Cutting-edge electronic music, video and sound art, and improvisation.

NYUAD’s festival of electronics and improvisation returns with a hugely varied program exploring the interfaces between performers, composers, audiences, and technology. ElectroFest showcases both classics and moderns, with five world premieres and eight UAE premieres.

Two themes encircle this year’s edition: John Cage and Percussion Music. Guest speaker, Professor William Brooks, long-time associate of John Cage, will give a talk on Cage’s technological practice, supported by four performances of Cage’s music.

ElectroFest also offers a plethora of works for percussion, from bass drum to cacti, tom toms to prepared piano, rain sticks to poinciana pods!

Composers include: John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Janet Beat, Carlos Guedes, João Menezes, Kristin Mueller, Jonny Farrow, and Cristobál Mar Yan. ElectroFest spotlights a diverse array of performers: Clare Lesser (soprano and percussion), David Lesser (piano and percussion), Julian Faultless (French horn), Carlos Guedes (live electronics), Cristina Ioan (flutes), Kristin Mueller and Jonny Farrow (percussion, live electronics and video art), João Menezes (live electronics), João Dias (percussion) and students from Fall 2019’s John Cage class (percussion, piano, radios and live electronics).