This year’s programme kicked off with Recon, a festival celebrating the pioneering and unique musical and artistic landscape of Bradford and Leeds. The Bradford events were especially successful in showcasing the diversity of grassroots talent in the region, prompting new collaborations, utilizing the distinctive venues we have, as well as bringing international acts to the city.
The Spring/Summer programme will continue to build on this with a series of events culminating in Bradford Threadfest in May: a city-wide free festival. Now in its third year, Threadfest will include a broad range of activity - with art, film and performance as well as music - whilst still retaining a focus on independent and emerging practices.
Before that, we have two main M@BU events. The first is a weekend of improvised music at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Great Horton Rd, on the 21st and 22nd of February including performances from twelve-string acoustic guitar player Cameron Deas as well as Bridget Hayden, Eric Boros from France, Eight Thumbs from Glasgow, Alex South who will be performing clarinet pieces by Steve Reich and Evan Ziproyn, and many more.
The second is an event focused on innovative approaches and unusual takes on the voice, happening on Saturday 29th March at Theatre in the Mill, University of Bradford. This event is headlined by French duo Vialka who will be performing their ‘minimalist dinner-opera for two’ À l'Abri des Regards Indiscrets. Also on the bill are Sheffield-based ‘anti-choir’ Juxtavoices, led by renowned experimental musician Martin Archer, and Bradfordian singer Stephanie Hladowski.
As well as the events programme, M@BU is working with local charity Artworks to develop a proposal for musical activity and workshops to coincide with the Yorkshire stages of the Tour De France. The Mirrored Hammer - a radio show about art, music and social change written and presented by Fellow in Music Andy Abbott - continues to be broadcast on BCB 106.6fm and archived on our website. There are also plans for a publication version in the pipeline; and Fellow in Music Andy Abbott will also be writing up his PhD research about self-organised and Do-it-Yourself culture to form a publication provisionally entitled ‘DIY Bother?’.
The Bradford University Music Society (BUMS) - now in its full second year - is thriving. The society are making good use of the Tasmin Little Music Centre as a space for a number of open and facilitated groups, occasional workshops, individual practice space, and a base for organising their own concerts and showcases across the university and the city. Membership is open to all with discounted rates for students and those on low income. Please see www.brad.ac.uk/music/BUMS/FAQ/ for details on what’s on offer and how to join up.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you out and about at one of the events,
M@BU (Music At Bradford University), Arts on Campus.
Spring Summer 2014 events