Pictured above the Cosmo Rodewald with the Mantis system (55 genelec speakers surround)
MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) biannually presents concerts of music and sound, featuring compositions and performances enhanced by the use of new technology and digital media. MANTIS combines a broad array of sonic events, which range from the live diffusion of acousmatic works on a 48-loudspeaker sound system (using the unique MANTIS System), to Live Instrumental and Electronics events involving large ensemble groups on stage (the MANTIS Battle of Gestures and Textures for voice, acoustic instruments and electronics). A call for national and international works, acousmatic, live or audiovisual compositions, regularly receives hundreds of submissions from all over the world.
Concerts normally take place at the Martin Harris Centre at the University of Manchester but we have also taken festival events to a number of venues in Manchester and the Northwest, such as the Victoria Baths, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and Lancaster. We are also proud to contribute to our local musical scene by having regular smaller-scale concerts at The Greenroom, Nexus Arts Cafe and more recently at MadLab, in the Northern Quarter (fully run by our students at the University of Manchester).
A central focus of MANTIS composers' research is experimentation within different acoustic spaces and with new audiences. In 2007 we launched MANTIS-in-Motion, putting MANTIS 'on wheels'. MANTIS concerts have taken place in Chile, Costa Rica, ZKM- Karlsruhe, Mexico DF, Zamora and Morelia (Mexico), Thailand, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Brussels, Berlin, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Valencia (Spain), Maynooth, (Ireland) and Aberdeen.
In the past, MANTIS has run the festival in co-partnership with Sonic Arts Network EXPO, LICA in Lancaster, the North Wales Music Exchange Conference, Digital Media Valencia, IDKA-Sweden, NK-Berlin or Empreintes DIGITALes and performers: Esther Lamneck (clarinet) , Elizabeth McNutt (flute), Neil Heyde, BBC Singers (with LICA), Kairos Electronic Ensemble, Christophe de Bezenac (Saxophone), Christion Sebille (Computer), Adam Melvin (saxophone), David L*wis (Percussion), Tom McKinney (Guitar), Iñigo Ibaibarriaga (Saxophones), Idoia Zabaleta (dance), Luo Chao-yun (Pipa) and Chen Wai-kai (Tai-chi improviser), Trio Atem and most recently Psappha (who played Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen).
Th MANTIS festival hosted distinguished composers such as Francis Dhomont (on his 80th birthday), Annette Vande Gorne, Gerald Bennett, Jonty Harrison, Simon Emmerson, Denis Smalley, Pete Stollery, Pippa Murphy, Ludger Brümmer, Thomas Bjelkeborn, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Rajmil Fischman, Rodrigo Sigal, Barry Truax, Orm Finnendah, Francesco Dillon, Theodore Lotis, Andreas Mniestris, Jonas Valfridsson, Philip Marks, Camilo Salazar, Iain McCurdy, Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, Dominique Bassal, Gilles Gobeil, Luis Antunes Peña, Iain McCurdy, David Butler, Martin Bedard, Federico Schumacher and Jef Chippewa.
MANTIS has focused on themes such as 'South-North', including music from Latin American composers, 'Battle of Gestures and textures', 'Launch of NOVARS' (including the commission of new works) or 2011's 'Manchester's Sonic Meta-ontology'.
Another important aspiration of MANTIS is to promote, disseminate and perform new works from electroacoustic composers based at The University of Manchester.
MANTIS events have been supported by organisations such as Arts Council England - West Midlands, Arts Council England - NorthWest, Cornerhouse, Mondrian Foundation, Dutch Embassy, Norwegian Music Info Centre, SAN, Performance Rights Society Foundation, American Music Centre, Manchester University, School of Arts Histories and Cultures, Sheila Beckles Foundation, Mexican Embassy in London, Eusko Jaurlaritza- Gobierno Vasco, Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores- Mexico, Council for Cultural Affairs (Taiwan), Centro Mexicano para La Musica y Artes Sonoras, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The Goethe Institute Manchester and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
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FESTIVALS and MANTIS events to date:
- [FESTIVAL 20]: MANTIS FESTIVAL MARCH ---- 10 YEARS !!
[FESTIVAL 12]: MANTIS FESTIVAL 09 (Fall): SMALLEY/LOTIS - October 30 - November 1 2009 Manchester UK
[FESTIVAL 11]: MANTIS SPRING 09 and the NWNW Conference-North West—North Wales Music Exchange Conference.
[FESTIVAL 08]: 2-4 Nov 2007. MANTIS 07: NOVARS Launch- Five international concerts to celebrate it.
