MUSIC FOR A BUSY CITY
As part of our 6 month campaign for Manchester International Festival, Music for a Busy City took six leading composers out of the concert hall and into Manchester to make music for the spaces through which we pass every day.
This pioneering project featured six new pieces of music, each created in response to a specific space in Manchester – from shopping centres and train stations to the Town Hall. Up to 10 minutes long, these recorded pieces became part of the spaces that inspired them – playing in rotation every hour, so audiences could journey around town and hear each one in succession.
(above) This artist spotlight film reveals the process and passion behind Matthew Herbert's music. His works include albums, film scores, art installations and collaborations with everyone from Heston Blumenthal to Björk.
Anna Meredith creates acoustic and electronic music for a wild variety of contexts and audiences. Varmints won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Mohammed Fairouz has been hailed as ‘one of the most talented composers of his generation’ by the BBC.
Huang Rio draws inspiration from ancient Chinese music, rock, experimental music, noise, processed sound and other styles in his writing for everything from opera to sound installations.
Manchester International Festival
Rob Booker & Phil Barber