Alexander Hawkins heads up Emulsion Fest Part VII

The seventh installment of the genre-busting Emulsion Festival is set to take place at the MAC in Birmingham on 2-3 November, featuring performances exploring the hinterland where improvisation and composition meet. Heading up these performances will be hugely acclaimed pianist Alexander Hawkins who appears as a special guest with the Emulsion Sinfonietta, to perform in a myriad of small and large line-ups on collaborations, improvisations and new music – much of it written by the players themselves.

The revolving line-up features such leading jazz and classical players as Trish Clowes (saxophones), Louise McMonagle (cello), Lauren Weavers (oboe/cor anglais), Donald Grant (violin), Percy Pursglove (trumpet/bass), Catriona McDermid (bassoon), Chris Montague (guitar), Tom Harrison (saxophone) and James Maddren (drums). Things become even more fluid the following day as the Emulsify session presents an interactive performance to include audience members and musicians, all collaborating in a 'noise choir' on specially written material composed by Trish Clowes.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on/music

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