City Summer Sounds

From across the Atlantic

7pm Tuesday June 9 2015
City University Performance Space
St John Street, London EC1V 4PB

Plus Minus presents an event exploring a range of experimental practices – from the theatrical to the microtonal – from four distinctive North American composers: Natacha Diels, Steve Takasugi, Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney.

Steve TakasugiStrange Autumn
Steve TakasugiDie Klavierübung: movement 1
Natacha Diels2.5 Nightmares, for Jessie
Pauline OliverosAll Fours
James TenneyCritical Band

Ultima Festival

Ultima Festival 2015

Friday 11 September 2015

Ensemble Plus-Minus presents a concert of two genre-stretching pieces especially written for the group. Matthew Shlomowitz’s Lecture About Bad Music (2015), drawing on scholarship from a range of fields and employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments, asks us to consider if a piece of music can be inherently bad, or whether such judgements are purely subjective. Alexander Schubert’s Sensate Focus (2014) on the other hand, is concerned with the interplay between sound and image, and adds light as a fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. Using strobing effects, Schubert explores issues of sampling and sensorial experience in both the audio and visual domains, and our ability to form continuities from discrete objects.

Matthew ShlomowitzLecture About Bad Music [wp]
Alexander SchubertSensate Focus

Cut and Splice 2015

8:00pm Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2015
Cafe Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street, London

Plus-Minus will be performing in this year’s Cut and Splice Festival at Cafe Oto, co-produced by Sound and Music, and BBC Radio 3. Cut & Splice 2015 links the work of the pioneers of the sonic avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment. Moving from the centre to the edges of music-making practices, from the last century to our own, the programme seeks to explore these dual radii of influence, that somehow overlap, create interference patterns and forming a fuzzy and yet compelling continuum on which the programmed works lie.

Friday 25 September (Fields/Machines)

Henry CowellAeolian Harp
Cathy van EckGroene Ruis
Luc FerrariPresque Rien No.1
Clara IannottaThe people here go mad. They blame the wind.
Simon Løfflerb
Michael PisaroFields have ears 1
Dawn Scarfe/listening glasses installation
Dawn ScarfeAir Traffic
Agostino Di ScipioAudible Ecosystems, n.3a (background noise study)

Saturday 26 September(Space/Translation/Device)

Peter AblingerWeiss/Weisslich 11b
Peter AblingerRenate Fuczik
Bryan EubanksDouble Portrait
Bryan EubanksListening through glass walls
Mauro Lanza/Andrea ValleRegnum Vegetabile
Alvin LucierSferics
James SaundersLike you and like you
Hildegard WesterkampKits Beach Soundwalk

Tickets can be bought here

Southampton University

1pm Monday 2 November 2015
Turner Sims Concert Hall
Southampton University

Matthew ShlomowitzLecture on Bad Music

Kammer Klang 2015

8:00pm Tuesday 3 November 2015
Kammer Klang
Cafe Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street, London

Matthew ShlomowitzLecture on Bad Music

Plus-Minus in Bilbao

8pm Tuesday 2 February 2016
Fundación BBVA Plaza de San Nicolás, 4. Bilbao

Matthew ShlomowitzFast Medium Swing
Aldo ClementiMadrigale
Newton ArmstrongNew work
José M. Sánchez-VerdúTres Caprichos
Bernhard LangDW23: …Loops for Dr.X