La Ciudad de las Ideas
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

La Ciudad de las Ideas

The Radio Science Orchestra headlines CDI 2019 in Puebla, Mexico

When you think about something epic, lots of things might come to mind: humankind on the moon, the extinction of dinosaurs, cellular regeneration, metabolism, Artificial Intelligence, eradication of intolerance, inclusion as a society defining agent, the immediacy in which we live in, ocean waves, the millimetric movements of the Solar System, the dreams that become a reality, and every single thing we simply question.

But what makes something epic? Is there something intangible and irrevocable that makes things epic? The answer is yes, and it is time itself.

It was Heidegger who analyzed: “when time is only rapidity, instantaneity and simultaneity; while the temporal, understood as historical happening, has disappeared from the existence of all people; then, just then, these questions will come as ghosts: Why? Where? And then what?”

We want you to come with us and reinvent the moon landing, celebrate once again the undefinable, watch the award-winning short-film Skin, feel the hours in space, question the validity of abortion, discover the ingenuity in children. We want you to join us and recover your ability to be amazed, to continue smiling with comedy brought all the way from Africa, and above all, to discover new definitions of what it means to be epic.

These are only a few of the things we want to share during this edition of La Ciudad de las Ideas. We invite you to live an epic experience, to feel the science, the arts, and humanities in their highest forms, to suffer others’ pain and empathize with the forefront questions. Overall, we invite you to be a part of this movement and to epically empower your minds.

Welcome to CDI 2019: This is Epic!

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Retrophonica: Performance 2
Oct
13
8:30 PM20:30

Retrophonica: Performance 2

On Sunday 13 October, the evocative subterranean setting of Brunel's Thames Tunnel will host an immersive evening of music for theremin and full orchestra. This début concert from RETROPHONICA celebrates the centennary of the world's earliest successful electronic instrument and the remarkable story of its eponymous inventor, Léon Theremin.

Expect an immersive audio-visual experience, complemented by cocktails, lightshow, and narration from acclaimed author Ken Hollings, featuring original and adapted music for theremin by Dmitri Shostakovich, Bohuslav Martinů, Miklós Rózsa, Les Baxter, Claude Debussy, John Williams and Alex Palmer, performed by RETROPHONICA with theremin by Charlie Draper and new arrangements by Alex Palmer.

DATE: Sunday 13 October 2019

TIME: doors and bar from 6PM, Performance 1 at 7PM sharp.

LOCATION: Brunel Museum, Southwark, London SE16 4LF

TICKETS: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/south-london/brunel-museum/retrophonica-dbut-concert

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Retrophonica: Performance 1
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Retrophonica: Performance 1

On Sunday 13 October, the evocative subterranean setting of Brunel's Thames Tunnel will host an immersive evening of music for theremin and full orchestra. This début concert from RETROPHONICA celebrates the centennary of the world's earliest successful electronic instrument and the remarkable story of its eponymous inventor, Léon Theremin.

Expect an immersive audio-visual experience, complemented by cocktails, lightshow, and narration from acclaimed author Ken Hollings, featuring original and adapted music for theremin by Dmitri Shostakovich, Bohuslav Martinů, Miklós Rózsa, Les Baxter, Claude Debussy, John Williams and Alex Palmer, performed by RETROPHONICA with theremin by Charlie Draper and new arrangements by Alex Palmer.

DATE: Sunday 13 October 2019

TIME: doors and bar from 6PM, music from 7PM sharp

LOCATION: Brunel Museum, Southwark, London SE16 4LF

TICKETS: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/south-london/brunel-museum/retrophonica-dbut-concert

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Great Central Railway
Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

Great Central Railway

  • Great Central Railway (Quorn and Woodhouse Station) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Great Central Railway would like to transport you back to the Victorian days mixed with industrial, everything clockwork and those pulled by steam for our inaugural steampunk festival for one day only.

Offering the finest assortment of entertainment to amaze and even educate us all. Folk Music and amazing feats of physical skill await you. There will be a market too so you can take a little piece of steampunk home with you.

