+ - is an Anglo/Belgium octet committed to presenting new work alongside landmark modern repertoire.

Formed in 2003 by Joanna Bailie and Matthew Shlomowitz, + - is distinguished by its interest in avant-garde, conceptual, and experimental open instrumentation pieces such as Stockhausen‘s 1963 classic, from which the group takes its name.

+ - regularly performs in London at Kammer Klang (Cafe Oto) and City University; has been regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3; has performed at the Borealis, Huddersfield, Transit and Ultima Festivals; and has upcoming concerts in the Cut and Spice Festival (London) and Fundación BBVA in Bilbao. + - also works with student composers and has given workshops and concerts at Bath Spa University, City University, Durham University, Guildhall School of Music, Huddersfield University, Stanford University and the University of Southampton.

+ - has given profile concerts of music by Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison and James Saunders, as well as working with composers such as Peter Ablinger, Johannes Kreidler, Bernhard Lang, Trond Reinholdtsen, Alex Schubert and Jennifer Walshe.


plus-minus ensemble

Photograph: Benedict Johnson