The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk
The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk

Contemporary Music

From jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical, electronica, rock, pop and beyond, head backstage for photography, features, interviews, podcasts and video from our across our Contemporary Music programme.

Meet The Messengers

Before their Walthamstow Garden Party gig, meet the band helping musicians recover from issues related to homelessness
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Guest Picks: Lowly

Ahead of supporting Mercury Rev at our Bella Union 20 celebration, Lowly share what's currently on their playlist
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The Sounds of Science Fiction

How are musicians inspired by science fiction? We explore how music has been used to transport us to another dimension
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Barbican Meets: Whyte Horses’ Dom Thomas

'I want the show to feel like somewhere to hide away from the world for the evening'
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Barbican Meets: DJ Jeff Mills

'Humans, we communicate. We learn by listening and understanding...' - Jeff Mills introduces his upcoming residency
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Guest Picks: Whyte Horses

Whyte Horses pick some of their favourite tracks by the special guests who'll be helping bring 'Pop or Not' to life.
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Thurston Moore on The Can Project

'The music was unlike anything I had aurally imagined…' Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore looks back at his discovery of Can
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Creative Careers + Just Jam

Learning the ropes of music event production, see what happened when Creative Careers met Just Jam
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Jeff Mills: From Here to There

DJ Jeff Mills is back on the playlist as he returns with another science fiction inspired residency this summer
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Songwriting in the North

From Ceilidh to songs of the mining communities of the north, we explore the songwriting traditions still heard today
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Programmer’s Pick: Bryn-ter is coming

Glitchy experimental music and Frank Ocean's latest tunes -our programmer shares his playlist
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Bellatrix’s Barbican Music Box

What does it mean to have a voice? We meet Barbican Music Box curator and beatbox champion Bellatrix to find out
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Wordless! with Art Spiegelman

How do you tell a story without words? We asked artists to share their vision of 'jazz' in a wordless comic
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Barbican Meets: Elza Soares

'I make the kind of samba I want to. You can make anything you want from samba'
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Oneohtrix Point Never: ‘Sticky Drama (Four Tet Extended Version’

Enter an after-hours, hidden Barbican in Boiler Room's film accompaniment to Oneohtrix Point Never's 'Sticky Drama'
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Barbican Meets: Martin Green

Martin Green explains how he's combining music and animation to reveal the human side to stories of migration in 'Flit'
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On Robert Ashley

Too unusual for serious composers, too academic for the mainstream - we explore the work of composer Robert Ashley
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In His Words: Tal Rosner on Tehillim

'Tehillim has always been my most cherished piece by Reich - creating a video response to it feels like a great honour'
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Ten Years of Bedroom Community: Nico Muhly’s Mix

Bedroom Community co-founder Nico Muhly shares a special mix to celebrate the Icelandic record label's 10th birthday
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A Silent Classic: Robin Hood

'He wanted the look of the film to be accurate – not easy when you are dealing with centuries-old folklore...'
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In Photos: Possibly Colliding

Live music, art installations, films and some special guests - see what happens when you let NIls Frahm curate a weekend
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Nils Frahm on Possibly Colliding

What happens in the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide?
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Remembering Miles Davis

On what would have been his 90th birthday, we ask what is your favourite Miles Davis track and why?
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Meet the Black Arm Band Storytellers

'I walk with my head up. I know where I’m from' - we talk to the indigenous Australian performers behind 'dirtsong'
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In Their Words: Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Field Recordings

'We asked the composers to go into the field of recorded sound itself, to find something old or record something new...'
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Journeys with the Black Arm Band

We embark on a journey to Australia's cultural heartland to relive the stories and rituals for the next generation
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Barbican Music Box: Inspired by G

Wooden blocks, microphones, a metal baking tray… could you create music from this?
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Introducing: Mohammed Assaf

Arwa Haider, music editor for Metro, reveals the rags-to-riches story behind Palestine’s biggest pop star
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In the Studio: Creating Junun

In a 15th Century fort in Rajasthan, a group of musicians created their studio. Head behind the scenes of 'Junun'...
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Boiler Room: Kamasi Washington at EFG London Jazz Festival

Kamasi Washington and the Next Step gave a whirlwind of a performance at this year's festival.
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On Screen with Tindersticks

What inspires a soundtrack? We talk to David Boulter about his top TV and film music moments...
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Drawing Life in Terezin

