The First Collision

The First Collision

The Oxford Culture Review

If Dido and Aeneas is not for you then fear not, for Tuesday 27th November also sees the premiere performance of Oxford’s newest contemporary music group, The Collision Ensemble. Formed from experienced performers and composers, the programme for ‘The First Collision’ embraces various different art forms including music and poetry with a variety of inspirational sources. The ensemble describe themselves as “a space for the new and experimental, welcoming thought-provoking soundscapes”, and the pieces selected certainly aim to rise to this challenge; Samuel Carbonero’s work Chimera for piano and backing track is described as “A piano regarding its distorted reflections”. Chimera, as well as links to some of Carbonero’s other work, can be heard here. The relationship between the performer and their instrument is being constantly renegotiated; although all the sounds on the backing track were initially made by a piano, we hear them in a warped…

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