About the festival

BEAST presents a mini-festival of events with virtuoso bass singer Nicholas Isherwood (U.S./France) – well known for his performance as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Licht series, and composer/instrument builder Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore/U.S.) whose work blurs the lines between electroacoustic instruments and art installations.

What's On

Thu 27 February 6.30–9pm



As part of our BOMble BEAST series with Birmingham Open Media, Stromberg will speak informally about his work at the BOM cafe. Stromberg and Isherwood will speak about their work as part of the Department’s Research Series on the afternoon of Friday 28 February. See the BEAST site for full details.


BOM Cafe




Fri 28 February 1–1.50pm

The Electric Voice / Part 1

Barber Lunchtime Concert


Nicholas Isherwood bass-baritone


Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by
the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon.


Aleksandra Bilinska "...qui est..."

Michael Zev Gordon Nigun

Jack Van Zandt The Painted Veil

Gene Coleman THRINOS for bass-baritone, electronics and video

Adam Vidiksis Quanta (2019)


Barber Concert Hall




Fri 28 February 7.30–9.30pm

The Electric Voice / Part 2


Further performances from the Electric Voice, and other vocally inspired electronic music.


The Dome, The Bramall




Sat 29 February 6–7pm

Beneath the Dome


A concert of immersive electronic music and sound featuring works by BEAST composers Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth.


The Dome, The Bramall

£10, £7 advance, £3 students/U18



Sat 29 February 7.30–9.30pm

In-between Language Types


Dirk Stromberg explores shared artistic languages through collaborations with composers Do Kien Cuong and BEAST's Scott Wilson, alongside filmmaker Clare Chong. He and Wilson draw upon soundscapes from Vietnam, feedback, psychedelic video and a set of musical building blocks from Anthony Braxton's work on musical language types in creating spontaneous compositions and improvisations.


The Dome, The Bramall

£10, £7 advance, £3 students/U18


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