The Barbican’s Transcender Festival announce 2017 programme

The Barbican’s Transcender series returns this September featuring Japanese composer Midori Takada, the film Different Trains 1947 and more

The Barbican have announced the events for their Transcender series this year.

Japanese composer Midori Takada will be performing her hypnotic soundscapes at the venue on 28 September, and she’ll be supported by ambient pop obsessives Visible Cloaks.

The arts venue have confirmed that they’ll be showing Different Trains 1947 – an audio visual composition that features music, archival footage and interviews with those who’ve lived through the transitional period of Indian independence and freedom. Though the project comprises entirely new work, the composers have used the conceptual and formal framework of  Different Trains (1988) by Steve Reich as inspiration. The feature will be shown at a time when India commemorates 70 years of independence. Beatmaker Actress, composer Jack Barnett and more have soundtracked the film, and the first half of the event will showcase a performance from electronic duo Darkstar.

Furthermore, Kayhan Kalhor & The Rembrandt Trio will be performing on 29 September with The Awj Trio. Susheela Raman and Sam Mills will be unearthing Eastern traditions of Christian music alongside global contemporary artists for the event Sacred Imaginations I on 30 September, and jazz guitarist Al Di Meola has been locked in for a performance on 6 November.

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