Tesla Galerie in Berlin, the 2009 Shanghai Electroacoustic Music Week, the Contemporary Museum of the National University in Mexico City (MUAC), the Institute for Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Bath, Villa Elisabeth Berlin, Fylkingen in Stockholm and NK Berlin.

Richard Barrett is internationally active as both a composer and an improvising performer, and has collaborated with many leading performers in both fields, while developing works and ideas which increasingly leave behind the distinctions between them. His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT which he formed with Paul Obermayer in 1986 (and its more recent octet version fORCH), the ELISION contemporary music group, for which he has composed and performed since 1990, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since 2003. He studied composition principally with Peter Wiegold, was a professor of composition at Brunel University in London between 2006 and 2009, and has twice been a member of the staff of the Institute of Sonology, between 1996 and 2001 and again from 2009 to the present.

Kees Tazelaar followed courses in Sonology in Utrecht and The Hague, and later studied composition under Jan Boerman at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He has been teaching at the Institute of Sonology since 1993 and has been head of the institute since 2006. His electronic music features a combination of formalization, richness of sound and a compositional approach to sound spatialization. As well as a composer, Kees Tazelaar is a historian, who has specialized in the early years of electronic music in the Netherlands and Germany. He has twice been the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he earned his PhD in 2013 with the dissertation On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965 (ISBN 978-94-6208-065-2).

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

MANTIS Festival 28 Feb - 1 March 2015 In collaboration with NAISA (Toronto, Canada) and Metanast

MANTIS Festival 28 Feb - 1 March 2015
In collaboration with NAISA (Toronto, Canada) and Metanast (Manchester, UK) Mixed-media, live electronics, interactive, acousmatic

Concert 1: Saturday 28 Feb 18.00 John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Works by Mario Duarte,  Richard Scott, James Bagshaw, Rose Soria, David Berezan, Guillaume Dujat Des Allimes,, James Wynne, Epa Fassianos

Concert 2: Saturday 28 Feb 20.00 John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Works by Julian Avila, Falk Morawitz, Haruka Hirayama, Shaun Rimmer, Danny Saul

Concert 3: Sunday 1 March 14.00 John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Places we go.. Places we're from: a concert of works using the NAISA Spatialization System: Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque, James O'Callaghan, Ana Dall'Ara- Majek, Nick Storring, Vivienne Spiteri.

Concert 4: Sunday 1 March 19.30 Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. Metanast: Adam Stansbie, Cody Kauhl, Dag Rosenqvist, Francis Dhomont, Grant Petrey, Heather Stebbins, Jon Panther, José Ricardo Neto, Josh Booth, Panos Amelides, Peter Batchelor, Riccardo Castagnola, Self Absorption, Sound Quartet
Sound Installation by Steve Symons at Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester.

Tickets for concerts 1, 2, 3 available at:

Tickets for concert 4 available at the door 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

3-4 April 2014: MANTIS - Sonic Fusion Festival, Media City UK

MANTIS - Sonic Fusion Festival, Media City UK

Concert 1, 3 April 2014, 17.45 - 19.00

ELEGIA (2013)                                 Anikó Tóth/Nikos Stavropoulos
Different Streams II   (2012)          Andrew Garbett  
Golden Hour (2014)                         Nikki Sheth
Myth III (2014)                                 Haruka Hirayama
Sonic Pathfinder (2014)                  Ricardo Climent
Glitches / Trajectories (2014)        Danny Saul

Concert 2, 4 April 2014, 19.45 - 21.00

to the wider ocean (2014)              Christine McCombe
Lamenting (2011)                           Brona Martin
Moorings (2014)                              David Berezan
Drips (2014)                                   Arthur Phillips
Superposition of two Opposites (2013)  Rosalia Soria Luz
Apollonian Gasket (2014)              Ignacio Pecino

Weaving rust (2013-2014)              Daniel Barreiro

For programme notes click here

Festival details click here

Thursday, 30 January 2014

MANTIS 10-YEAR FESTIVAL. 1-2 March 2014 with Francis Dhomont and Trevor Wishart

MANTIS 10 Years - featuring guests Francis Dhomont and Trevor Wishart
1 - 2 March 2014, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester.

DOWNLOAD FULL PROGRAMME as PDF (right click) - 5 Mb only!

