Clashing the culture cymbals as loud and clear as a klaxon call to make love not war, Surge In Spring II comes galloping in over the hills, all global musical talents blazing, to save us from certain existential ennui. Embodying a spirit of worldwide collective artistic joy, nestled neatly in the aptly all-inclusive bosom of Birmingham, the event brings together a cast of over 50 artists, including renowned hip-hop MC Juice Aleem, celebrated jazz stars Mark Sanders and Rachel Musson, founding member of the Syrian National Orchestra/clarinettist Mohamed Najem and respected Black Country poet Liz Berry. Alongside this spectacularly progressive guestlist are a similarly eclectic array of award-winning composers, emerging talent and a host of acclaimed string, woodwind, percussion musicians, artists and composers celebrating improvisation, collaboration and music from across the globe. Part of the United Nations-endorsed World Creativity and Innovation Week, the myriad of musical offerings will include Arabic clarinet, Zimbabwean percussion, Indian tabla and jazz, electronica, hip-hop, classical, spoken word, reggae, and folk from across the continents. Free events will take place across the mac throughout the day including family-friendly DIY soundscapes, free musical performances and a Room Art takeover open to all. Tickets and more information on individual performances are also available here.
Sat 21 Apr, mac 12pm – 9pm. mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH. Free events + ticketed from £10 www.surgeorchestra.com
Published on: Mon 19 Mar 2018