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Yshani Perinpanayagam and Katherine Tinker: Provocation vs Play

Deep Time is Fruitmarket’s first festival of new music featuring commissions and performances from some of the leading radical and experimental composers, musicians and improvisors working today

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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Saturday 18.11.23. 7.30–10pm. Free or pay what you can (suggested donation £10). Book via Eventbrite

7.30–8.30pm: Yshani Perinpanayagam and Katherine Tinker: Provocation vs Play

With society’s ever-increasing political polarisation, the temptation to shout louder in order to reach those who feel ideologically far from us is immense. However, as the battles over the climate crisis continue to rage on, it is clear that this combative communication structure often results in those in opposition feeling more defensive of their existing view.

In this concert, Yshani Perinpanayagam and Katherine Tinker will explore an alternative way forward, turning to art for one of its strongest powers: bringing people together, through cooperation, collaboration and play. It is no mistake that we play games and play music; the idea of play can make concepts too-messy for words far more accessible. Play is connection. Play demands concentration, imagination and innovation, the very qualities that can lead us towards solutions to the challenges that face us today.

The programme will start with George Crumb’s epic Celestial Mechanics [Makrokosmos IV] Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano in which a rich and expansive kaleidoscope of sound is created, exploring the timelessness of the universe.The programme then moves to the urgency of the present moment: Claudia Molitor’s Polymer Hauntings is a requiem to fossil fuel, using one of its most day-to-day, visible manifestations: plastic. Ideas of activism, cooperation and play are then investigated in pieces by Max Syedtollan, Gillian Walker, Njabulo Phungula, and finally in Uri Agnon’s Put Your Hands Together [for late capitalism]: light-hearted and mischievous in its use of a simple gesture – a clap – to affect change.



George Crumb Celestial Mechanics [Makrokosmos IV] Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano, 1979

Claudia Molitor Polymer Hauntings, 2022

Max Syedtollan Electric Organ Duo, 2023 (world premiere)

Gillian Walker Corridor, 2023 (world premiere)

Njabulo Phungula Playground Postcard, 2020

Uri Agnon Put Your Hands Together [for late capitalism], 2022



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