Roberto Fabbriciani (photo: Silvia Lelli)

Resonant Edge, Edge Hill University’s first annual festival and symposium celebrating contemporary music, will take place this June.

An eclectic variety of artists will flock to the campus from 14th-17th June, including legendary contemporary jazz musician Jan Kopinski, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble 10:10 and avant-garde flautist Roberto Fabbriciani.

The festival will cross traditional borders of genre and medium, as well as traversing geographic frontiers. This diverse selection of music and sound art will feature a range of styles from contemporary jazz and classical to indie and electronic music.

An accompanying symposium will explore current thinking on a variety of subjects in music theory and aesthetics.

Concerts will include a recital from acclaimed Lithuanian pianist Lauryna Sableviciute, and a flute recital from the legendary Roberto Fabbriciani – avant-garde flautist and collaborator with some of contemporary classical music’s biggest names.

Composer and sound projectionist Francesco Giomi will present his piece Emotional Soundscapes in a double bill with Electroacoustic duo H725 who will explore the performance relationships between musicians, acoustic objects and electronic signals.

Jan Kopinski will present his saxophone rendition Kopinski Zoo. A saxophonist for over thirty years in the UK, Jan specializes in improvisational music – drawing on jazz, Eastern European and contemporary influences.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger McGough’s iconic tale of love Summer with Monika, which was subsequently scored and released on record with music by composer and guitarist Andy Roberts, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group Ensemble 10/10 will play Roberts’ original arrangements as McGough reads his epic poem, as well as featuring more of his classic poetry set alongside other music.  The concert will also feature premieres of works by Edge Hill’s Music Professors Stephen Davismoon and Stephen Pratt; inspired by the work of McGough. This event will be preceded by a talk from Edge Hill’s Professor Roger Shannon, The Mersey Sound at 50.

There will be two mixed media performance events that showcase work in various styles from a truly international group of composers including academics from Edge Hill University. Diverse concepts will be explored through soundscapes, immersive performances, and experiments with drone music and live coding to name a few.

Throughout the festival there will be a number of sound installations in situ at different locations on the Edge Hill campus.

The festival’s closing event on Saturday 17th June, will highlight music of students at Edge Hill University alongside some professional DJ sets.

The festival and symposium has been organised by Edge Hill’s Professor of Contemporary Composition Steve Davismoon (Head of Performing Arts) and Professor of Music Stephen Pratt.

Professor Davismoon said: “Resonant Edge is one of several new initiatives to further develop the music offering here at Edge Hill University as well as an opportunity to showcase the music research taking place here. The festival gives Edge Hill students a chance to experience cutting edge contemporary music and it will also see a group of students from Stockholm’s Royal College of Music visit us to work on four sound installations – with a view to our students visiting their University in the future.”

Click here (www.edgehill.ac.uk/resonant-edge/programme/) to see the full programme and to book tickets

Resonant Edge is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas which this year explores themes of ‘Identity and Belonging.’ The Festival of Ideas offers an exciting programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, round-tables and performances throughout June, more information can be found here (www.ehu.ac.uk/FOI)