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Guide to contemporary music

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Interview
Accessing the future with Kronos Quartet
“When I was starting out in high school, there was no such thing as African string quartet music”. We speak to David Harrington, founder of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, to discuss the group's Fifty for the Future project, which aims to build a new string quartet repertoire for the 21st century. Find out how the group is helping young string quartets to play Inuit throat music and Egyptian wedding rave.
Unsuk Chin © Priska KettererUnsuk Chin on literature, creativity and solitude
Talking to the idiosyncratic composer about the difficulty of being seen as an individual.
Julia Wolfe © Peter SerlingBang on a Can’s utopia in a crazy world
Looking back on 30+ years of new music-making with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.
© Dilip BhatiaAn Indian classical maestro on his sarod concerto
We talk with renowned sarod master Amjad Ali Khan.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia WeselyPatricia Kopatchinskaja on new music and innovation
Patricia Kopatchinskaja enjoys challenging the limitations of traditional concert formats.
© George Grantham Bain Collection/Fred Palumbo/Dutch National ArchivesTen works that shaped contemporary music
These are the most influential works of the last century.
Charlemagne Palestine © Agnès GaniaCharlemagne Palestine’s Strumming Music
Charlemagne Palestine ushered in a unique piano style that is still striking today.
Arne Nordheim in 1968 © Wikimedia Commons | Municipal Archives of TrondheimAt Home Guide: Norwegian contemporary music
Norwegian composers make some of the most interesting music on the contemporary scene.
John Constable, London Sinfonietta
Talking to London Sinfonietta Emeritus Principal Piano.
Top 10 Living Women Composers
Talking about gender has become more important than ever. According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. Here, we look at some of the most boundary-pushing female artists working today, from Yoko Ono to Annea Lockwood.
Contemporary festivals
Trojan Women © National Theatre of KoreaTechnology and spirituality at Holland Festival
Esoterica from Armenia, video game operas, algorithmic audiovisuals and more.
Music for 18 Musicians at Bergen International Festival © Paal Audestad/NMH/Bergen International FestivalContemporary music festivals for 2018
We run down some of the festivals that no self-respecting new music fan should miss out on.
John Harris © Wattie CheungNew Music Dublin: iconoclastic and eclectic
An introduction to the latest iteration of Dublin’s foremost contemporary music festival.
Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije © Colin SamuelsA guide to contemporary music festivals
Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music.
Introduction to contemporary music
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Bad KissingenWiener Symphoniker in Bad Kissingen: Ives, Corigliano & Tschaikowsky

Ives, Corigliano, Tchaikovsky
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Martin Grubinger

BudapestBilly Elliot: The Musical

Billy Elliot: The Musical
John: Music from Billy Elliot
István Silló; Hungarian State Opera; Géza Köteles

AmsterdamOctavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower
Reagon: Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower
Eric Ting; Arnulfo Maldonado; Dede Ayite; Christopher Kuhl
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Williamson breaks new ground with BRB

Artists of BRB in Williamson's Embrace © Emma Kauldhar
It is good to see Birmingham Royal Ballet in such fine fettle. This triple bill is well conceived and deftly performed. Not always flawless in its execution, but a five star programme nonetheless.
*****
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Women / Create! A Festival of Dance

Yusaku Komori in Armitage's Donkey Jaw Bone © Stephen Pisano
A mix of new and tried and tested works by Karole Armitage, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Carolyn Dorfman and Jennifer Muller
***11
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An inspiring, faith-filled concert in Riga

Sigvards Kļava © Riga Festival
The Latvian Radio Choir, coupled with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra under the conductor Sigvards Kļava give an ethereal rendition of four contemporary Latvian composers in Riga Cathedral.
****1
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