For your aural and optical pleasure we invite you to dress up or dress down but come to any of 4 stations and get involved - This is the best backdrop for Steam Punk inspiration.

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Bluedot Festival : Music out of the Moon
Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Bluedot Festival : Music out of the Moon

RADIO SCIENCE ORCHESTRA: MUSIC OUT OF THE MOON

Where – Orbit | Saturday

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing and the centenary of the invention of the theremin, the Radio Science Orchestra presents "Music out of the Moon": an audio-visual spectacular charting the remarkable story of humanity’s journey to the Moon. Together with new music for the twenty-first century, the ensemble will resurrect and repurpose rare works for theremin and orchestra from Capitol Records' eponymous 1947 album, famously broadcast from translunar space by Neil Armstrong in 1969.

The show includes narrative from acclaimed popular science author Ken Hollings ("Welcome to Mars", "Space Oracle"), music from the Moog synthesiser, space-controllers, modular electronics, harp, woodwinds, theremin and ondes Martenot - performed by Bruce Woolley, Andy Visser, Charlie Draper and guests, with synchronised HD video projections. In the company of the RSO, expect a performance of Hi-fi Sci-fi and glamourous space-age exotica, revealing astonishing connections between Apollo’s conquest of space and the dawn of electronic music.

“Over the Moon to reveal The Radio Science Orchestra will join Kraftwerk and New Order at Bluedot Festival this July, presenting "Music out the Moon": celebrating Apollo 11's historic landing with rare works for theremin and orchestra broadcast from space by Neil Armstrong in 1969.” 🌚🚀🎶

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The Winchester Room : Music out of the Moon
Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Winchester Room : Music out of the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing and the centenary of the invention of the theremin, the Radio Science Orchestra presents "Music out of the Moon": an audio-visual spectacular charting the remarkable story of humanity’s journey to the Moon. Together with new music for the twenty-first century, the ensemble will resurrect and repurpose rare works for theremin and orchestra from Capitol Records' eponymous 1947 album, famously broadcast from translunar space by Neil Armstrong in 1969.

The show includes narrative from acclaimed popular science author Ken Hollings ("Welcome to Mars", "Space Oracle"), music from the Moog synthesiser, space-controllers, modular electronics, harp, woodwinds, theremin and ondes Martenot - performed by Bruce Woolley, Andy Visser, Charlie Draper and guests, with synchronised HD video projections. In the company of the RSO, expect a performance of Hi-fi Sci-fi and glamourous space-age exotica, revealing astonishing connections between Apollo’s conquest of space and the dawn of electronic music.

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Theremin & Ondes Workshop with Lydia Kavina
May
11
to May 12

Theremin & Ondes Workshop with Lydia Kavina

We are happy to announce Theremin and Ondes Martenot workshop in Oxford on the weekend 11-12 May 2019.The workshop is organised by Bate Collection, the Museum of Music Instruments at the Music Faculty of Oxford University. It is led by Lydia Kavina and Charlie Draper.

The weekend program consists of beginners and advanced workshops of theremin, presentation for general audience, an ensemble session and improvisations. Charlie Draper will present an introduction to the Ondes Martenot. There will be also a recital of both instruments with piano accompaniment at Denis Arnold Hall on 11 May. Lydia and Charlie would also be available for individual theremin lessons.

For more information and registration, contact info@lydiakavina.com

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Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra

Sheer Music & SoP Live proudly present:

BUSWELL & NYBERG'S SPECTACULAR POP-UP FOLK ORCHESTRA + special guests CANUTES PLASTIC ARMY & TAMSIN QUIN

Tickets here.

Shaun Buswell & Erik Nyberg return to Swindon to create another one-off concert with a pop-up orchestra made from locally-sourced, free-range musicians.

Playing a mix of new music, unique versions of some popular songs, renditions of classic movie/TV theme tunes, as well as performances from some special guests, including Canute’s Plastic Army & Tamsin Quinn, it’ll be a night to remember.

