Manchester Collective presents LAD | Future Yard


Ambient drone music meets baroque masterpiece…

We’re delighted to welcome the award-winning Manchester Collective back for one of their special contemporary classical events in our Live Room, which always produce incredible experiences. This event proves to be no different, with MC’s music director Rakhi Singh joined by guitarist Alan Keary to perform two shows on the night. Featuring the centrepiece performance of LAD by Julia Wolfe, and pieces by J.S. Bach and Steve Reich, for violin, electric bass and electronics.

Tickets available for either early performance (7pm start) or late performance (9pm start). £5 tickets available for Birkenhead residents.

Tickets available now.

Evoking the haze and heady atmosphere of underground clubs, violinist Rakhi Singh and guitarist Alan Keary (aka Shunya) come together to venture into unknown sound worlds. Expect a collision of genres in this eclectic set, replete with experimentation and improvisation.

Originally written for nine bagpipes and reinvented here for just one very loud violin – plugged into a fuzzy guitar pedal – LAD by Julia Wolfe is a formidable wall-of-sound experience. There’s no escaping its power. Elsewhere, a staple of the violin repertoire roars onto the stage. 300 years on, Bach’s Chaconne continues to captivate listeners with its relentless energy, intricate melodies and undeniable swagger. The third pillar is Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for guitar and tape. Cool, controlled and utterly mesmerising.

This is the kind of intimate and intense experience the Collective do best – a place where the boundary between performer and listener completely dissolves.

Listen to the original version of LAD on Spotify.

J. S. Bach Violin Partita No. 2, Chaconne – solo violin, 1717-20 (15”)
Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint, III. Fast – electric bass & tape, 1987 (15”)
Julia Wolfe (arr. Rakhi Singh) LAD – violin & tape, 2007 (17”)
plus works by Hildegard von Bingen, Rakhi Singh and Alan Keary

Approximate runtime: 75 minutes

Rakhi Singh Violin
Alan Keary Electric bass

Early performance – 6pm doors / 7pm start
Late performance – 8.30pm doors / 9pm start

Manchester Collective presents LAD

Manchester Collective presents
performers Rakhi Singh and Alan Keary
Friday 20th October 2023
Two performances, at 7pm and 9pm
75 Argyle Street
Tickets £15/£21/£5 advance – Mixed seating + standing

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm. Kitchen open til 9pm.
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