ACM ensemble and Joe Snape + Darren Joyce

14 May 2015, 7.30pm

Fleck is an experiment in new musical storytelling; a tour that crosses lines of genre, medium and practice in search of unexpected connections and new forms. Created collaboratively by Another Contemporary Music ensemble and Joe Snape, a core of four instrumentalists and a touch typist will tour five English cities, and five cities in Europe.

The programme of all-new works centres on Fleck, Flob, Flop: a new large-scale work by Joe Snape for chamber ensemble, electronics and live-typed text projection. The sixteen-part piece explodes a mythical dispute between a beautiful bird and an ugly fish into a contemporary audiovisual drama. Documenting the complicated relationship between an elderly lady, her infirm husband, her onetime lodger and the audience, it poses big questions about love, death, and difference in small, off-kilter ways. Expect xylophonic melodies, half-working synthesisers and a kaleidoscope of weird, multi-coloured counterpoints.

In Birmingham only, the group will be joined by composer and instrument builder, Darren Joyce. A long-time member of electronic stalwarts Modified Toy Orchestra and Dreams of Tall Buildings, Joyce’s musical output spans decades and incorporates everything from minimalist noise and plunderphonic chaos to typewriters, microwaves and guitars. Lauded by The Wire and The Observer alike, Joyce’s commission for Fleck is a very exciting prospect indeed.

Advance tickets are £5 (+ 95p booking fee).
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Fleck is supported by the 2015 Sound and Music Touring Programme. 

Fleck. Imagre credit: Andy Sawyer