"Beautiful music" – BBC News
“The lush orchestral pop-with-a-purpose……sent shivers down my spine” – The Independent
“The result is truly magical. The creation of sound right in front of your eyes is something truly special” – Louder Than War
"Buswell is like an affable tramp who’s just returned from a fantasy land and wants to regale you with his adventures" - Mestival

If you’re interested in being part of the orchestra, e-mail 10dayorchestra@gmail.com for more information.

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Copy of Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Copy of Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra

Shaun Buswell & Erik Nyberg return to London to create another one-off concert with a pop-up orchestra made from locally-sourced, free-range musicians.

Playing a mix of new music, unique versions of some popular songs, renditions of classic movie/TV theme tunes, as well as performances from special guests ZACHERY STEPHENSON & THE MEG CAVANAUGH BAND, it’ll be a night to remember.

Buswell
Last Box of Sparklers
Meg Cavanaugh (The Meg Cavanaugh Band)
Zachery Stephenson

"Beautiful music" – BBC News
“The lush orchestral pop-with-a-purpose……sent shivers down my spine” – The Independent
“The result is truly magical. The creation of sound right in front of your eyes is something truly special” – Louder Than War
"Buswell is like an affable tramp who’s just returned from a fantasy land and wants to regale you with his adventures" - Mestival

If you’re interested in being part of the orchestra, e-mail 10dayorchestra@gmail.com for more information.

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EBE OKE - Species
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

EBE OKE - Species

Join artist Ebe Oke as they perform debut album SPECIES in entirety, with an electroacoustic string ensemble at the Courtyard Theatre in East London.

After completing and then finally rejecting two full albums, Ebe Oke returned to songs they began in childhood. Ebe's unique early life was shaped by time spent alone in nature with a menagerie of exotic birds. These feathered beings acted as both friends, familiars; and a spiritual respite from the intense violence of a life lived as an openly queer and gender-questioning youth in rural Georgia (US).

These sweet and visionary creative impulses have been integrated into SPECIES, an experimental electroacoustic album exploring the calls of birds and insects. These natural sounds are processed and used as instruments alongside non-linear percussion, haunting strings and Ebe's own treated voice. Each song penetrates themes including gender, healing and the non-human.

The album features Brian Eno alongside artists including Takako Minekewa and Jah Wobble. It was researched and developed during residencies at The Watermill Center, Pioneer Works, Museums Quartier (Austria) and then completed in Reykjavik at Greenhouse Studios.

The evening will begin with a contemporary dance piece performed by dancer Justyna Janiszewska, flautist Pasha Mansurov and Charlie Draper on the ondes martenot. The score, choreography & costumes have all been created by Oke for the occasion.

Text by Matthew Stone
Image: teenage self-portrait by Ebe Oke

Special thanks to the Arts Council London, Tilda Swinton, Gabriella Sonabend & Amechi Ihenacho.

This event will feature contributions from the following incredible musicians and performers:

David Barbenel
Charlie Draper
Justyna Janiszewska
Rachel Lanskey
Pasha Mansurov
Alexis Michallek
Nissa Nishikawa
Matthew Stevens

Doors open: 8pm
Opening performance: 8:30pm
Main performance: 9pm

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Stapleford Granary Cambridge
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Stapleford Granary Cambridge

Join Charlie Draper and Paul Jackson for a programme of original and adapted works for theremin, ondes martenot and piano by Messiaen, Rózsa, Milhaud, Rachmaninov, Bach and others. Ticketing details TBC.

Charlie Draper plays the theremin and ondes Martenot, two early electronic instruments distinguished by their haunting tones and unique modes of operation. He has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (playing the music of Danny Elfman), British Library (playing with Bruce Woolley's Radio Science Orchestra), WOMAD Festival, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pub, the Whipple Museum of Science, and his performances have featured on ITV, Channel 4, BBC 1, and BBC Radio 3.

Paul Jackson is director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin. He is active as a conductor and pianist for the University, and directs the Anglia Symphony Orchestra, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia and also Anglia Opera, which mounts bi-annual opera productions at the Mumford Theatre. His interests in early electronic and experimental music are reflected in pioneering performances of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique and Percy Grainger's works for ensemble and Hammond Solovox.

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