London Contemporary Music Festival (LCMF), ‘the capital’s most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music’ (The Guardian), is back for its seventh edition in six years.
Teaming up with the Serpentine Galleries, Manchester label The Death of Rave, experimental ensemble Apartment House and choir collective Musarc, LCMF 2018 returns to Ambika P3, the epic, subterranean space that hosted our critically acclaimed edition last year, for six packed days of multi-disciplinary work, spread out over the first two weeks of December.
This year will also see us develop four satellite events at Second Home Spitalfields, Hanbury Street, Bloc (Autumn Street) club in Hackney Wick and Walmer Yard, Notting Hill.
LCMF 2018 takes inspiration from the tendrilled ideas of the philosopher Donna Haraway, whose calls for a ‘thick present’ and 'multi-species muddles’ have encouraged us to think like a gardener, dedicated to creating a ‘hot compost’ of music, dance, film and art.
The result is a programme that is richer and more tentacular than ever before, where singing cyborg statues and go-go dancers will rub shoulders with professional mourners and choral collectives; where you can hear the music of sea storms and the sound of great rivers and the destruction of Sodom. Earth will be shovelled, Berlioz will be jogged to, ladders will be scaled (unsuccessfully), lips will lock, life will teem.
Five major new commissions (from artists, electronic producers and composers), ecological talks, a club night, dance works, premieres by three generations of female electronic composers, art films, an experimental choral programme and an audacious set of orchestral first premieres...
LCMF was founded in 2013 by Aisha Orazbayeva, Igor Toronyi-Lalic, Sam Mackay and Lucy Railton, to provide a home for the promiscuous music lover. It is currently run by writer/curator Igor Toronyi-Lalic, composer/conductor Jack Sheen and curator Irene Altaió.
LCMF 2017 was their sixth festival in five years, following critically acclaimed editions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the world's first retrospectives of the composers Julius Eastman and Bernard Parmegiani.
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