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+ - 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.

+ - has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and London’s Resonance FM and has performed at the Borealis, Huddersfield, Transit and Ultima festivals, as well as the Cutting Edge series in London.

+ - has also performed in London at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Whitechapel Gallery and South Bank Centre as the resident ensemble at Rational Rec, a multidisciplinary arts platform.

Composers who have written pieces for the group include Laurence Crane, Bryn Harrison, Stefan Van Eycken, David Helbich, Michael Finnissy, James Saunders, Joanna Bailie, Trond Reinholdtsen, Damien Ricketson, √ėyvind Torvund and Erik Ulman.

plus-minus ensemble

Photograph: Benedict Johnson