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The University of Southampton

Cross Channel Event

13:00 - 13:50
11 May 2015
Turner Sims University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Louise Johnson on 023 8059 8424 or email .

Event details

Belgian ensemble Fractales continue their cross-channel collaboration with Southampton composers

In January this year, Ensemble Fractales commenced a cross-channel collaboration with three emerging composers from Southampton. The young Belgian ensemble travelled across the channel to work closely with them on the beginnings of three new works, demonstrating techniques and ensemble possibilities, and exploring fresh ideas. A little over three months later, we are excited to return to Southampton to present the fruits of this collaboration.

The concert thus crosses the channel between performers and composers, creation and interpretation. The works themselves, in their often-eclectic stylistic diversity, represent the crossing of many other channels: high and low art, music and social commentary, soloists and ensemble.

The concert also presents Enno Poppe’s youthful Gelöschte Lieder (“erased songs”), a work that demonstrates both Poppe’s indebtedness to French spectalism and his now characteristic developmental processes derived from biology. This work similarly crosses cultural channels by weaving Azerbaijani melodies into its European new music language.



Ben Jameson - Powerchord Study (2015) WP
Martin Humphries - Russell 3000 (2015) WP
Oliver Sellwood - Diminished Returns (2015) WP
Enno Poppe - Gelöschte Lieder (1996/9)

WP = world premiere


Ensemble Fractales

Fractales is a young contemporary ensemble of international musicians based in Brussels, working under the guidance of the Ictus and Spectra ensembles. Their five members originally hail from Australia, Brazil, France, and Japan.

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Louis Bleriot over English Channel
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