Sound Edge Festival

The music scene like you've never seen. Break your sound barriers.


Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

The Four Seasons Recomposed

  • Alys Stephens Center

The Four Seasons Recomposed is Max Richter’s modern update on the Vivaldi original that has electrified audiences around the world. You’ll hear why this mesmerizing "recomposed" work has earned a cult following. To Music by John Corigliano, a legend from the New York City scene, is both an introspective ode and a joyous fanfare. Mexican composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s Afterlight captures the aftermath of a historic tragic event with percussive rage, timbral poetry, and an expressive orchestral power.

After party at WorkPlay

$19 tickets available at the door.
$10 student tickets available with valid Student ID.

Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

Waves of Woodlawn

  • 55th Place North & 1st Ave

Spend the evening wandering the streets and experiencing the sounds, sensory light illusions and intimate concerts throughout the shops, cafés and recording studios of Woodlawn. Between the streets of 55th Place North and 1st Avenue, Communicating Vessels, one of Birmingham’s premier independent record labels, Club Duquette, Woodlawn Cycle Café, Open Shop, and Step Pepper Records open their doors for you to enjoy a music street party that you will never forget.

Featuring a performance by Men’s Renewal and music curated by Step Pepper Records.

At Communicating Vessels:

  • 7-8pm - Video installation which featuring music and digital art coming alive on the walls of CommVess. This will include several stunning music videos from CommVess artists as well as short artistic pieces contributed by the label family.
  • 8-9pm HypeOtenuse feat. The Green Seed - come experience the experimental side of Hip Hop with members of CommVess musicians in The Green Seed.
  • 9-10pm Men's Renewal

Audiostate55
Audiostate55 will be giving tours of their state-of-the-art recording studios that night.

At Step Pepper Records:
DIY label Step Pepper opens its doors for an evening of experimental underground music. Experience the intersection of music and technology, sight and sound, with live music and digital art installations, featuring musical performances by

  • Television Romeo
  • Balcony View
  • Tyler Ambrosius
  • Spores
  • In Snow
  • Farris & Fahy
Feb
16
7:30 pm19:30

ASO Presents EchoTempo

  • Alys Stephens Center

ASO Presents EchoTempo is about the vitality of “original” instruments – the voice, the drum, a mother’s song and warm embrace. Susan Botti’s EchoTempo is a modern take on Native American poems, a mystical dialogue between soprano and percussion, all within the textures of a contemporary orchestra. Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms is a radiant and luscious meditation on love and loss.

After party at Avondale Brewery with DJ Rahdu from Lobotomix

Purchase Tickets($16)

Feb
15
8:00 pm20:00

Future Elevators @ Syndicate Lounge

  • Syndicate Lounge

Future Elevators is a melody driven project based on positivity and a conversation of energy. Fresh and Classic at the same time, this music is infectious and will stick to your brain. The workhorse of this baby, Michael Shackelford, is dedicated to finding golden tones providing a pleasurable listen for the audience by way of crafting brilliant songs comprised of a combination of straightforward lyrics as well as deeply cryptic clues that take one down the rabbit hole filling your mind pallet with ear candy along the way. Join us and let the music take you for a ride! Also featuring AROVA Contemporary Ballet and Opera Birmingham.

After party at The Syndicate Lounge with DJ Geno Pearson, Program Director of Birmingham Mountain Radio

Feb
14
7:30 pm19:30

Contemporary Visions: Inspired by Shakespeare

  • WorkPlay Theatre

Contemporary Visions: Inspired by Shakespeare is a bold twist on the Bard and themes of love – both beautiful and deadly. Susan Botti’s theatrical Telaio: Desdemona is a haunting look into the tragic bride from Othello. Leonard Bernstein’s finger-snapping music from West Side Story is a modern update of Romeo & Juliet.

