DARE to headline at fuseleeds09 music festival

The University’s collaboration with Opera North, known as DARE, has forged a new partnership with the exciting contemporary music festival fuseleeds09.

The Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, with which the University has an association as part of DARE, will be a core venue for the festival in April and Opera North along with staff and students from the University will be taking part in a number of performances, events and workshops which will form part of the festival programme.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the first live performance of Collision, a collaboration between the prominent English composer Michael Berkeley and the visual artist Kevin Laycock, a lecturer in the school of design. This new work explores the two-way relationship between music and visual perception and features visuals by Laycock which form a 'digital wallpaper' based on the formal elements of composition found in the accompanying score. This unticketed event will take place in Leeds City Museum at 2pm on Sunday 26 April.

Kevin Laycock will also take part in Melt, a panel session at the Howard Assembly Room on 29 April, which will discuss the notion of collaboration and how best to manage a creative partnership.

Also on 29 April the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall will play host to Labyrinth, a trio of musicians who specialise in collaborations with young composers across the country.

Some of the UK's leading contemporary artistes will perform compositions by students of the University at the Breaking the Ice workshop on 29 April in the Howard Assembly Room and student performers will have a unique opportunity to perform in a flagship festival event when they take part in Andy Sheppard's Sax Massive on 25 April at Leeds City Museum.

Since forming in 2004 Fuseleeds09 has established itself as one of the most innovative and imaginative contemporary music/cross-over arts festivals in the North of England with a reputation for commissioning new work and encouraging ccollaboration. For more information about the festival and its partnership with DARE visit the fuseleeds09 website.

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