We’re part of the New Music Biennial 2022

Posted on 28 January 2022

New Music Biennial 2022 will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with previous New Music Biennial works performed at the festival alongside brand-new commissions, including one of WOMAD’s own!

We’re delighted to announce we have commissioned sound artist and musician Yazz Ahmed to create a new work for the World of Art 2022.

“The Moon Has Become” Commissioned by WOMAD written by Yazz Ahmed. A response to the Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram (an installation featuring at this year’s WOMAD festival), Yazz Ahmed’s piece will be presented as a surround-sound sonic artwork and performed live by Yazz Ahmed’s 11-piece ensemble. Inspired by the ethos of WOMAD and celebrating ‘a world that has no boundaries… through music and movement’; Ahmed aims to create abond between the audience members, inviting them into the world of electronic-Middle-Eastern-rave-jazz. Through her music, British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. Her career has included collaborations with Radiohead and Transglobal Underground, and commissions for Adult Swim and New York’s Festival of New Trumpet Music.

The New Music Biennial as a festival is free (ticketed) and will take place across two weekends; the 22 – 24 April in Coventry and 1 – 3 July at the Southbank Centre. The festivals will comprise 20 new pieces of music: ten brand new works selected from an open call and ten pre-existing New Music Biennial works from across the last 10 years to mark its launch back in 2012. With pieces from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk and electronic, each work is no longer than 15 minutes in duration to create a pop-up, interactive way for audiences to discover new music by some of the most exciting composers and music creators in the UK today.

In addition to the performances the New Music Biennial will be broadcast across BBC Radio 3 and pieces will be available through NMC Recordings following the festivals. To ensure the New Music Biennial can be experienced by all, the Southbank Centre will also be hosting a range of free-to-
attend public events which will be announced closer to the summer. Music and the arts have never been more important with so many universal challenges facing
individuals, communities and the world. This year’s New Music Biennial invited composers and commissioning organisations to create a response – exploring the fantastical, imaginative and transformational shift music can affect in confronting these threats and challenges whilst bringing joy and excitement.

To find out more about the New Music Biennial festival, click here!