Saturday 1 March

17.30 Wine and Cake Reception
18:00 Concert 1 A selection of award-winning Manchester works from 2004 - present.
20:00 Concert 2 Francis Dhomont

Sunday 2 March
16:30 Trevor Wishart talk
18:00 Concert 3 Works by current postgraduates and staff
20:00 Concert 4 Trevor Wishart + Kairos (electroacoustic ensemble)

Sound Installation by Gavin Osborne running 15.00 - 17.15 (Saturday) and 14.00 - 16.15 (Sunday)

Listening room with highlights of music from 10-years of MANTIS (12.30 - 5.30pm daily)

Thursday, 24 October 2013


Venue: The John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester
For directions click here

Saturday  26 October 2013
Concert 1: New works by NOVARS composers
Saturday 26 October 2013
Time: 18.00 - 19.30 

Triptych (2013)                                  Constantin Popp                 
Metallican (2013)                               Hayley Hedges
Luvina (2013)                                     Mario Duarte
Singularity (2013) - (audiomedia)         Ignacio Pecino                     
A bit closer to home......(2013)           Brona Martin           
W  (2013)                                           Michael Lau
4 Dreams (2013)                                  Rosalía Soria Luz
(all works are premiere performances)

Concert 2: Sonic Spaces: United Kingdoms /// Marij van Gorkom MVG) /// bass clarinet and electronics
Saturday 26 October 2013
Time: 20.00 - 21.00

Pareidolia I (2012)                 Patrick Nunn
Sotch (2008/2013)                 Yota Morimoto
Spree (2013)                         Kasia Glowicka
Dark Mission (2013)               Paul Wilson
Paraphrase I (2013)               David Prior
Drop and Gimme 140 (2013)   Michiel Mensingh 

SUNDAY 27 October 2013

Concert 3: Works by NOVARS composers, Gavin Osborn, Michael Mayhew
Sunday 27 October 2013
Time14.00 - 15.00

Mechanical Air (2013)          Gavin Osborn, Michael Mayhew
Rise (2013)                         Danny Saul
Nancrillex (2013)                CitizenUrge
(Un)folding (2004)              Daniel Barreiro

      Special 2-concert rate: £12/ £8 / £4.80
      Special 3-concert rate: £18 / £12 / £7.20
Tickets available via Quaytickets
Venue: The John Thaw Studio Theatre
Time: 18:00
Admission Price: £7.50 / £5 / £3 (unreserved seating)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Marij van Gorkom @ MANTIS Festival 2013 (Fall): Dutch/British program for bass clarinet and live electronics

Marij van Gorkom at the MANTIS Fall Festival 2013- Saturday 26th October 2013

Marij van Gorkom's web:

Marij van Gorkom studied music and chemistry, first at Indiana University, where she studied clarinet with Eli Eban, and then after obtaining the BS degree in chemistry, she moved to Leiden University to follow the MSc program in biophysical chemistry. In 2007 she obtained her BM degree in both bass clarinet and (e-flat) clarinet at Codarts, University of Professional Arts Education, in Rotterdam. She studied bass clarinet with Henri Bok and (e-flat) clarinet with Jan Jansen and José Luis Estellés. Currently she is studying 'clarinet baix' with Harry Sparnaay at the Esmuc in Barcelona.

Saturday 26th October 2013

MANTIS Fall Festival 2013

6pm, Saturday 26 October 2013 
8pm, Saturday 26 October 2013 
2pm, Sunday 27 October 2013

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) presents a weekend of electroacoustic concerts featuring composers based at the NOVARS Research Centre, a full concert curated by and featuring guest artist Marij van Gorkom (bass clarinet and live electronics) and the MANTIS large-scale loudspeaker sound diffusion system for an exciting and immersive listening experience.

This event forms part of the New Music North West Festival, the fourth and largest ever festival celebrating the wealth of creative talent in the North West.

      Special 2-concert rate: £12/ £8 / £4.80
      Special 3-concert rate: £18 / £12 / £7.20
Tickets available via Quaytickets

Venue: The John Thaw Studio Theatre
Time: 18:00
Admission Price: £7.50 / £5 / £3 (unreserved seating)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

MANTIS @ Liverpool Hope: Music Since 1900 Conference


Starts: Thursday, 12 September 2013

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) presents two consecutive concerts of electroacoustic music featuring composers based at the NOVARS Research Centre (University of Manchester), as well as works selected from an international call.

The concerts present a purely sound-based experience, where there is no performer in the traditional sense or other visual stimuli, featuring music and sounds developed from the widest possible range of sources using cutting edge technologies.

The works will be interpreted and diffused in the listening space by the composers in real time on large-scale multi-loudspeaker system (an orchestra of loudspeakers) using the MANTIS sound diffusion system, providing for an exciting and immersive listening experience.

Category:Capstone Theatre
Date:Thursday, 12 September 2013 - Thursday, 12 September 2013
Time:8pm and 9pm
Venue :Capstone Theatre
Organiser:Capstone Theatre

Sunday, 3 February 2013


MANTIS presents a weekend of new electroacoustic music featuring works by composers based at the NOVARS Research Centre (University of Manchester) and invited guests. This edition features guest percussionist Miquel Bernat  performing a unique 'key-percussion and electronics' concert for Timbila (xylophone-like instrument of Mozambique), marimba and vibraphone. Bernat's event comprises commissioned works with electronics for Ricardo Climent, Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez and music by Martin Wesley-Smith and traditional timbila music. 

