Professor Matt Wright of Music and Performing Arts will present the launch of his new album, ‘Speak Cities’.

At 8pm on Thursday 20th April Canterbury Christ Church University and Extra Normal Records present Philadelphia (US) saxophonist Keir Neuringer and Canterbury (UK) composer Matt Wright‘s Speak Cities CD launch at the university’s high-spec St. Gregory’s Centre for Music. They will be joined by the extraordinary pianist Simon Vincent. You can book tickets (£5, or free for staff and students of the School of Music and Performing Arts) here.

The concept behind Speak Cities stems from Wright’s 2011 Trance Map collaboration with saxophonist, Evan Parker. After Neuringer and Wright’s April 2013 recording session at Brooklyn’s Seizure’s Palace, Wright spent two years assembling the six tracks that make up Speak Cities. The album is more than a studio composition comprising samples of Neuringer’s alto and Wright’s turntables. What we hear is something akin to a Neuringer solo – the emotional intensity and performative acrobatics that marked his 2014 solo double LP Ceremonies Out of the Air – and a Wright composition, with its obsessive and unpredictable repetitions and elastic structures.

On the strength of an exquisite Morton Feldman recital at Canterbury’s Free Range in October 2015, pianist Simon Vincent joins the bill on 20th April to perform as part of his Stations of the Cross CD release tour.

Address: St. Gregory’s Centre for Music, CCCU, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU

Date: Thursday 20th April 2017

Time: 8pm till 10pm

Entry: £5 (limited capacity)

Contact: artsandculture@canterbury.ac.uk or Tel: 01227 782994

(Buy a ticket in advance AND attend on the night to receive a free Speak Cities download code with a choice of high-quality file formats.)

Book and buy tickets here

This same concert can be heard at Cafe Oto, London on Saturday 15th April. You can book tickets (£10) here