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Birmingham: REFRESHERS’ FAIR

January 15, 2016 at Guild of Students, University of Birmingham in Birmingham.

Fancy some free stuff in your first week back? OF COURSE YOU DO. Relieve the, er, ‘majesty’ of Freshers’ Fair and get your hands on some of our 30,000 FREEBIES (may or may not constitute a balanced lunch) by joining us at Refreshers Fair. We’ve got the following up for grabs:

* 10,000 x Dolmio Pasta & Sauce
* 10,000 Whitworths Fruit & Nut Shot Packs (think tasty little packets of berries, seeds, nuts and chocolate!)
*10,000 x Yazoo Milkshakes

Plus, as ever, DOMINO’S will be on hand with some of their DELICIOUS PIZZA.

We’ve also got information stalls, student discounts and lots more for you to discover. Join us in the Underground on Friday 15th January and fill your boots!

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Refreshers is kindly sponsored by Domino’s Pizza.

Address: Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
REFRESHERS

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Birmingham: CAPTAIN HORIZON : Birmingham, Asylum 2 + Special guests (TBA)

February 05, 2016 at The Asylum 2 in Birmingham.

Captain Horizon begin their 2016 touring with a return to Birmingham, the scene of an epic performance last year. Special guests to be announced.

Midlands-based alternative rockers Captain Horizon released their 2nd full album “Imitation Sun” in 2015 via Rocksector Records and perhaps for the first time define the band’s sound and approach to making music. Guitarist Josh Watson explains.. “We’re not a metal band, not an indie band, not a rock band, or a punk band either. We write energetic music with guitars, drums and passionate vocals and even though we don’t really know what genre we actually fit into, it’s an interesting development that the album sounds so unified and purposeful. For the first time we can sit back and listen with a clear idea of what Captain Horizon actually is“.

The band has previously released 3 EPs, followed by a debut album “The Lights Of Distorted Science” which was re-released as a digital-only bonus edition when they signed with Rocksector Records in 2014.

Mark Appleton owner/manager of Rocksector Records has this to say.. “Captain Horizon write & produce uncommonly well-crafted songs. The themes and melodies are impressive, inventive and positively invasive, whilst the live performances are epic”

Band website : www.captainhorizon.co.uk | Label website : www.rocksector.com

Address: 38-40 Hampton Street, Birmingham
CAPTAIN HORIZON : Birmingham, Asylum 2 + Special guests (TBA)

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Birmingham: Visualising Sound: Art & Music workshop

February 12, 2016 at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

Anthony Robb flute
Jack McNeill clarinet
Jeremy Clay workshop leader

Join Jeremy Clay and two professional musicians in the Barber Gallery to create new musical interpretations of works of art by Dahl, Strozzi and Auerbach. Our musicians will explore sounds and techniques to help participants create their own music with graphic interpretations of art that will then be performed in a Sound Tour around the gallery.

This workshop includes the lunchtime concert given by the Hermes Ensemble, which also features flute and clarinet, to help spark your imaginations.

No musical or artistic knowledge is required. Open to adults only. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Visualising Sound: Art & Music workshop

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Birmingham: ULRIKA SPACEK

February 09, 2016 at Hare & Hounds Kings Heath in Birmingham.

THIS IS TMRW
PRESENTS
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9TH
THE HARE AND HOUNDS

ULRIKA SPACEK (TOUGH LOVE)
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS TBA

ULRIKA SPACEK – https://soundcloud.com/tough-love/ulrikaspacek-beta-male/s-lDf2F

Formed in Berlin in one night, 14-year-long friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams conceptualised ‘Ulrika Spacek’ and came up with The Album Paranoia as their debut album title. Moving back to their shared house ‘KEN’, an ex art gallery in Homerton in the summer of 2014, they began work on the project which was to become 10 track experimental alt-rock masterpiece The Album Paranoia.

Ulrika Spacek’s soundscape has drawn assorted interpretations, a cross pollination of hypnotic fuzz, with Tom Verlaine (Television) and Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) guitar idiosyncrasies and intertwining feelings of both angst and melancholia. An amalgamation of their record collection, influences range from Krautrock to Sonic Youth and the above.

