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Bristol New Music Festival turns four with Midori Takada, Ellen Arkbro, Deathprod, Laraaji

* Due to the ongoing impact of Coronavirus, Bristol New Music 2020 will not be taking place as scheduled.

The fourth edition of Bristol New Music Festival promises to daub the city in gold during its four days of exploratory concerts, exhibitions and workshops.

A new decade has begun, and with it comes the chance to undertake fresh experiences and step out of your comfort zone. As it so happens, the ever-experimental city of Bristol is once more hosting its biennial contemporary festival, the appropriately named Bristol New Music.

The burgeoning Bristol scene has been steadily pushing the envelope over the years, coaxing talent and effervescent artistry from every nook and cranny, cementing its place as one of the most avant-garde cities for music in Europe. The first wave of artists have been announced, with the promise of more performances, commissions, exhibitions and workshops to be announced in the build-up to the festival.

Among the names are legendary Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, the ever mysterious conceptualist Klein, Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro (performing her as yet unheard church organ piece ‘Chordalities’) and Bristol feminist improvisational audio-visual collective Viridian Ensemble.

Performing alongside these acts are Carl Stone, Deathprod (performing his latest album, ‘Occulting Disk‘), legendary American composer Alvin Curran, presenting a unique concert-installation and the boundary-pushing group Hezarfen Ensemble, with its unique programme of seven commissions for transcultural ensembles.

The festival is presented in collaboration with Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol.

Bristol New Music takes place between 23 – 26 April. Tickets are on sale now.


Áine O Dwyer / Alicia Carrera / Alvin Curran / Asuna / Beatrice Dillon / Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film / BULO / Carl Stone / Caroline / Copper Sounds / Deathprod / Dominic Lash / Ellen Arkbro / Ensemble Variances / Eric Baudelaire / Guo / Hezarfen Ensemble / Jabu ft. Daniela Dyson / James Massiah / Kelly Jayne Jones / Klein / Laraaji / Ligeti Quartet / Mattin / Maxime Guitton / Mica Levi / Mieko Kanno / Midori Takada / Miguel Prado / MSHR / Shirley Pegna / Sunun / Tapsew / Tara Clerkin Trio / UPROAR / Viridian Ensemble / Yas Clarke

The Anatomy Of The Orchestra Paraorchestra Bristol New Music 2018