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Photo: Otomo Yoshihide

LMC's 15th Annual Festival of Experimental Music

15 Dec 200617 Dec 2006

"International in its sweep, uncompromising in its substance" Time Out

London Musicians' Collective 15th Annual Festival brings together two dozen of the leading figures in the world of new music world over three nights of sustained intensity. Among them are Japanese turntablist Otomo Yoshihide, who presents the UK premiere of his ground-breaking large ensemble piece Anode; the grand master of French musique concrete, Bernard Parmegiani, showcasing a new multi-channel composition; and the UK debut of legendary Fluxus composer Ben Patterson.

"An obstinate clot of innovation among the rest of British music festivals" The Wire.

Friday 15 December

Otomo Yoshihide's Anode
Roel Meelkop
Tom Chant & Sharif Sehnaoui

The opening night of the LMC Festival presents Otomo Yoshihide's large ensemble project, Anode - the biggest project he has presented in London since the epochal Japanorama tour of 2001. Presented in two versions, quiet and (very) loud, Anode shares the first night with opaque Dutch laptop composer Roel Meelkop and the duo of English saxophonist Tom Chant and Lebanese guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui.

Saturday 16 December

Bernard Parmegiani
Andrea Neumann
Tim Barnes & Ishikawa Ko
Texturizer

The second night of the LMC Festival sees France's foremost living composer Bernard Parmegiani present two multi-channel, multispeaker works, including the UK premiere of "Au gré du souffle le son s'envole"; the debut of a duo comprising US percussionist Tim Barnes (featured player in Kim Gordon's epic Perfect Partner project) and the distinguished Japanese sho player Ishikawa Ko; a rare solo by German instrumentmaker Andrea Neumann; and state of the art improvisation from the young Greek duo Texturizer.

Sunday 17 December

Keith Rowe & Ben Patterson
Tomas Korber
Olivia Block
Chris Corsano & John Edwards

The final night of the LMC Festival kicks off with a free jazz freakout by Chris Corsano (drums) and John Edwards (double bass); a mind-boggling solo by Swiss electronics whizzkid Tomas Korber; the UK debut of the extraordinary Chicago-based sound artist Olivia Block; and the meeting of two titans of new music - Ben Patterson, the only African-American member of 1960s radical art movement Fluxus (which also included Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Lamonte Young), joined here by the globally influential English guitarist Keith Rowe, acknowledged as an influence on everyone from Pete Townshend to Sonic Youth and beyond.

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