Cut & Splice 2017 - tickets on sale!

Distractfold by Dimitri Djuric at Cafe Oto
10th & 11th March 2017
Halle St Peter’s & Halle St Michael's, Manchester
Produced by: 
Distractfold in partnership with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3

We are delighted to announce that tickets to Cut & Splice 2017 are now on sale!

Part of Sound and Music’s wider Composer-Curator touring programme, the much-loved sonic arts festival will be taking place outside of London for the first time this spring. Manchester will welcome the festival in March with an array of UK premieres, special commissions and installations. 

Local curators Distractfold will be taking over Hallé St Peter's and Hallé St Michael's in Ancoats, Manchester for two days with an exciting and groundbreaking programme of music that explores technology as an unreliable narrator – a witty, distracted, vague, at times misleading ally. 

In the UK premiere of Steven Takasugi’s work The man who couldn’t stop laughing, it remains deliberately unclear which sounds are “real” and which are doppelgängers or shadows. In Hanna Hartman’s new work, a Cut & Splice Festival 2017 commission, listeners are presented with the hidden sonorities of instruments and objects, unlocked and amplified. In Christina Kubisch’s work Electrical Walks, participants hear real locations in impossible ways, using technological “ears”. In Lee Patterson’s installation, listeners can observe his unfolding exploration of tiny, amplified sonic phenomena in intimate detail.

“We invite you to join us for two days of musical and sonic exploration, focused on ideas of digital presence, omnipresence and ambiguity. As we share this festival of new music and experiences with our home city of Manchester, we are delighted to also share Manchester with the world, and we are tremendously excited to host and perform at the first edition of Cut & Splice Festival to take place outside of London.” – Distractfold Ensemble 

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About Distractfold 

The Manchester-born ensemble Distractfold specialises in performing instrumental, electro-acoustic and mixed chamber music of the 21st century. In 2014 Distractfold became the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. In 2016 it returned to Darmstadt, presenting two programmes of music at the Centralstation and curating a CD featuring remixes and reworkings of the festival’s 70-year archives. 

The ensemble’s past seasons include concerts at KLANG Festival in Copenhagen, NeoArte New Music Festival in Gdańsk, Outer Ear Series at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and the Kammer Klang concert series at Cafe Oto, London. The group has been in residence at the University of Huddersfield and Brunel University in London and is ensemble in residence of the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio. In 2016 Distractfold was invited to be a resident ensemble for the Harvard Group for New Music, and will return to the US in 2017 for a residence at Stanford University.

About Composer-Curator 

Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new music touring programme. First launched in 2013, it supports entrepreneurial artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by curating their own events – tours, festivals and concert series – and thus celebrates a step of change in the world of live music touring. Composer-Curator not only creates a space for artists to produce new work; it enables them to hone their curational skills, generating a more sustainable form of practice that can positively impact the new music sector as a whole.

About Cut & Splice 

Cut & Splice is as an acclaimed international festival of sound art and experimental music presented by Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3. Composers are invited to lead on the curation and production of the festival, as part of Sound and Music’s wider Composer-Curator touring programme. Performances and artist interviews are broadcast on Radio 3's flagship contemporary music show, Hear and Now. 

About BBC Radio 3 Hear & Now 

Hear and Now is Radio 3's primary contemporary music programme, featuring live performances and studio sessions from the best new groups, and premiering works commissioned by the BBC

Cut & Splice 2017

Event Information:

Free Sound Art Programme
Hallé St Michael’s

10-11 March, 11am-6pm

Evening concerts
Hallé St Peter’s 
10 & 11 March, 7pm

Full programme information here>>


Ticket Information:

  • £20 for a 2-night Festival Pass (advance, limited availability)
  • £12 advance
  • £14 door 
  • £8 student and concs (under 14s; over 65s; job seekers. Please bring student ID, proof of age or proof of receipt of JSA. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult)

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