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Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival this November

La Monte Young, George Lewis, John Zorn and a special AMM programme featured at Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival this November

The 38th edition of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival opens on 20 November. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of AMM, it will be hosting a series of special events in celebration of the free improv group. These include a rare performance reuniting the AMM trio of John Tilbury, Keith Rowe and Eddie Prévost; The Wire contributor Philip Clark conducting an onstage conversation with Prévost; David Toop hosting a talk about the collective; and an improvisation workshop fronted by Prévost. In addition HCMF will also be mounting an exhibition of previously unseen photos and original posters from the AMM archive.

In other (non-AMM) festival news, the Swiss composer and sound artist Jürg Frey is this year’s composer in residence. His works will be performed by Quatour Bozzini (22 November), Konus Quartet (24) and by himself on clarinet alongside Ensemble Grizzana (27). The festival will open with Austrian group Klangforum Wien and The Riot Ensemble. Meanwhile, HCMF premieres include works by Pierluigi Billone, Agata Zubel and Peter Jakober, and the UK premieres of the American composer and trombonist George Lewis’s Afterword and Creative Construction SetTM; and La Monte Young’s 60 minute drone piece performed on eight muted trumpets, The Melodic Version (1984) of The Second Dream Of The High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from The Four Dreams Of China (1962). The Arditti Quartet will be performing John Zorn’s The Remedy Of Fortune. And Jakob Ullmann’s La Segunda Canción Del Angel Desaparecido is another highlight. HCMF runs from 20–29 November. Tickets are on sale now at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival website.