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Automatronic at JAM-on-the-Marsh – 19/7/15

Automatronic are delighted to be part of this year’s JAM-on-the-Marsh festival on Romney Marsh, Kent. The John Armitage Memorial Trust is a tremendous charity devoted to the furtherance of new music, and we’re thrilled they have accepted our programme. More details on our events page, here is a photograph of the wonderful 12th Century church of St Mary on the Marsh where we shall be performing.St Mary in the Marsh 1

New album on the way

As a follow-up to their tour to Scotland, Huw and Michael have recorded an album of their music, due for release on 26 September at their concert in the autumn festival. The album was recorded at St Laurence, Catford, and includes several new works.Automatronic recording 2

Electronic Mass

DSC_1356 - Version 3On April 1 this year, Michael and Huw contributed music for organ+electronics to a special mass for penitential time with experimental liturgy at St Laurence Catford. While we work primarily with the organ as a secular, abstract instrument, it is hard to ignore its sacred roots and this was a very rewarding event, one which we plan to reprise on 22 November this year. A recording of Huw’s “Sanctus” can be heard via this LINK, and Michael’s “Exit” via this LINK.

Automatronic in Scotland

In June, Michael and Huw gave two concerts in Scotland: the first, at St Peter’s Lutton Place, Edinburgh (3 June) was a full length programme including the first performance of Huw’s “Quarry” and Michael’s performance of Robert van Heumen’s wonderful “First Law of Kipple”. The next day, they presented a shorter programme at the striking and excellent Chaplaincy building at the University of Dundee – this included another performance of “Kipple”, and the first performance of Michael’s “Proxima Centauri”. A very enjoyable trip and one that Automatronic hope to repeat next year! A performance from Dundee can be heard via this LINKDSC_2532

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“Diapason” – New CD!

Lauren and Alistair Zaldua have produced a CD of the repertoire from their Sound and Music tour of 2014. Includes works by Tina Krekels, Jesse Ronneau, Adam Fergler, Caroline Lucas, and by all members of the Automatronic collective.DSC00580 You can follow this LINK to buy the CD.

Spring festival report

We were delighted with the response to our four Spring Festival concerts – performances in Canterbury, Cambridge and London were well attended and included several new works, both by Automatronic composers and guests such as Rob Canning, Rebecca Armstrong, and Ryoko Akama. We were also delighted to welcome Neil Thornock, Professor of Composition at Brigham Young University in the US as a guest performer – follow this LINK to a live recording of Neil playing one of his works at St Laurence, Catford

New dates for 2015!

We’re very excited to announce a number of concerts in 2015, starting with our spring series in Catford (28/2), Cambridge (2/3) and Canterbury (7/3)! We have another date at Catford in April (11th) when Lauren hopes to launch her new CD. Automatronic go on tour to Scotland in the early summer with concerts in Edinburgh (3/6) and Dundee (4/6) and our Autumn Festival in London will be on 19/9, 10/10 and 31/10. Please watch this space and visit the diary page for more details!

Canterbury concert

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We had a great audience at Lauren & Huw’s performance in the Anselm Chapel of Canterbury Christ Church University on 20 October, well supported by town and gown, and the Canterbury festival! New works performed included a new version of Lauren’s “Entoptic Landscape”, “Leaves” by Huw, and “Espelho” by Barni Sparkes. Two concerts left this autumn – Lauren in Leeds on 1 Nov and Michael in Catford on 2 Nov. New dates for the spring to follow shortly!

Autumn festival continues!

A great concert last night by Lauren, accompanied by Charles Celestine Hutchins and Alistair Zaldua – a groundbreaking fusion of vocals, jazz, live and fixed electronics and contemporary organ music. Next up, Huw and Lauren perform at the Canterbury Festival at 1pm on 20 October, and Michael performs at Catford on 2 November at 4.30pm.DSC00881

Autumn festival under way!

Our Autumn festival is in full swing! On 20 September, Huw gave the first concert, including works by Alistair Zaldua, Soosan Lolavar, Automatronicer Michael Bonaventure, and his own works “Time’s Arrow” and “Dering’s Silence”. Do join us on 12 October for Lauren’s concert, including three first performances, live voice and electronics and many other wondrous sounds! Lauren and Huw will also be performing at the Canterbury Festival on 20 October, and Michael gives the final concert of the Autumn series on 2 November. Do join us if you can! Details on the Diary page.DSC00852