Ukrainian programme at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

HCMF — UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film. This year’s festival will host an extensive Ukrainian programme.

Returning to a full-fledged 10-day format for the first time since 2019, HCMF 2022 continues to lead the way for contemporary music and new sounds in the UK this November. Featuring World and UK Premieres in abundance and honing in on composers whose works are simultaneously unsettling, imaginative and politically expressive, the HCMF 2022 programme is a timely celebration and exploration of sound. 

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18 - 27 November 2022
Huddersfield UK

Ukrainian programme at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

HCMF — UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film. This year’s festival will host an extensive Ukrainian programme.

Returning to a full-fledged 10-day format for the first time since 2019, HCMF 2022 continues to lead the way for contemporary music and new sounds in the UK this November. Featuring World and UK Premieres in abundance and honing in on composers whose works are simultaneously unsettling, imaginative and politically expressive, the HCMF 2022 programme is a timely celebration and exploration of sound. 

18 November
Friday
19:30
Roman Grygoriv & Illia Razumeiko – Chornobyldorf
UK
Bates Mill Blending Shed
18 November
Friday
22:45
Solomiya Moroz (flute / live electronics) and Volodymyr Voyt (bandura) – Strings Air Synthesis
UK
Bates Mill Photographic Studio
20 November
Sunday
16:00
Anna Korsun – Spleen, Plexus (by Riot Ensemble)
UK
St Paul's Hall
21 November
Monday
12:00
Maxim Shalygin’s works (by Riot Ensemble as part of hcmf// shorts)
UK
24 November
Thursday
Alla Zahaikevych
UK

Opening this year’s festival is hard-hitting multimedia opera Chornobyldorf, сreated by Ukrainian composers Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko and combining folk and classical singing with theatre, dance, video and unique musical instruments, the award-winning show examines the impact of nuclear power on our world. Chornobyldorf boldly traverses the political fallout that follows disaster to reflect on humanity’s role in climate catastrophes and present a piece of fictional future archaeology that parallels reality as we know it.  Watch a video teaser here.

Using extended techniques and the mixing of synthesised and electronically processed sounds, String Air Synthesis will perform composed and improvised pieces in microtonal and even temperament for Kharkiv-style bandura and flute. Volodymyr Voyt and Solomiya Moroz started playing together through a shared interest in contemporary and electronic music, although their instruments and musical backgrounds could not be from more different worlds.

Summarising the spirit of this year’s edition, hcmf// Artistic Director Graham McKenzie states: ‘This year’s programme reflects the world we currently live in; asks questions around identity and the changing relevance of borders; exploring who we are now, as a species on a planet in crisis.’  

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