Friday 2 March

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.

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

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