Alba New Music Festival 2017

Friday 6th October

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX


Time and Motion Study II at 40

Roundtable discussion with Neil Heyde, Paul Archbold, and Lois Fitch


Electric Chair Music

Screening of the 2007 documentary directed and filmed by Colin Still


Challenging Times/Challenging Music I

Roundtable discussion with composers, performers, and bloggers.


Neil Heyde (cello), Paul Archbold (electronics)

Jonathan Harvey, Advaya; Richard Beaudoin, Digital Memory and the Archive; Morton Feldman, Projections I; Brian Ferneyhough, Time and Motion Study II.

Saturday 7th October

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX


Challenging Times/Challenging Music II

More discussions and debate, featuring Tim Rutherford Johnson (author of Music After the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989).


Simon Cummings introduces the music of John Wall

Simon Cummings ( is a long time champion of John Wall’s music. Here he explains why.


John Wall Live

John Wall, CPhon; Construction (excerpts); live improvisation

St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE


Remembering Mnemosyne

John Hails and Lois Fitch (author of Critical Guides to Contemporary Composers: Brian Ferneyhough) discuss the strange time-distorting world of Brian Ferneyhough’s work.


Richard Craig (flute)

Brian Ferneyhough, Mnemosyne; Richard Barrett, VALE; Kristian Ireland, luminous.

Other 2017 Alba New Music events

Alba@SYN2017 13th March 2017

iannis-xenakisThe listener is surrounded by a sea of noise unleashed by the composer summoning the perceptions of life beyond death through the mouths of the ancient dead.
Plato tells the story of Eer, brought back from death with stories of the life beyond. Xenakis creates this in sound.
For many years an exile from Greece, Xenakis was a refugee of his time, finding a home in Paris but continually conjuring with images of his homeland’s past.
Despite its modernity and architectural grandeur, La Légende d’Eer is no exception to this.
Join us in the sea of the future, seen from the past.

Alba New Music in association with Edinburgh Napier University are pleased to be at the Syn Festival 2017. This is the second year we have presented a programme in the festival celebrating the work of the Greek composer, Iannis Xenakis.