Ether line-up announced for October 2012

Brandt Brauer Frick, John Cale, Apparat, Ghostpoet, Soap & Skin, and more

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 6th Sep 2012

Ether Festival 2012 - Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble @ West Holts
Photo credit: Phil Bull

Ether Festival 2012

Friday 5th to Saturday 20th October 2012
Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX, England MAP
Ticket price varies depending on event and seating

The line-up has been announced for Ether which this year takes place in October.

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble @ West Holts
Ether's programme features UK and London premieres, a mix of electronics, classical music, visual arts, dance and a celebration of John Cage's centenary.

The acts confirmed for this, the 11th year, include Brandt Brauer Frick, Busnoys, Lund Quartet, a double bill featuring Ghostpoet and Soap & Skin, as well as Apparat performing songs from the album 'The Devil's Walk'.

The bill also featured John Cale's return to Ether to perform songs from his new album 'Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood', and the London premiere of Jonathan Harvey's 'Weltethos' with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Edward Gardner.

Tyondai Braxton former singer, guitarist and keyboardist of Battles joins London Sinfonietta and Wordless Music Orchestra to perform his 2009 album 'Central Market'. There are also performances from iamamiwhoami aka Swedish singer-songwriter Jonna Lee, Anna Meredith + Horsebox, the world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Adventures in Sound with BBC Concert Orchestra, and Nick Luscombe presents Rough Fields.

Mount Kimbie headline an evening of electronic music with Raime, Bass Clef, Ekoclef, and Airhead.

Ether 2012 also joins the John Cage centenary celebrations with Danza Preparata featuring Rolf Hind performing the 'Sonatas and Interludes' and a dancing cat called Mia, and the Royal Philharmonic Society avant-gardistas Apartment House present an all-Cage programme following their sold-out Cage concert last year. Plus violinist and pianis Darragh Morgan and John Tilbury play Morton Feldman's 1982 homage to the American composer, 'For John Cage'.

Aslo appearing over the festival are Decasia, Gillian Moore, Oliver Coates, New Radiophonic Workshop, Christian Marclay, and Chunky Move.

Jane Beese, Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre, said, "Ether 2012's eclectic offering ranges from the return of John Cale, the double debut of Ghostpoet and Soap & Skin to an evening of contemporary dance with a cat responding to John Cage. It's a festival of discovery that delights in the unexpected."

Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre, added, "Emblematic of Ether's cross-genre, experimental spirit, Tyondai Braxton performing his own music alongside Varese and Takemitsu will be an experience like no other. I am also delighted to showcase Jonathan Harvey, the much loved doyen among British composers. His Weltethos, a rare evening-length work for full orchestra, is a major achievement in recent British music history."

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Once again, technological pioneers and musical innovators past and present take over Southbank Centre for a series of concerts, talks and strange collaborations. Ether is currently in it's 11th edition and runs from Friday 5th until Saturday 20th October 2012 at the Southbank Centre.

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