Striding confidently into its fifth decade, hcmf// unveils over 50 live events featuring 15 world premieres and 70 UK premieres, including new works by James Dillon, Christopher Fox, Rebecca Saunders and Hilda Paredes and new versions of classic works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Julius Eastman.

Internationally recognised Swiss-American visual artist and composer Christian Marclay marks a bold first for hcmf// as Composer in Residence. Having begun his career as an experimental DJ in 1970s New York, his programme explores the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. His programme includes the world premiere of Investigations, a new work for 20 pianos.

Climate change, fake news and technology are some of the inspirations behind eclectic live works by world-leading contemporary artists and composers, commissioned and curated to perform at hcmf// from across the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy and the USA. The international line-up includes inimitable Ensemble Musikfabrik, Gothenberg-based group Mimitabu, compelling American pianist Sarah Cahill, and Dutch ‘chamber metal’ band TEMKO; as well as the latest new works from Jessie Marino, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Malin Bång.

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