AV FESTIVAL 12: MUSIC & LIVE PERFORMANCE
Thu 1 March 2012 – Wed 28 March 2012

Our music programme ran across four special weekends in Newcastle and Gateshead. Leif Inge’s 24-hour performance 9 Beet Stretch was part of our 24 Hour Launch from Thu 1 – Fri 2 March 2012.

The Opening Weekend from Fri 2 – Sun 4 March 2012 included UK premieres by leading musicians focused on duration and minimalism, plus tributes to John Cage and Hanne Darboven. Including: Phill Niblock, Susan Stenger, Yoshi Wada, Tashi Wada, Rhodri Davies, Robert Poss and Kenneth Goldsmith.



The Equinox Music Weekends included newly commissioned work marking the time shift from spring to summertime. Starting with a remembrance event to Peter Christopherson, including Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Followed by Attila Csihar, The Caretaker, Forest Swords, :zoviet*france: and Steven Stapleton.

Highlights included: newly commissioned work by Yoshi Wada involving the City of Newcastle Pipeband; new work by Phill Niblock for performance by Rhodri Davies; the UK premiere of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem; and site-specific work by Attila Csihar and Steven Stapleton.


Various Artists: Lament for John Cage

Sat 3 March 2012, 8-10.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

Marking the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth and 20th anniversary of his death, this evening focuses on... more


Hanne Darboven: Requiem

Sun 4 March 2012, 8-10pm

St Thomas the Martyr Church

The UK premiere of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem is performed by Thomas Dahl, Director of Music at St. Peter’s Church in Hamburg and selected by the...more


Phill Niblock: The Movement of People Working

Fri 2 March 2012, 7.45-10.15pm

The Sage Gateshead

This leading US minimalist composer and filmmaker, presented his music and films simultaneously in a special concert. The films... more


Kenneth Goldsmith: The 1703 Weather Diary of Thomas Appletree

Sun 4 March 2012, 11am-2pm

Morden Tower

In this new commission, Kenneth Goldsmith read for three hours continuously, from the... more



Yoshi Wada: Sound Ship upon Tyne Live

Sun 4 March 2012, 2-30-3.15pm

Discovery Museum

This new composition for bass drum and highland bagpipes, is performed live within Yoshi Wada’s sound installation at the Discovery... more


Wishful Thinking: In Remembrance of Peter Christopherson

Sat 17 March 2012, 8pm–12am

Tyneside Cinema

Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson was best known as a founder member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil... more


Leif Inge: 9 Beet Stretch

Thu 1 March, 12am – Fri 2 March 2012, 12am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stretched to 24-hours, with no pitch distortion. This marathon... more


Steven Stapleton: Sleep Concert

Fri 23 March 2012, 9pm-9am

Centre for Life

The UK premiere and fourth ever Sleep Concert. Steven Stapleton performed live throughout the night manipulating... more



Attila Csihar: A Scrying: First and Second Action (NCL)

Sat 24 March 2012, 7-9pm and Sun 25 March 2012, 8-10pm

Tyne Bridge North Tower

Attila Csihar, the baritone voice of Sunn 0))) and Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem, created... more


Susan Stenger and Attila Csihar: Full Circle Live

Fri 23 March 2012, 5.30-6pm

Newcastle Civic Centre

This live performance for voice makes use of the unique acoustics of the Civic Centre entrance dome. It represents the Equinox... more


Talk: Phill Niblock, Susan Stenger, Yoshi Wada

Sat 3 March 2012, 11am-12pm

Tyneside Cinema

A rare chance to hear these musicians talk about their work and shared histories, referencing the New York minimalist... more


Musick to Play in the Dark: A Talk by Rob Young

Sat 17 March 2012, 5–6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Rob Young is the author of Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, and Editor-at-Large at The Wire magazine. In a talk... more



Various Artists: The Time is Out of Joint

Sat 24 March 2012, 9pm-2.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Three live performances embrace the concept of Hauntology at the moment we skip an hour to mark the beginning of British... more


Jem Finer: Slowplayer Live Mix

Sat 3 March 2012, 12-6pm

The NewBridge Project

Bring along your own vinyl records and hear them played live by the artist on his specially adapted slow record player, within his Slowplayer exhibition... more


:zoviet*france: The Newcastle Tour

Fri 23 March 2012, 8-9pm

Morden Tower

Formed in 1980 :zoviet*france: is a prolific music group based in Newcastle, who are pioneers of ambient and electronic... more


Ikue Mori & Maja S.K Ratkje

Wed 28 March 2012, 8pm

The Cluny

Sound and Music, [no.signal] and TUSK Music bring together the electrifying improvisors Ikue Mori and Maja S.K. Ratkje for their first eve... more