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Composer Gary Wilkinson has a knack for giving his work intriguing titles; the Ashington musician’s previous symphony was entitled Alcohol Fuelled Violence, and dealt with Asperger syndrome and violence in socially deprived areas, among other things.

Wilkinson uses cut-ups, loops and layers of public domain classical pieces to create haunting sonic wonders; he’ll be premiering a trio of new audio visual work at Newcastle’s Cumberland Arms on Friday 13th March which uncovers stories from former mining communities, now struggling through the ‘downturn’. Piano sonata Fixed Odds Betting Terminals reflects the isolation of this theme; combining pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Albeniz, and utilising cascading rhythms to sinister effect. Sinfoniettas Cannabis Farms and Wind Farms take on typical classical themes of nature and landmarks, with starkly different approaches. Ravel, Beethoven and Prokofiev explore the dark intent behind cannabis, with the accompanying video filmed on streets where cannabis farms were raided; while Wind Farms’ ominous overtones is portrayed using wind instrumentation from JS Bach, Elgar and Holst.

Choosing to root his work in often troubled themes which resonate in the North East, Wilkinson’s work is ambitious and absorbing. Support sets are provided by ambient indie quartet Worry Party, bleak synth grinders Black Middens and experimental drone artist Wreaths.

Gary Wilkinson performs Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, Cannabis Farms and Wind Farms at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Friday 13th March


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