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PREVIEW: York Mediale 2018


The inaugural York Mediale gets under way in just over a fortnight’s time. And so will begin a brand new international media art festival providing 10 consecutive days of exhibitions, installations, live performance, theatre, dance, music, workshops and so much more besides, featuring the work of more than 100 artists and including what will be over 20 world premiere commissions by a host of internationally renowned media talent.

Created as a biennial event, York Mediale will take place at various locations across the city of York in North Yorkshire, England. Speaking about the spectacular programme of events that has been planned for this year, Creative Director Tom Higham says “it reflects a diverse range of events and experiences to appeal to everyone from dedicated fans of high end media art, to local families with children keen to experience something different and unexpected in the city.”

Running alongside an ambitious series of art installations, creative performances, educational workshops and community events will be an incredibly exciting and far-reaching programme of musical concerts. God Is In TV has selected just a few of the music highlights that will take place during this year’s first ever York Mediale.

The festival gets off to a suitably breathtaking start on the 27th of September when the city’s historic Theatre Royal plays host to the British jazz experimentalists Kamaal Williams and Moses Boyd who will be performing live inside a fully immersive, psychedelic Just Jam audio visual experience.

Two nights later across the city in the medieval converted church of St Margaret’s at the National Centre for Early Music, the violinist and recorder player Laura Cannell and animator and director Laura Spark will create another spectacular fusion of sound and vision with The Untuning of the Sky, Part 1.

We won’t have to wait long for the second part of The Untuning of the Sky, as Laura Spark returns to the National Centre for Early Music the following evening, this time accompanied by Liverpool based composer and performer Jonathan Hering. Laura Cannell will also be back there, providing support as a duo with fellow experimental violinist André Bosman.

On the 5th of October the American pianist, composer and sound designer Suzanne Ciani opens her UK tour in the ethereal surroundings of St. Michael le Belfrey, Minster Yard, York where she will perform the live Buchla modular synthesiser in quadraphonic sound. The synth pioneer will be joined for this show by very special guests Stocker/Eyes, (percussionist Beau Stocker and multi-instrumentalist Ben Eyes) in what promises to be an exceptional evening of electronic music.

Then on the following night at The Crescent, the south London electronic musician Joy Orbison will bring the very first edition of York Mediale to a suitably triumphant close with his euphoric blend of house, two-step, jungle techno and dubstep.

Art, meet the future at York Mediale which runs from the 27th of September to the 6th of October 2018.

Everything you need to know about York Mediale, including details of this year’s full programme of events, can be found HERE

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