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11.09.13

Graham McKenzie on hcmf//'s monumental John Zorn day

Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of hcmf//, reveals how this year’s programme will feature a first in the festival’s 36-year history: a full day devoted to John Zorn in his 60th birthday year.

Highlights of the day include the Arditti Quartet performing a new work by the iconic American composer, Zorn himself improvising on the St Paul’s Hall organ, concerts dedicated to his guitar works and his sacred vocal music, and an appearance by the New York ensemble ICE.

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14.08.13

Graham McKenzie on Hector Parra

hcmf// Artistic Director Graham McKenzie introduces the 2013 festival’s Composer in Residence Hèctor Parra and explains how the Catalan composer first captivated him at hcmf// 2011.

He reveals how Parra’s residency includes festival favourites the Arditti Quartet performing two of his works at the opening concert of hcmf// 2013, as well as the world premiere of FREC – a highly physical piece set to test the endurance of pianist Agustí Fernandez.

Graham also shares his excitement about two upcoming pieces by Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore and about the London Sinfonietta’s performance of George Friedrich Haas’ monumental  in vain.

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01.08.13

Art Rules - the new Twitter?

Interesting piece by Charlotte Higgins in today's Guardian. She takes a look at Art Rules, a new Twitter-shaped social media platform designed to encourage debate about the arts.

It launches on 21st August. Until then find out more here:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/jul/31/art-rules-ica-twitter-online-debate?CMP=twt_fd

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