The Necks & James McVinnie

The secret life of Organs

Music by Tom Jenkinson, Philip Glass and The Necks performed on Colston Hall’s magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ

Every one of The Necks improvised sets is “a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown” (The Guardian) making every performance a unique and spellbinding experience. Part of their 30th anniversary season, this concert brings pianist Chris Abrahams out from behind the piano as the trio explore the powerful, intricate and varied sonorities of Colston Hall’s splendid organ.

James McVinnie (Bedroom Community) is fast becoming the country’s leading performer of new organ music. He will play a specially commissioned score by electronic artist Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Warp Records) which combines expansive classical influences with the chaotic intricacy for which Jenkinson is so well known. The programme will also include two of Philip Glass’s most emblematic organ pieces which are rarely heard live on instruments of this scale.

… extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble…the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous.

Financial Times

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