Pixels Ensemble: Remembrance @ The Capstone Theatre (Great Hall) – 7:30pm
Sure to be a night of moving repertoire and recital, the ensemble plays chamber music writ large including Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, a piece composed whilst Messiaen was a prisoner of war in German captivity, and first played by his fellow prisoners on the only instruments they had available: clarinet, piano, violin, and cello.
Virtually Reality / New Music North West@ Royal Northern College of Music (MCR) – 7pm
Jagoda Szmytka, Michael Brailey, and Sam Kidel all feature in this night of compositions concerned with digital spaces and words or text conveyed by technological means. A pair of world premieres from Kidel and Brailey sits alongside Polish composer Szmytka’s disjointed, disintegrating and fascinating-sounding piece for four megaphones and voice. One of the opening events for New Music North West, billing itself as an ‘experimental and thought-provoking’ week of contemporary electronic and acoustic music. Free entry – no ticket required.
Behind the Screens: Music & Mental Health @ Open Eye Gallery – 6:30pm
Touring singer and songwriter Aniya Savage will perform material from her recent ‘Howl’ EP, alongside a screening of her music video collaboration with director Siobhan Cox, ‘Earthquakes’, as well as leading a discussion on mental health, a topic covered in much of her musical output. A free entry event provided by Open Eye running alongside their current exhibition ‘Culture Shifts: Local’.
Rattle / Ex-Easter Island Head / Charles Harward @ Everyman Theatre (Basement) – 8pm
This fourth iteration of ‘new music for old machines’ includes a solo performance by organiser Ben Duvall of EEIH, book-ended by a percussion-heavy couple of sets. Interlocking double-drum-and-vocals duo Rattle headline the night, after founder of post-punk trio This Heat and art-rock legend Charles Hayward presents a piece for solo snare drum – “the best you will ever see” as the description says online. A pay on the door affair with music starting at 8:30pm sharp.
Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip @ 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm
A BBC 6music favourite, this madcap act mix music and comedy, after a summer of festival success and rave reviews from those in the know, this seems like a good opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about.
Huma presents Jayda G @ Buyers Club – 11pm
A new dancing-encouraged night of DJ’d music upstairs at the Hardman Street venue, tonight’s headliner is a Canadian import in the form of Jayda G. Sure to be a friendly, funky and intimate party.
Maja Bugge / HPM @ The Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
One half of the evening comes from Norwegian cello player Maja Bugge, the other comes from Italians HPM, who perform using violin, electronics, and drum machines.
Mamadou & the Lekette Band @ Kazimier Garden – 7:30pm
Long-time Liverpool music scene stalwart, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Mamadou joins a new-ish conglomeration of skilled musicians, this time singing from behind the drumkit to play Senegalese Mbalax and Afrobeat music. In between and after will be records played by Al English. A free entry event.
Ian Boddy & Nigel Mullaney @ The Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
Ambient music partners for years, the pair have produced work for Boddy’s label DiN, as well as for film and television. Making use of a “huge arsenal” of modular synthesizer hardware old and new, this will be a unique performance on a bank of humming machinery and a must for any music technology enthusiast or fan of electronic music.
Frakass: A Noise Soiree @ Drop The Dumbulls Gallery – 7:30pm
Three electro-acoustic, industrial-techno, improv-ish solo performers from Belgiam are hosted by Frakass, plus local duo Vice Moth and WHXRS backing up with warped dance music and lo-fi electronics in equal measure. An early finish is promised to make sure everyone’s home in time to listen to PMS…
Looking ahead: Wednesday 22nd November
Philip Jeck, Michaela Grill & Karl Lemieux @ FACT – 9pm
A three-way collaboration from ever-revered local turntable-soundscape artist Jeck, with Grill on laptop and Lemieux using 16mm projector. Certain to be in high demand, this performance in The Box at FACT will be one to remember.