Taking a DIY approach to recording the album, the two Rhys’ used a drum machine on the first demos, and then brought in three skilled musicians and friends to complete the live formula and re-record the album. The live phase unified The Album Paranoia and ‘Oysterland’, a series of club nights curated by the band, showcasing their first live performances with art installations.

Collectors of old TV’s “we own TV’s that we hope will become wormholes,” the band’s visual presentation is just as tied to ‘Ulrika Spacek’ the project as the music. Through Oysterland, the five have been able to share eccentric, mind manifesting art that illustrates the fuzzy, psychoactive sounds of the record.

From pulsating hook-intense opener “I Don’t Know”, to heady, sky-high “Porcelain” and “Circa 1954”, The Album Paranoia twists and turns, taking you from lo-fi haze to profound hysteria in “Beta Male” and “She’s a Cult” – the lead single that reflects a “blurry time” for the band, as the track distorts from thrashing guitars to tender melodic embellishments. “Strawberry Glue” and “There’s a Little Passing Cloud in You” are road-trips fuelled by hallucinatory, culminating on “Airportism”, a delicately beautiful OK Computer-worthy finale.

Manifesting the listener’s intellect and diving head first into the genius of ‘Ulrika Spacek’, the band and the concept, for the music innovator searching for meaning, The Album Paranoia will help you find it.

TICKETS: £6
AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Hare-And-Hounds/This-is-Tmrw-presents-UlrikaSpacek/12635506/

DOORS: 7.30PM

MORE INFO: http://www.thisistmrw.co.uk

Address: 106, High st, Kings Heath, Birmingham
ULRIKA SPACEK

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Birmingham: HEADLINE January Blues FREE PARTY

January 30, 2016 at SlugandLettuce Birmingham in Birmingham.

For our 1st event of 2016, we invite you to shake off your January Blues & join us for our FREE PARTY!

★★☆★★☆★ HEADLINE FREE PARTY ★☆★★☆★★

At the helm will be Headline favourite DJ James Blond, a regular behind the Slug turntables & firm favourite from Birmingham dancefloors from days gone by.

A regular at Miss Moneypenny, Cream, Sundissential, Gods Kitchen, Ministry Of Sound & Gatecrasher to name a few, James will be bringing anthems old & new to wave goodbye to the grimmest month of the year!

The Headline crew will once again be back in full force for another FREE EVENT at Birminghams Slug & Lettuce showcasing all the huge anthems you all know & love!

Be ready to raise a festive glass as we play host to some of the biggest tracks from the 90’s & 00’s

★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★

SATURDAY 30th JANUARY 2016

DJ JAMES BLOND

★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★☆★★

If you have been before, you know what we are talking about, If you are new to the programme, why not join us as we bring you one of the biggest free parties in the Birmingham

head for HEADLINE & join the party!

for a taster of what to expect, grab yourselves a bit of nostaglia here: http://bit.ly/JBClassics

HEADLINE
SlugandLettuce Birmingham
9pm-2am
FREE ENTRY

Address: The Slug and Lettuce, Waters Edge, Brindley Place, Birmingham
HEADLINE January Blues FREE PARTY

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Birmingham: Joel Sachs – piano

February 16, 2016 at Bramall Music Building in Birmingham.

Cage – Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano

Juilliard Professor, conductor and concert pianist Joel Sachs performs John Cage’s 70-minute masterpiece for prepared piano. Sonatas and Interludes is a collection of twenty short piece written between 1946 and 1948, taking inspiration from the eight elements of the Rasa (heroism, eroticism, wonder, mirth, sorrow, fear, anger, and tranquillity) and reflects the composer’s newfound interest in Indian philosophy.

Cage’s development of the prepared piano – the use of foreign objects in and attached to the pianos strings and hammers – enabled him to create new colours and textures never before heard from one instrument.

The Dome, Bramall
Tickets: £5 ful price, £3 concesssions/students

Address: Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston,, Birmingham
Joel Sachs - piano

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Birmingham: Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston

February 16, 2016 at Bramall Music Building in Birmingham.

