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Friday, 13 May 2022

Music & Maths: Iannis Xenakis at 100

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is presenting Music and Maths, a one-day festival at Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre and The Exchange, Birmingham on 29 May 2022, devoted to the beauty of maths within music,  marking the centenary of music theorist Iannis Xenakis. The are two concerts from BCMG, a family drop-in workshop and talks from the University of Birmingham and PRiSM (Royal Northern College of Music). Xenakis' music will be performed alongside especially commissioned visuals created by mathematician Marcus de Sautoy and animator Simon Russell. There are also world premiere performances by Emily Howard and Samantha Fernando.

The festival marks the centenary of Iannis Xenakis, the music theorist, architect, performance director and engineer. In the 1950s, Iannis Xenakis was employed in Le Corbusier’s offices for architecture and was viewed as an outsider by many of his peers for his orchestral, vocal and electronic music. He applied maths, random probability and graphic software to sound, creating worlds previously unheard of. His musical pieces revealed both the inner simplicity and the complexities of music.

Full details from the BCMG website.

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