'The production is trying to capture the essence of joy': director Emma Bernard introduces an unlikely creative hub...
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Rescoring ‘La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc’

'The tiniest flicker of Falconetti’s eyelid has the impact of a gunshot' - a silent classic receives a new sound
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Programmers’ Pick: Chris(tmas) Sharp

Sweaty ceilings, cosmic soundclashes and meditative experiences - our programmer shares his playlist for 2015
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Boiler Room: Sly and Robbie

Uniting the worlds of reggae and rub, Sly & Robbie joined forces for a very special show in a striking new setting
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Boiler Room: A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Watch AWVFTS's bend the rules of contemporary classical in this powerful performance at Milton Court Concert Hall
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Playing the Music Box

Our Barbican Music Box has arrived – now it’s over to our students to bring the noise.
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Barbican Radio Guest Mix #8: Gazelle Twin

Doom and anxiety, the uncanny, ecstasy - Gazelle Twin shares the soundtrack to the creation of 'UNFLESH'.
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Barbican Young Poets: On Langston Hughes

The Barbican Young Poets take inspiration from Hughes' creative masterpiece in their responses to 'Ask Your Mama'.
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A Soundtrack to ‘Lee, Myself and I’

Manager, friend and curator of our Lee Hazlewood celebration shares a special playlist of favourites and memories...
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DJ Jeff Mills: Exclusive Mix – Astronomia

Ahead of his sold-out show, listen to an exclusive mix of Mills' favourite composers including Strauss, Glass & Riley
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The Songbook of Ewan MacColl

Neill and Calum MacColl share anecdotes from their life with him alongside favourites from their father's songbook.
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The Fans of Lee Hazlewood

We ask some of the fans of Lee Hazlewood to share their favourite songs from his impressive back catalogue...
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Brian Eno on Discreet Music

Musical pioneer Brian Eno tells us how he feels about the humanisation of his early electronic music.
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Barbican Radio GuestMix #2: Vaghe Stelle

We've gone electric. Mutant electronica, underground electro, dub exploration - Vaghe Stelle shares his playlist...
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Bryce Dessner: Twitter Q&A

Sometimes 140 characters just aren't enough... Read Bryce Dessner's full 'Mountains & Waves' Twitter interview
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Barbican Radio GuestMix #1: Nico Muhly

Ever wondered what your favourite artists listen to? In the first of our series, Nico Muhly shares his playlist...
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In Rehearsal with Mexrrissey

South of the border, a group of Morrissey superfans are preparing to pay the ultimate homage - by way of Mexico...
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Inside the Barbican Music Box

Channelling the inquisitive nature of folklorist Alan Lomax, students in East London opened the Box and began to compose
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Meet the Barbican: Huw Humphreys

‘Every time I take the lift ride, it feels like a journey from where performances are planned to where music is made…’
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The Drone Orchestra

A lost drone drifts through the Barbican Estate as it makes its way to the Theatre to join The Drone Orchestra
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A Time and Place: Musical Meditations

Folk artist Sam Lee reflects on his experiences remembering the stories & voices of the First World War through music
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In the City of Drones

Discover scenes from a lost drone’s journey through a digital landscape in John Cale and Liam Young's commission.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center & Young Jazz East

We follow our young jazz musicians as they experience the inspiring power of jazz in residence with the JLCO musicians.
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Blow the Bloody Doors off!

Ben Eshmade looks back at the iconic film soundtracks of the Ambassador of Cool - Michael Caine.
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Open East Festival 2013

How do you celebrate the anniversary of the greatest show on earth? This is how the Barbican and Create London do it...
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From Book to Stage: Beck – Song Reader Live

We look back at an unforgettable evening in the company of Beck and friends at Song Reader Live
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Behind the Scenes: Beck – Song Reader Live

Beck's innovative album is brought to life, live on our stage, for the first time by a stellar cast of musical icons
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Meet the Barbican: Chris Sharp

'The Barbican in five words? Slightly Insane Ideas Made Reality' - we meet Contemporary Music Programmer, Chris Sharp
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A Scream and an Outrage

Not one to be constrained by genres, we explore the upcoming Nico Muhly's A Scream and an Outrage season on the podcast
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An Interactive Journey into Consciousness

Join Marcus du Sautoy and James Holden for a unique performance lecture into a journey into our consciousness
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The first bar of an outrage

Composer Nico Muhly teases with a sneak peak of the first bar to his composition for 'A Scream and an Outrage' series.
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