Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Music with some real sparkle

Various venues, Belfast

Tomorrow, until March 31

The increasingly popular festival returns for its fifth year to bring an array of diverse music to Belfast and its style shines through, as always, in the musically inclusive nature of the programme which includes jazz, classical, folk, world and electronic music.

The festival is hosted in a variety of locations including the Black Box, the Crescent Arts Centre and others. A documentary is also on offer at the Queen's Film Theatre.

Tomorrow night at 8pm, a new venue called MediaZoo provides the platform for Brian Irvine's latest creation in the shape of Melonhead, a new ensemble of eight players featuring some of the most dynamic instrumentalists from the world of contemporary, classical and improvised music in a series of newly-created works entitled The Undisclosed Book of Reason.

On Sunday at 3.30pm in the QFT, you can see award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky's biographical account of the life of Haydn.

It's described as "a visual and aural extravaganza, including breathtaking performances by some of the world's most celebrated and contemporary musicians".

At the Black Box on Wednesday, meanwhile, the trio Lau (above) combine "stunning musicianship with a groundbreaking yet playful approach to traditional music that transcends the music they hold dear, creating a cutting edge sound which garners praise from far beyond the roots scene.

And the Crescent Arts Centre is the venue for Thursday's concert when Sid Peacock's 16- piece band Surge, launched at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2010, provides the music.

For more information visit www.movingonmusic.co.uk

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