The Manchester Collective is bringing together a strange and unsettling set of otherworldly music in a performance to be held at Future Yard, Birkenhead tomorrow (Friday 1 October.)
Molly Joyce’s ecstatic ‘High and Low’ opens the programme – solo piano presented as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature. ‘Curved Form (St Endellion)’ by Alex Groves, performed live for the first time, conjures up a meditative seascape for live electronics and strings.
Listeners are submerged in cascading tides and layered textures, contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic ‘In Beautiful May’.
In the end though, it’s back to the sea. Down, down, down. The night finishes with George Crumb’s enigmatic ‘Vox Balaenae’, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified. Music from another world.
If you love discovering new music (any music), then you’re in for a treat. You can find them playing at underground music venues, concert halls, even a restaurant in an old warehouse… The one thing that’s a constant is the quality of the experience, moving and intimate, built around music that they love and want to share with you.
You don’t need any pre-existing knowledge of the programme, composers or performers to enjoy yourself. Our shows are renowned for their informal spirit, with accessible spoken introductions to the music we play.
Manchester Collective’s Voice of the Whale is at Future Yard, 75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead. CH41 6AB tomorrow, Friday 1 October at 8pm (7pm doors) The bar will be open and serving food and drink before the show. Please note the venue operates a fully cashless service. Click/tap here for tickets
Image credit: Rakhi Singh, Music Director