The Mbila (plural timbila) is a xylophone-like instrument from Mozambique ancestor of the modern marimba, first mentioned by a Portuguese missionary in the 1300s. The Timbila's orchestras serve many purposes, ranging from religious to traditional ceremonies of the Chopi people. This hand-made instrument and its associated culture were close to extinction since the liberation from Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, which was followed by a horrendous ca. 15 years of civil war. Among a number of efforts to reinvent the instrument's approach, a group of percussionists Drumming-GP from Porto led by Miquel Bernat and with the advice and training of Matchume Zango brought a complete set of timbilas to put together a full Orchestra in Europe and commissioned Western composers to write for these instruments including electronics. 

Price: £7.50/ £5/ £3

Offers: Special 2-concert rate: £12/ £8 / £4.80 Special 3-concert rate: £18 / £12 / £7.20

Venue: John Thaw Studio Theatre. Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL. Manchester, UK
Pictured above, Miquel Bernat performing the Mbila (timbila)


Saturday 2 March 2013
    18:00-19:30 Concert One: Works by Guests and NOVARS composers
    20:00   Concert Two: key-percussion and electronics concert with Miquel Bernat
Sunday 3 March 2013
   12:00 Timbila workshop with Miquel Bernat (room to be confirmed)
   14:00 Concert Three: Works by NOVARS composers


Saturday 2 March 2013  

18:00-19:30 Concert One : Works by Guests and NOVARS composers

Requiem77  for Cello and Fixed media by Kevin Malone 13' (Cello Alice Purton)
Frictions_Storms  for Fixed media by  Danny Saul 12'
Contrarreforma laboral III  for Fixed media by Julian Avila   8
The Visions of Ezekiel for Fixed Media by Lee Fraser 10'16"
Invader  for Fixed media  by Mark Ferguson 
Nick Casswell Træsko Fixed media 5mins 46 secs
beeps  for Fixed media  by Constantin Popp 14.45'

20:00 Concert Two: key-percussion (including timbila) and electronics concert with Miquel Bernat

VibraZoyd  for Vibraphone and electronics  by Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez 
For Marimba and Tape by Martin Wesley-Smith 
Traditional Timbila music excerpts

Xi for Timbila of Mozambique and electronics  by Ricardo Climent

Sunday 3 March 2013

14:00 Concert Three: Works by NOVARS composers

Myth for Fl, Bsn, Perc, Accordion, Vc by Haruka Hirayama 10'
Telchines for Fixed media  by Dimitris Savva 7'33
Behind My Living Stereo  for Fixed media  by  Michael Lau 10'
Articulating Space for Fixed media  by Mario Duarte 4'
The Doors Piece for Fixed media  by Donal Sarsfield 25'

Pictured above, Miquel Bernat

MIGUEL BERNAT  - percussion

Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1966, Miguel Bernat received his musical education at the conservatories of Valencia, Madrid, Brussels and Rotterdam, and participated in the Aspen Summer Music Course.  He was granted the "Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera" at the Conservatory of Madrid, the GAUDEAMUS Special Percussion Prize" in 1993 and the 2nd prize at the Aspen Nakamichi Competition (USA).
Being an eclectic musician, he has played with the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as well as in the contemporary music ensembles "Ictus", "Ictus Piano and Percussion Quartet", Trio Allures", "Duo Contemporain", etc...
As soloist in numerous recitals, he premièred the "Concerto pour Marimba et 15 instruments" by David del Puerto at the Ars Musica festival in Brussels and in Valencia ENSEMS Festival, and the Premier of “Campos Magnéticos” of Cesar Camarero in Porto and Madrid.
Formerly a professor at the Rotterdam and Brussels Conservatories, he is now intensively engaged in pedagogical activities at the “Escola Superior de
 Musica de Catalunya” at Barcelona. "Escola Profesionalde Mùsica de Espinho (Portugal) and the "Escola Superior de Mùsica do Porto". There, he founded DRUMMING   Grupo de Percussão,  who was selected as a Resident Music Group of Porto 2001  Cultural Capital of Europe and gave concerts in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Brasil. 
He is regularly invited to the most reputed international contemporary music festivals (France, England, Brasil, Venezuela, Australia, USA, Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Thailand etc...) to perform, among others, as a solo percussionist and to give Master Classes. In 1998 he performed as a soloist in scenic music (Xénakis) during the production "Just Before" by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de KEERSMAEKER.and with the Ballet Gulbenkian of Lisboa  the coreography “Psappha” of italian Mauro Bigonzetti. A passionate performer of new music, Miguel BERNAT has worked with numerous composers (many works being dedicated to him), thus contributing to the expansion and constant evolution of the contemporary repertoire for percussion.