For another year, the countdown begins. A new edition of the Sónar festival awaits us when the tick tock stops. The Festival Internacional de Música Avanzada y Arte Multimedia has just announced fresh details of the 18th edition, to take place between 16th and 18th June in Barcelona and A Coruña. Yes, Sónar will repeat it’s bicephalous format, locating the second set of events in Galicia. The festival will also continue to travel abroad, to London’s Roundhouse in March 2011 and to Tokyo’s ageHa and Studio Coast in April. We’ll provide you with more details about these international instalments over the next few months.
So far we know the first night of the Sónar 2011 will host a very special guest, the American composer Steve Reich. A key figure of the repetitive minimalism school, he’ll play on 16th bJune at Barcelona’s L’Auditori accompanied by the instrumental the venue’s resident ensemble bcn216 and the British vocal band Synergy Vocals. They will interpret two classic pieces of Reich’s repertoire: “ Sextet” (1984), an experiment around the limitations and the technique of percussion instruments, and “Music for 18 Musicians” (1974-1976), a fundamental piece in the evolution of avant-garde music during the second half of the 20th century.
On the opposite side—both aesthetically and generationally—the festival promises the appearance of Magnetic Man. The first supergroup to come out of the British dubstep scene, Magnetic Man will be one of the main attractions of the Sónar Night program in Barcelona and A Coruña. Their hybrid proposal, blending drum’n’bass, hardcore rave, dubstep and pop, never fails to deliver an extraordinary live performance.
As you can see, Sónar remains a strong example of musical integration, exemplifying a broad-minded approach to music. Reich’s experience and canonical presence, alongside the young, club-garnered credibility of Skream, Benga and Artwork: the Academy of classic-contemporary music hand in hand with the rave scene… Both world coexist at Sónar, an event that’s always given room to emerging projects and promoted contemporary music whilst upholding and honouring the legacy of those who’ve contributed to the landscape as we know it.
So, only two names for now; two names that justify buying a ticket to attend Sónar 2011, the most essential event in the calendar of contemporary music.
Discount price Early Bird full tickets and 2-nights tickets are already available on the usual sites. Tickets for Sónar Galicia will go on sale in the next few days.