Politics of the Imagination

Politics of the Imagination

Saturday, 9 March 2024, 7.00pm

With influences from dubstep to Balkan rhythms, and featuring rappers from Birmingham’s hip-hop scene – composer Anselm McDonnell curates a concert as part of his residency with the London Symphony Orchestra which brings together three short musical sets exploring themes of playfulness, imagination and politics.

Set 1: Cross-Purposes (Anselm McDonnell) takes snippets from public figures apologising for breaking their own pandemic regulations and turns them into rhythmic grooves, accompanied by a sarcastic commentary from clarinet and cello. Vez (Ana Sokolović) draws us into a world of fast-paced Balkan rhythms and Arachnid (Gráinne Mulvey) unveils an unstable, skittering groove from long, undulating gestures.

Set 2: Black Arrow (Sungji Hong) uses electronics to manipulate music from the bass clarinet into new shapes, and PADDY (Donnacha Dennehy) builds layers of ostinatos into complex patterns.

Set 3: McDonnell’s new piece for clarinet, cello, percussion, sampler and rap artists questions: How can imagination and playfulness inform our politics? What if our solutions to problems were more creative, bizarre or ridiculous?

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Published by Anselm McDonnell on 15 February 2024

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