Newcastle Fringe Festival: Electro Lieder
Friday March 17, 7pm
Saturday March 18, 7pm
Electro Lieder explores what art song means in the 21st Century, as society is confronting a dystopian present. Leading classically-trained musicians Brieley Cutting (piano) and Judit Molnár (soprano) of Fragments Ensemble team up with experimental composers Mark Oliveiro and Vincent Giles to produce a wildly expressive performance blending the classical with the avant-garde, responding to and interpreting the concept of 'night'. Songs from Schubert, Strauss, and Bartók are re-imagined and re-contextualised through the lens of modern technology, politics, identity, and the end of the world. These art songs are merged, spliced, distorted, and combined with new material from established and emerging composers, like connective tissue, bringing the past to the present and imagining the future.