Aisha Orazbayeva – violin
Joseph Houston – piano

Feldman – For John Cage

In 1982 Morton Feldman wrote For John Cage, a gradually evolving 70-minute world of sounds, rich in tone colour, the hallmark by which Feldman has come to be known. Cage and Feldman became lifelong friends after a chance meeting in the lobby outside a New York Philharmonic concert in 1950 (they had both left after being disappointed by the audience response to Webern’s Symphony, Op. 21).

Cage encouraged Feldman to move away from his earlier use of serial technique and was influential throughout Feldman’s career. Between them, Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston have played venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Aldeburgh and Latitude festivals, St John’s Smith Square, and Wigmore Hall and are established duo partners.

Please note that there is no interval in this concert and latecomers will not be admitted.

Due to the nature of the piece being performed we ask that those attending the concert stay for the duration of the performance.

Admission: Free

Address: Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston,, Birmingham
Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston

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Birmingham: Ady Suleiman // Sunday 6th March // Hare & Hounds

March 06, 2016 at Hare & Hounds Kings Heath in Birmingham.

SJM Present

Ady Suleiman

Doors: 7pm

Tickets: £7
(Ages 14+ – Under 16’s Must be Accompanied by an Adult)

A deft songwriter and a singer with soulful brilliance who hails from the outskirts of Nottingham, Ady Suleiman has been earmarked as an artist to watch by the likes of Fader, Beat, Hunger TV, RWD and Line of Best Fit (to name a few). With a rich era-spanning appreciation of music, and an innate need to turn life experiences into narrative, Ady has developed a timelessly classic yet fresh sound and lyrical distinctiveness which has garnered him a broad range of influential fans from both sides of the Atlantic.

After being spotted by BBC Introducing’s Dean Jackson, the half Tanzanian, half English 22 year old was picked by Laura Mvula, Leon Bridges and Lianne La Havas to support them on tour. While Chance the Rapper invited him to feature on his Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment album, ‘Surf’, and Joey Bada$$ step up to appear on his recent ‘What is The Score’ EP release.

Address: 106, High st, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Ady Suleiman // Sunday 6th March // Hare & Hounds

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Birmingham: Moseley Folk Presents Villagers

February 07, 2016 at Glee Club Birmingham in Birmingham.

Villagers return to Glee touring their Where Have You Been All My Life? album.

Fresh off American tour dates as special guest to Paul Weller and John Grant, Villagers announce an extensive UK and European tour for January and February 2016.

Where Have You Been All My Life?, released on 8th January 2016, is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative.

Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from Villagers’ most recent studio album, Darling Arithmetic.

The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.

Included in the album is a new recording of ‘Memoir’, which O’Brien wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg; it can be found on her 2011 album Stage Whisper, but has never before been recorded by Villagers until now.

Moseley Folk Presents Villagers

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Birmingham: University New Music Ensemble

February 12, 2016 at Bramall Music Building in Birmingham.

Daniele Rosina director
Percy Pursglove trumpet/flugel horn*
Lydia Haynes, Holly Singlehurst, Amy Farnell vocalists^

Berio Folk Songs^
Daria Kwiatkowska trickling water, gentle bells
Gil Evans Sketches of Spain*

In an exciting and collaborative concert new music, jazz and folk intertwine. The University’s New Music Ensemble present a rich programme including a Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain with guest soloist Percy Pursglove, and perform Berio’s Folk Songs with talented vocalists, in addition to Daria Kwiatkowska’s trickling water, gentle bells.

Berio’s 1964 work for seven instruments and voice, Folk Songs, sets the tone for this, an eclectic programme dominated by the 40-minute Sketches of Spain. The unrivalled combination of jazz legend Miles Davies and composer/arranger Gil Evans ensured that this jazz masterpiece has remained one of the most popular of all of Davies’s albums and continues to captivate audiences in concert. Sketches of Spain features an extended and re-voiced version of the second movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, as well as traditional Spanish melodies, original themes by Evans and music by Manuel de Falla.

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building
Tickets: £10, £8 concessions, £3 students

Address: Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston,, Birmingham
University New Music Ensemble

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