Aurora Orchestra launches a new residency at St Mary’s Ashford with a collaborative performance featuring Manu Delago, known worldwide for his work with Icelandic superstar Björk. A percussionist and composer, Delago has pioneered the mesmerising sound of the hang – an instrument that looks like an upturned wok and produces a resonance somewhere between a harp and a tabla. Together they take a surreal journey through the rooms of a house, starting in the kitchen with a jazz ballet for spoons, dishcloths, sieves and saucepans by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů and ending up in the bathroom with Manu Delago’s brilliantly rhythmic Music for two acoustic toothbrushes. (See the video below).
The programme also features radiantly beautiful chamber music from Thomas Adès and Toru Takemitsu, as well as a fast-paced new work for strings and electronics by Manu Delago, this concert takes listeners from the sublime to the ridiculous (and back again!). The hallmarks of Aurora’s performances at St Mary’s are the vibrant collaborations with local school students and this concert will be no different, as Aurora musicians welcome pupils to the stage for a side-by-side performance.
13th November: St. George’s Bristol
14th November: Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University
14th November: The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
15th November: LSO St Luke’s
16th November: St. Mary’s Ashford
If you haven’t yet discovered the amazing sound world of the hang, check out the concert trailer below:
Supported by Orchestras Live