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.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.