After party at WorkPlay

Purchase Tickets ($16)

Feb
13
6:00 pm18:00

Life out of Balance: Koyaanisqatsi

  • Birmingham Museum of Art

February 13 will explore the diverse relationship between contemporary music, art and film.  “Life out of Balance” at the Birmingham Museum of Art will open with BMA’s new contemporary art exhibition, “Third Space.”  The night will end with the showing of an extraordinary film Koyaanisqatsi, composed by Philip Glass.

5-6:30pm - Third Space exhibition extended hours
6:30pm - Discussion with Carlos Izcaray in the Auditorium
7pm - Koyaanisqatsi screeningin the Auditorium

This movie was designed to have no plot. Meaning is to be created by the viewer, and only the viewer can give value to the images and music. That said, there is a central idea behind the movie, and according to the director it is this: The greatest event in the history of mankind has occurred recently, and has been largely missed by both the media and academia. Beyond the headlines and every day crises of international events, a deeper shift in human affairs has occurred: Humanity no longer exists in the natural world, we are no longer connected to it. It is not that we are now users of technology, but rather that we exist within technology, we are part of it and it is part of us. The natural world now exists only to support the artificial one in which we live.

The night is promised to stretch your imagination and ask you to venture into a thought provoking experience like never before.

The Third Space exhibition explores a shared cultural experience between the American South and the Global South. Drawn almost entirely from the BMA’s permanent collection, the two-year exhibition features over 100 works of art in a variety of art forms, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos, by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Ebony Patterson, Thornton Dial, and William Christenberry and a commissioned work of art by Rural Studio, an off-campus, design-build program of Auburn University.

Feb
12
7:00 pm19:00

Artikulation: Graphic Scores of the Avant-Garde

  • Saturn

This evening features music performed via graphic scores — an approach to creating music that eschews traditional notation in favor of original abstractions. Though some elements of each piece will be predetermined (tempo, key, etc.), the musicians’ interpretation of the score drives each performance. To celebrate these unusual compositions, the scores will be projected during each performance so the audience may attempt to follow along… Or, fail that, appreciate the striking visual counterpart. The evening will focus heavily on selections from "Treatise" by British composer Cornelius Cardew -- performed by a large ensemble of Birmingham musicians, including members of Wray, In Snow, Iron Giant Percussion, Teen Getaway, Null, Them Natives and legendary outré guitarist, Davey Williams. The program also includes music by György Ligeti (Artikulation), John Cage, Brian Eno, and an original score by Null's Brad Davis.

After party at Saturn with DJ Lee Shook, host of The Audiovore on Birmingham Mountain Radio

Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

Excursions in Recorded Sound

  • Seasick Records

The manipulation of pre-recorded sounds as a performance tool will be at the heart of this Seasick Records-curtated evening. The program will feature The Flaming Lips’ surround sound freak-out, Zaireeka, an interactive sound installation by Daniel Farris, and performances by Shea Stevenson, Iron Giant Percussion, Holly Waxwing, Jacquie Cotillard, Byron The Aquarius, DJ sets by Blood on the Knobs, and more!
 
Speaking of The Flaming Lips: Seasick will have copies of their brand new album Oczy Mlody in addition to a stash of Lips-related prizes, including a test pressing of the new album.

After party at Seasick Records

Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

ASO Amplified: NYCO @ Iron City

  • Iron City

ASO Amplified:  NYCO @ Iron City is the latest cross-pollination between a hard-driving indie rock band and the Alabama Symphony. The show opens with the primal howl of Beethoven's Great Fugue, the most futuristic masterpiece by music's first and foremost revolutionary genius. What is the meaning of life? That profound, elusive query is the subject of Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question. In a “cosmic landscape” of sound, a haunting solo trumpet poses the question, and looks for answers.

Join us as the ASO performs live in the round as NYCO takes the stage for a night of intense collaborations and our first concert of the Sound Edge Festival at Iron City, a world class concert venue and one of Birmingham’s hottest new night spots!

After party at Iron City

Purchase Tickets ($16)