THIS WEEKEND: The No Frontiers Festival

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31 March 2017
No Frontiers Festival takes place in Birmingham until April 1

For boundary crossing, line pushing music contemporary music, be sure not to miss the remaining performers of the No Frontiers Festival.

In a number of venues until Saturday, April 1, genre-bending contemporary performers will be showcasing the best in barrier breaking music for the Festival, hosted by Birmingham City University’s Conservatoire.

Rochè Van Tiddens from the Conservatoire explained how  the title was changed from Frontiers to No Frontiers this year “in the light of recent political circumstances. The title now represents that there is no division in music, that all music is connected without boundaries, and that artists from all around the world can come together in a unifying festival.”

Rochè added: “I think so far the festival has been all-embracing for artists and audience’s tastes. The eclectic nature of the festival has been very enriching for me as a composer and listener. It has met my expectations and more.”

The festival has seen a week of inventive, electrifying talent from the likes of Fidelio Trio, Sean Clancy and a range of young, creative composers. Although the week is coming to an end, there are still multiple events to enjoy:

Tonight (Friday March 21):

Creative Ensemble – 6pm – Birmingham City University Parkside Building

A beautiful amalgamation of improvised and well rehearsed music with a large ensemble of composers and performers from the Conservatoire.

Thallein Ensemble – 7:30pm – Birmingham City University Parkside Building B4 7BD

£10 advance, £12 on the door.

Martijn Padding will be showcasing his instantly recognisable and vivid music alongside The Conservatoire’s Professor Joe Cutler and emerging artists Rochè van Tiddens and Amoret Abis.

Triplicity – 9pm – Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street B5 5RT

£4 advance

Triplicity will be playing homage to Birmingham’s expansive culture, noting in Birmingham’s past, present and future. Headed by Xhosa Cole.

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 1):

Vivid Trip – 10am-4pm – Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street B5 5RT

This exhibition features the best in visuals, music, film, performance, spoken word and much more. Featuring Stenton Press, Rochè van Tiddens and Oliver Mack to name but a few.

Decibel – 7pm – Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire B3 3HG

£10 advance, £12 on the door.

This 10-piece ensemble explore the experimental, energetic, extreme and unusual in contemporary music. Theatrical elements and improvisation complete this vivid experience.

For more information, visit the Birmingham City University’s website.

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