Sun 28 Jan 2024, 4.30pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Ticket price: General £15, Student £7.50

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re_creation is a collaborative, cross-genre production led by BCMG and visionary multi-disciplinary artist, Haroon Mirza. This innovative and immersive project involves visual art, choreography, music and perfumery, what else could you want? 

During this event you will be invited to move around the space and experience every corner of the performance, the sounds, shapes, and smells. 

Sculpture becomes set, instrument, and lighting design. Dancer merges with instrumentalist and so on. The work is developed collectively by artists working without a director or conductor. 

re-creation is a sound installation and performance, complete with light, scent, smoke rings and live musicians, which the audience experiences by moving through the space. The effect is a full-body sensory experience – and a world away from the usual concert-going norm. Everyday low-end technology, such as light bulbs and used turntables, have been reworked by Haroon to make his sculptures; and his new ‘Dream machine’ is produced by colourfully enhanced simple LED light-tubes. As they switch on-and-off they also create new sounds, rich in musicality and fascinating to watch.  

Haroon is collaborating with composer Lucy Armstrong and singer Juliet Fraser to make this one-off performance featuring BCMG Musicians. 

Discover a new dimension of what a concert hall performance can be and experience new commissions by composer Lucy Armstrong, Artist Haroon, and Soprano Juliet Fraser. 

WARNING – this performance includes considerable periods which include flashing lights and images, which may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy and other related conditions. 

The Vision

As an attempt to untether K. F. E. Trahndorff’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk from the tropes and conventions of opera, this “adisciplinary” project aims to dilute the distinctions between a myriad of artistic forms.

Sculpture becomes set, instrument, and lighting design. Dancer merges with instrumentalist and so on. The work is developed collectively by artists following their own path, working rhizomatically without a director or Conductor.

Evolving from a narrative based on the reincarnation of a murdered healer, this psychedelic piece delves into shamanic death and rebirth from a neurochemical and theological perspective.

Haroon Mizra 2023


Haroon Mirza

The Dream Machine (2023) LED and video

Lucy Armstrong and Haroon Mirza   

new work (2023) world première, commissioned by BCMG’s Sound Investment Scheme, for voice, sounding sculptures and instruments

Haroon Mirza and Juliet Fraser

new work for voice, sculptures, media

Haroon Mirza's commission is generously supported by Henry Moore Foundation:

Lucy Armstrong

An early Sondheim obsession shaped Lucy’s approach to composition and storytelling. Her work is eclectic and theatrical and juxtaposes contrasting musical ideas and grooves to create visceral, gestural sound worlds.

Lucy is drawn to telling stories through song. This has led to a variety of commissions for stage and a residency at Glyndebourne. In 2022, Lucy was one of five composers who collaboratively scored Gods of the Game, produced by Grange Park Opera and Factory Films, broadcasted on Sky Arts.

In 2021-2022, Lucy was commissioned to write for choir and orchestra for Salford Choral Society and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. This led to a commission from the Cambridge Philharmonic and Chorus premièred in March 2023. Lucy has been commissioned by Psappha Ensemble, FontanaMIX, The London Sinfonietta, The Arch Sinfonia, RNCM Engage, the Borealis Saxophone Quartet and the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Juliet Fraser

Soprano Juliet Fraser specialises in the gnarly edges of contemporary classical music. Internationally recognised as a committed interpreter of new music, Juliet regularly appears as a guest soloist with ensembles such as Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Remix, Talea and Quatuor Bozzini, and as a duo with pianist Mark Knoop. She is a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002.

Juliet is an active commissioner of new repertoire and has worked closely with composers Laurence Crane, Pascale Criton, Bernhard Lang, Cassandra Miller and Rebecca Saunders. She is recognised for breathing new life into existing works such as Milton Babbitt’s Philomel, Morton Feldman’s Three Voices and Gérard Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil. Her discography reflects the full breadth of her repertoire, with acclaimed recordings of early music and several solo albums of contemporary repertoire released on NEOS, Kairos, HCR, Hat Hut and Another Timbre. Juliet is the founder and artistic director of the eavesdropping festival in London and co-director of all that dust, a little independent label for new music. She was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Southampton.

Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza was born in 1977 in London, where he lives and works. He has a BA in painting from Winchester School of Art, and MAs in critical practice and theory from Goldsmiths College, London, and in fine art from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Mirza has won international acclaim for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He devises sculptures, performances and immersive installations, such as The National Apavillion of Then and Now (2011) – an anechoic chamber with a circle of light that grows brighter in response to increasing drone, and completely dark when there is silence, or the Dyson Sphere (2022) – an earthbound version of a hypothetical, off-world megastructure in which a sun-like central tungsten light powers a carapace of photovoltaic panels. Processes are left exposed, and sounds occupy space in an unruly way, testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere. Mirza asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound, and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms.

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