About this Event
George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ is about as close as you’ll get to an acid trip without breaking the law. Subtitled ‘Thirteen Images from the Dark Land’, it’s a cult work for a reason – once you hear it, you’ll never forget it.
The notoriously difficult piece makes extraordinary demands of any string quartet who dare to attempt it. Musicians are instructed to chant in foreign languages, play their instruments upside down, incessantly tap the strings with thimbles and glass rods, scream, shout, beat, count and pray. It’s a roast.
Themes of death, destiny and obsessive spirituality prevail in Crumb’s avant-garde masterpiece – performed here alongside ‘Death and the Maiden’ by Schubert. Elsewhere, the Collective present a brand-new commission by New York hip-hop artist, activist, poet and composer Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother). The set is completed by Edmund Finnis’ transcendent 2nd string quartet and Gabriella Smith’s fast and furious ‘Carrot Revolution’.
This is not music for the faint of heart. Come, journey into the black of the night.
Presented in partnership with St George's Bristol
7.00pm Doors open
7.30pm Support act TBC
8.30pm Manchester Collective
10.15pm Show ends
Some of our shows are part-seated, part-standing. We'll always try and accommodate your preferences on the day, but if you'd like to reserve a seat in advance, please contact us.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. For more information about access, visit www.strangebrewbristol.com
We strongly encourage travelling by foot, bike or public transport where possible. Cycle parking is available at the end of Fairfax Street.
Bring a Friend for Free
Got a friend or family member you'd love to experience Manchester Collective for the first time?
We now have a limited number of free tickets available for first-time attendees at select shows. Enter promo code FRIEND100 on checkout to reveal a hidden ticket. You must purchase your own, and we may contact you after the event to ask about their experience.
So go on, who will you invite?
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Strange Brew, 10-12 Fairfax Street, Bristol, United Kingdom
GBP 12.00 to GBP 15.00