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The week-long event, which incorporates venues ranging from the Leeds City Museum to area churches and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, is a new iteration of the multimedia festival begun in 2006 and hailed by The Guardian as a gathering "where the classical avant garde cheerfully rubs shoulders with jazz, rock and electronica." Building on its established format of commissioning new work, the 2009 festival features commissioned works and UK debuts by a number of influential and groundbreaking artists, one of which is "Fusillage," a new audio installation that "celebrates the UKs bell ringing tradition and brings it bang up to date with new bell peals written by leading composer Gavin Bryars and French multi-instrumentalist Colleen."
Not to be outdone, Efterklang will perform their album Parades in its entirety with the Britten Sinfonia at the new Leeds Academy. The performance will be the first of its kind in the UK, and only the second time ever - Danish collective ran through the acclaimed 2007 album with orchestral accompaniment once before, last fall in Copenhagen.
While both Colleen and Efterklang represent for the Leaf Label (along with A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Nancy Elizabeth, who will be performing with The Acorn), the wider festival program features more than 30 events and incorporates a host of artits and performers, primarily in thought-provoking collaborations. Included in the Fuse Leeds program are events as varied as "Spanish Bombs: A tropical tribute to The Clash" and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals."
Designed to "explore the boundaries of visual art, architecture and composition," three such musical works will be rendered by the musical theater ensemble Psappha, who will perform works by toy designer Paul Farrington, London architecture group Amenity Space, and composer Leafcutter John. The performance is billed as inspirational ode to "the creative approach" of influential Romanian-born Greek architect and composer Iannis Xenakis, who is the subject of the BBC documentary Something Rich and Strange: The Life and Music of Iannis Xenakis, which will be screened as well.
Tickets for the entire schedule are now on sale from the main festival box office at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and online via www.fuseleeds.org.uk. SEE ALSO: www.fuseleeds.org.uk
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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