Bristol electro-acoustic composer John Bence joins forces with Cambridge chamber choir Concanenda to present the premiere of Ansien, a transformative new music experience that finds sound travelling and morphing in innovative ways. Ways of listening and the distinctions between acoustic and digital realms become reframed and reinvigorated across two of Bristol’s finest venues, as day becomes night across the city.
Part one sees the nine-piece Concanenda choir debut a new sacred choral piece written and scored by John Bence as well as a selection of other works at St George’s.
John Bence is an electro-acoustic composer/producer from Bristol, UK. From a family background rich in classical pedigree and firmly embedded in Bristol’s forward-facing electronic music culture, Bence has pooled a breadth of influence scarcely credible for a composer only entering his second decade, and now he is starting to put his inspiration into live and recorded motion.
As a producer he is already thinking ten steps ahead, often incorporating voice or home recorded percussion into his cyclical technique of scoring, recording, manipulating, re-scoring and re-recording in waves, creating heady, intoxicating ripples of harmony and noise.
Concanenda is a Cambridge, UK based chamber choir that aims to promote choral music and innovative cross-genre collaborations through digital media. The choir’s young singers are drawn from some of Cambridge University’s most highly regarded chapel choirs and directed by New Yorker Alexandra Schwinn.
‘Ansien’ is a collaboration between Qu Junktions and Bristol New Music
Qu Junktions is supported by PRS for Music Foundation