Manchester Collective: Different Trains

Manchester Collective: Different Trains plus Special Guest Support Bill Ryder-Jones

7:30am - 10:00pm / Saturday 16th September 2023
Type: Music / Category: Department / Series: The Tung Auditorium
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An exhilarating journey through time and memory.

From the sweet sound of forest birdsong to the grinding gears of industry, the music in this show encapsulates a huge range of human experience. Inspired by Steve Reich’s childhood memories of railway journeys, Different Trains intricately weaves together a live score for strings with field recordings and fragments of spoken word.

Through mesmerising repetition and rhythmic patterns, Reich vividly evokes the contrasting destinies faced by train travellers–from passengers on leisurely trips to those caught in the horrors of the Holocaust. “It’s as much terror as it is music” says Pitchfork.

Popping up everywhere from state funerals to trance raves, Samuel Barber’s iconic Adagio has lost none of its emotive power since its first performance 85 years ago. A musical catalogue of bird calls by Cassandra Miller, and fresh new work from subversive British-Malaysian composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman, catches us up to the 21st century.

This voyage from nature to the man-made, past to present, may be turbulent at times. But it’s definitely worth it.

Jasmin Kent Rodgman’s new work is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund


About Manchester Collective
Known for their experimental programming, daring collaborations and engaging performances, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in spaces ranging from concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals. New music and collaboration are of vital importance to the Collective; they commission and present work by some of today’s most exciting artistic voices, crossing different genres and artforms.

Special Guest Support: Bill Ryder-Jones
Following his sold out ensemble performance at the Tung in 2022, Bill Ryder-Jones returns as Manchester Collective’s special guest to support them, performing his own set of the more esoteric work he’s been developing ahead of his hotly anticipated next record.