Avant-Garde Expression in a Baroque Setting

Powerplant - photo by KathyHindeModern Music Days (MMD) is a brand new international concert series committed to promote 20th century repertoire and contemporary music. MMD aims to motivate existing audiences and draw in new ones through its adventurous programming. Indeed the premier concert of the series on Saturday 11th October will feature an eclectic and multimedia performance by Powerplant from the UK. Powerplant is a percussion and electronic collective led by British percussionist Joby Burgess incorporating sound design and live visuals. The performance introduces the audience to an intriguing blend of rhythms, projections and electronic music transforming the recital to a psychedelic experience.

What makes MMD unique is precisely the contrast of avant-garde expression in a baroque setting. The concert by Powerplant will take place at Teatru Manoel in Valletta, one of the oldest working theatres in the world. Teatru Manoel is also one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Malta, built in 1731 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena.

On Sunday the 12th of October MMD will present a choir and organ recital at the magnificent St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Valletta. This concert will feature Glen Dempsey, Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and local choir Schola Cantorum Jubilate. An important strand within the framework of MMD is to support the collaboration between local musicians and international artists. The programme includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, Philip Glass, David Lang, Olivier Messiaen, Christopher Muscat, John Tavener and Ruben Zahra.

Modern Music Days is organised by Teatru Manoel and the Malta Associations for Contemporary Music with the support of the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Ministry for Finance. Bookings: Tickets: bookings@teatrumanoel.com.mt / 21246389. For more information logon to: www.modernmusicdays.eu

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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