Sample New Music: Space Fight & BBC Symphony Orchestra

By Lindsey Last edited 129 months ago

Last Updated 31 October 2013

Sample New Music: Space Fight & BBC Symphony Orchestra

We’re partnering with Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, to introduce you to some intriguingly creative cultural events.

In November, we're sending our new music samplers into space and out to Maida Vale. Want to go too? Read on.

Space Fight: The Sci-Fi Tour

Bet that headline got your attention. Space Fight are an "audio-visual live band" comprising saxophone, electric guitar and electronic hardware. Their set is inspired by sci-fi novels by P.K. Dick and S. Lem and one piece uses satellite ozone data from NASA and the Stockholm Environment Institute to control the improvisation and visuals. Yep, this is pretty nerdy but zoom out from the detail and you can expect "acoustic contemporary jazz improvisation collided with glitchy electronic rhythms and ambient guitar riffs". Get a feel for it with this trailer.

Space Fight take their Sci-Fi Tour to King's Place on Sunday 10 November at 4pm. Tickets £12.50 online.

BBC Symphony Orchestra Play New Music from British Composers

BBCSO Young composers Tom Coult, Aaron Holloway-Nahum and Benjamin Oliver are spending time in residence with BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of Sound and Music's Embedded initiative, allowing emerging composers to develop new pieces within leading arts organisations.

At this intimate concert in the famous BBC Maida Vale Studios, you'll hear the premieres of Coult's Codex (Homage to Serafini), Holloway-Nahum's The Deeper Breath to Follow and Oliver's Lullaby for Joni.

Also on the bill, "galactic power on a compact scale" with Emily Howard's Solar and Robin Holloway's In China, a musical response to the visual stimuli of a visit to China, "ranging from the vastness of the physical landscape to the exploding urban chaos".

BBC Symphony Orchestra play new music by British Composers at the Maida Vale Studios on Thursday 14 November at 7pm. Tickets free, subject to availability.

Interested in more events like these? Browse listings in The Sampler.  See what our samplers made of The Night Shift, London Sinfonietta playing Stockhausen, and contemporary classical club nights Nonclassical and Blank Canvas.