Bristol New Music 2018 brings together an exciting array of eclectic artists presented in more venues across the city than ever before including art galleries, theatre atriums and Bristol’s epic former IMAX cinema. Here are five top picks from the eclectic festival…

A night of electronic music in the gallery

Spike Island’s huge gallery spaces turn into a gig venue for a night of visionary contemporary live music with performances from artists including Elysia Crampton who presents the UK premiere of her new solo show Red Clouds, plus live sets from Coby Sey and SIREN DJs amongst others. All taking place inside an installation designed by the artist group AUDINT.

Discover the anatomy of the orchestra

Your chance to walk amongst a live, 51-piece orchestra as it plays and feel the power of its epic sound... from inside it! Just how do the musicians come together to play in perfect time? Create your own sonic mix as you explore four levels of Colston Hall’s foyer filled with musicians from British Paraorchestra and Army of Generals.

Riffs at lightning speed!

Fans of unusual electronic instruments will enjoy Sarah Angliss performing her album Ealing Feeder using a robotic carillon which she ‘built to play riffs at lightning speed’ and a Theremin instrument which is controlled without any physical contact.

If you fancy a go with an instrument yourself, there is a show-and-tell session at 5pm before the performance.

Float in space with orbiting instruments

If you enjoyed dissecting the orchestra at Colston Hall, this performance by Ensemble Variances of Thierry Pécou’s Outre-Mémoire conceives of the piano as a centre of gravity surrounded by satellites, the flute, the clarinet and the cello.

Kaleidoscopic sounds and super-sized visuals at Bristol’s former IMAX cinema

A special show by LA-based composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith performed on the rare modular system of the Buchla 100 synthesizer, with visuals by director and animator Sean Hellfrisch filling the mind-bendingly huge screen.

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Browse the full Bristol New Music programme here

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Bristol New Music 2018

Bristol New Music 2018 brings together an exciting array of eclectic artists presented in more venues across the city than ever before to create a weekend of new music filled to the brim with inspiring performances, unique collaborations and fearless aural exploration.

Bristol New Music 2018: Sarah Angliss: Aether Music and Oramics at St George's Bristol
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Bristol New Music 2018: Sarah Angliss: Aether Music and Oramics at St George's Bristol

Using Theremin, robotic carillon and other instruments, Sarah Angliss performs highlights from Ealing Feeder, her steely and unsettled love letter to the city which explores London folklore past and present.

Bristol New Music 2018: The Anatomy of The Orchestra at Colston Hall
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Bristol New Music 2018: The Anatomy of The Orchestra at Colston Hall

Renowned conductor, Charles Hazlewood, leads The Army of Generals with members of the British Paraorchestra, in a live sound installation that exposes the workings of a live ensemble.

Bristol New Music 2018: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith at Bristol IMAX
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Bristol New Music 2018: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith at Bristol IMAX

Performing in the oversized cinema environment of Bristol’s IMAX, synthesist and composer, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith performs the multi-dimensional music from her acclaimed 2017 album, The Kid, amidst specially curated visuals.

Bristol New Music 2018: AUDINT Elysia Crampton: Red Clouds, Coby Sey, Laurie & Olly
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Bristol New Music 2018: AUDINT Elysia Crampton: Red Clouds, Coby Sey, Laurie & Olly

A night of visionary contemporary live music in Spike Island's gallery space.

Bristol New Music 2018: Ensemble Variances at University of Bristol Auditorium
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Bristol New Music 2018: Ensemble Variances at University of Bristol Auditorium

Ensemble Variances’ Thierry Pécou’s Outre-Mémoire, promises an experience for all senses in commemoration of the slave trade.