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Transcender Festival 2012
Barbican Centre, London

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The Barbican’s contemporary music autumn season begins in September with the acclaimed Transcender festival, a series of concerts that offers a look at transcendental, ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music. It explores music designed to transport the listener, to conjure trances or summon states of ecstasy.

This year’s festival includes artists from Iran, United States, Iraq and Armenia, and features a rare collaboration between Iranian maestro Hossein Alizādeh and one of Armenia's greatest musicians, Djivan Gasparyan, a celebration of Iraqi music, the Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, and a hypnotic multimedia collaboration featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Reliquary House at LSO St Luke's.
Transcender has always roamed freely in search of transporting musical experiences and its fourth year is no exception, exploring music from Iraq, Iran and Armenia - and including Jazz - for the first time. If there is a path that connects the bewitching melodic tendrils of Maqam-al-Baghdadi, the cosmic energy of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and the hypnotic meditations of Oneohtrix Point Never, this is the place to find it.
Chris Sharp, Music Programmer
Last update: 15/08/2012 12:06

Line up includes

17 September 2012, 7.30pm, Village Underground

The Necks
Tickets: £15.50
Produced by Village Underground
Together for 25 years the Australian cult trio, The Necks, enthral audiences worldwide with their compelling style of improvisation. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies orthodox description.

Thursday 27 September, 7.30pm, LSO St Luke's

On The Banks Of The Tigris
Featuring Farida Mohammad Ali & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, Yair Dalal, Ahmed Mukhtar
Tickets: £15 - 25
Produced by the Barbican
The festival starts with a celebration of Iraqi music and of the power that music has to unite people across religious boundaries and national borders. This concert brings together three musicians caught up in the Iraqi diaspora – the leading Maqam performer Farida Mohammad Ali (now resident in Holland); composer, violinist and oud player Yair Dalal (an Iraqi Jew who lives in Israel) and the London-based oud player Ahmed Mukhtar. The concert is inspired by a documentary of the same name by Marsha Emerman and Majid Shokor which is currently in production. Excerpts from the show will be included in the finished film.

Friday 28 September, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall

Hossein Alizādeh and the Hamavayan Ensemble, Djivan Gasparyan Ensemble
Tickets: £12.50 - 25
Produced by the Barbican
In this concert, Hossein Alizādeh, one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, and Djivan Gasparyan, an icon of the history of Armenian traditional music and a virtuoso of the Armenian flute called duduk, explore the musical traditions of their countries and come together for a rare collaborative performance. Their joint album Endless Vision, based on a previous collaboration, was nominated for the Best Traditional World Music Album of the Year 2007 in the Grammy Awards.

Sat 29 September, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall

The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen
Tickets: £15 - 25
Produced by the Barbican
In this special Transcender performance, Marshall Allen directs an expanded Sun Ra Arkestra line-up in a cosmic-jazz big-band version, accompanied by a specially-commissioned light show from psychedelic lighting pioneers Mystic Lights.
Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades, whose influence on diverse musicians is little known to the general public. A pianist and band leader, his style ranged from retro swing to avant free, often in the same piece. Ra was a keyboard improviser of great originality, but his foremost talent was for inspiring and teaching creative musicians to improvise freely but together. This tension between freedom and coherence was something he explored with abundant energy and skill. The Arkestra performs today under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen who became a pupil of Sun Ra and subsequently joined the Arkestra in 1958. As a member of the Arkestra, Allen pioneered the Free Jazz movement of the early sixties, having remarkable influence on the leading voices in the avant-garde. He assumed the position of Arkestra Musical Director in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall Allen continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra’s musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra’s music, as well as composing new music and arrangement for the Arkestra.

Sunday 30 September, 7.30pm, LSO St Luke's

Reliquary House + Eli Keszler & Bill Gillim (Megafortress)
Tickets: £15 - 20
Produced by the Barbican
A halucinatory multimedia performance which combines Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never’s driftingly cosmic, synth-driven compositions with live visuals from artist Nate Boyce, which was originally created for The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2011. An opening set from New York musicians Eli Keszler and Bill Gillim aka Megafortress, invited by Lopatin, will start this highly immersive experience

This information was last updated on 15/08/2012 12:06. Please check with the event website for any last minute changes.
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Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London
Greater London
EC2Y 8DS
United Kingdom

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