[FESTIVAL 07]: 9-11 Mar 2007. MANTIS 07: South-North- First international call for pieces.
[FESTIVAL 06]: 24 - 25 Nov 2006. MANTIS 2006: Francis Dhomont at 80. Four concerts celebrating the work of guest composer Francis Dhomont.
[FESTIVAL 05]: 23 - 26 Jun 2006. MANTIS 2006: EXPO - Sonic Arts Network (SAN) Festival. An international festival of electroacoustic music and sonic art that was attended by over 1600 people. University of Manchester, Cornerhouse, Victoria Baths, Roadhouse.
EVENT: 6 Apr 2006. MANTIS (in motion). Live Electronics and DJ'd music. Green Room, Manchester.
EVENT AT LARGE: March 2006. MANTIS 06: Guest Composer: Pete Stollery. University of Aberdeen.
[FESTIVAL 04]: 15 Oct 2005. MANTIS 2005: Guest Composer: Rajmil Fischman. University of Keele.
[FESTIVAL 03]: 10 Mar 2005. MANTIS 2005: presents a concert of mixed electroacoustic works for cello. Neil Heyde, cello. University of Manchester.
EVENT: 25 Feb, 2005. MANTIS 2005 - Instruments and Voices. University of Manchester.
[FESTIVAL 02]: 15 October 2004. MANTIS 2004 - A concert of live, interactive and acousmatic electroacoustic music. Guest composer: Simon Emmerson. De Montfort University
EVENT:March 2004. HPSCHD. Festival of Extravagant Music for Multiple Harpsichords and Electronics. University of Manchester.
EVENT: 14 June 2004. MANTIS 2004 - A concert of works from the studios at the University of Manchester. University of Manchester.
[FESTIVAL 01]: 30 January 2004. MANTIS 2004 - The inaugural concert. Guest composer: Jonty Harrison. University of Birmingham.
KAIROS - experimental platform for Postgradute research
KAIROS is the University’s innovative electro-acoustic ensemble, mixing acoustic instruments with live electronics and live sound processing. The ensemble performs in both its own concerts and as part of MANTIS (Manchester Theatre In Sound), and is open to anyone with an interest in performing instrumentally, vocally, in sound manipulation, sound diffusion, computer performance or wanting to engage with the ensemble as a composer. The ensemble works throughout the year in weekly rehearsals to prepare composed mixed works, improvisations and special performance projects.
In 2006-07 KAIROS performed in two full-length concerts, as part of the Sonic Skylines festival devoted to Manchester composers, and were selected to perform in the high-profile 2006 Sonic Arts Expo. Members have also performed as part of the Sonorities Festival in Belfast (another internationally attended electroacoustic festival) and the Futuresonic series in Manchester. Projects for the 2006/7 year include a concert of mixed works by Natasha Barrett, a multimedia theatre project and a gallery installation, as well as student works and improvisations. Also participated at the Postgraduate I
[FESTIVAL 19]: MANTIS FESTIVAL AUTUMN 2013 - MARIJ VAN GORKOM
[FESTIVAL 18]:MANTIS FESTIVAL MARCH 2013 - MIQUEL BERNAT
[FESTIVAL 17]: MANTIS FESTIVAL FALL 2012 - JOHN YOUNG - BARRY TRUAX
[FESTIVAL 16]: MANTIS FESTIVAL MARCH 2012 - JONTY HARRISON - DIANA SALAZAR
[FESTIVAL 15]: MANTIS FESTIVAL MARCH 5 2011, JUNE 10, 2011- MANCHESTER'S SONIC META-ONTOLOGY
[FESTIVAL 14]: MANTIS FESTIVAL October 29-31 2010, Fall Festival, with Dominique Bassal: Empreintes DIGITALes, Federico Schumacher and Psappha
[FESTIVAL 13]: MANTIS FESTIVAL 20 - 21 February + 27 February 2010
First MANTIS Battle of Gestures and Textures: Voice, acoustic instruments and electronics
[FESTIVAL 10]: 31 Oct- 2 Nov 08: MANTIS 08: 1st Anniversary of NOVARS/ XXth anniversary of MANTIS
[FESTIVAL 09]: 28 Feb-1 Mar 08: MANTIS 08: LICA-MANTIS Festival- A collaboration with Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts
More information, including a detailed programme of events, can be found on the MANTIS website at www.manchester.ac.uk/mantis/. For more information on events at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama visit our website at www.manchester.ac.uk/martinharriscentre or call the boxoffice on 0161 275 8951.