A programme of creative response to the music and life of Hildegard Von Bingen, including new performance commissions for Fem Engine. Fem Engine will also perform their own brand of mystic vocal improvisation.
All works are created by established and emerging University of Sussex composers including Catherine Ireton, James Longcake, Benjamin Michael Turner, Tim Young and Max Worgan and Lecturers in Music and Music Technology, Dr Mimi Haddon and Danny Bright
Fem Engine, is a fresh collaboration between three of the most adventurous vocal musicians in the south east: pioneering live looper Bunty Looping, UK beatbox champion Bellatrix and Hannah Miller of The Moulettes.
As a trio they conjure sonic spells with influences ranging from Pigmie singing and Bulgarian folk music to Hip Hop and Glitch. Triangles are the strongest shape. Any weight placed on them is evenly distributed between all three sides. Fem Engine explore the idea of interconnectedness with complete autonomy in a kaleidoscopic universe of vocal experimentation.
The concert will be preceded by a reflection on women in twentieth-century popular music by Dr Mimi Haddon (University of Sussex): Nico, Hildegard of the Twentieth Century? Music, Poetry, and The Marble Index.
Join us for Viriditas: the music and life of Hildegard von Bingen, a unique series of events exploring the contemporary resonances of the music and life of one of the most remarkable women of the middle ages. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179) was a visionary, mystic, poet, healer, naturalist and theologian. She was also the world’s first named composer – and the most prolific and original musician of her time.
Viriditas (Latin for “green truth” or “greening power”) speaks to the intrinsic and vital relationships that exist between all living beings. The concept is central to the systematic botanical and medicinal texts - for which Hildegard is recognised as the founder of German naturalism - and is a theme key to her life-long ecstatic visions that are strikingly documented in the poetic lyrics and soaring melodies of her music, and in the texts and illuminations of her theological and cosmological treaties.
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Dates & Times
Friday 08 February, 20197:30pm