Nov 3 2017
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Feb 2 2018

A deserted Hebridean landscape, memories of a fatal crash, a book written by a dying man – explore a haunting, deserted, island shrouded in mystery in a live performance of the videogame Dear Esther.

Starting on a small beach, only brooding cliffs and a small lighthouse in sight, BAFTA-nominated narrator Oliver Dimsdale takes you through the game, journeying from a desolate Scottish island, to a car crash on the M5, to a crisis of faith of a guilty heart, to the lost shores of a dreamed shoreline… into a final ascent through the waters of madness to the release of flight.
With the play-through of the game on-screen accompanied by live narration and performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score, the story of the acclaimed videogame is brought to life in as a performative work and as never seen before.

Originally released in 2012, the game Dear Esther, created by developers The Chinese Room, quickly gained critical acclaim for abandoning traditional gameplay in favour of atmosphere, rich storytelling and extraordinary art, proving videogames are capable of the same musical, narrative and artistic expression as film, visual art, literature and classical music.

Dear Esther – Official Game Trailer
Dear Esther Soundtrack – I Have Begun My Ascent

Apr 1 2016
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May 31 2016

This MBM tour created a one-off opportunity for fans of TINDERSTICKS, established masters of restraint and poetic human emotion, two decades into their career. Creating a unique experience between the band performing their latest album The Waiting Room live in a concert setting accompanied by an ambitious collaborative film project projected on a cinematic scale.

Each track was performed with a short film, a visual interpretation by it’s own director, featuring Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna.

 

Oct 1 2015
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Oct 31 2015

Before Star Wars George Lucas’s first feature length 1971 debut was THX 1138, a stylistic Sci-FI movie starring Robert Duval and Donald Pleasence. This MBM tour saw ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION (ADF) perform their exhilarating and fast moving live score along to this paranoid, cult and heavily sampled film.

ADF are celebrated for their brilliant live shows and for performing live soundtracks to films including La Haine and Battle of Algiers. They wear their political hearts on their sleeves as this timely reinterpretation shows; in today’s surveillance led and electronically driven society many of THX 1138 themes have proved to be very prescient.

“Thank you so much for believing in the project and allowing it to happen as it did. It took great vision on MBM’s part to see its potential which, thanks to you, is still growing. It’s rare these days to see organisations helping something as leftfield as THX to get out there and develop, so a massive thanks back at you and all the people at MBM.”Steve Savale, Asian Dub Foundation

 

Nov 22 2014
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Nov 30 2014

Just over a year since the release of his critically-lauded second album Pale Green Ghosts, and with numerous Best Album of 2013 accolades and a Brit Award nomination to his name, JOHN GRANT embarked on one of his most exciting ventures yet.

John performed this unique seven-date MBM tour with Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Christopher George and orchestrated by Fiona Brice, which saw John’s celebrated catalogue reworked and reimagined within a sumptuous orchestral setting, alongside the world premiere of some especially written new songs commissioned by Music Beyond Mainstream.

 

Sep 24 2014
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Oct 4 2014

Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Inala brought together legendary choral group LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO and award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin and world class dancers including talent from the Royal Ballet.

Performing Inala’s original score by Joseph Shabalala and classical composer Ella Spira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo blend the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of their native musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings. Mark Baldwin’s richly visceral choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance, performed by an exceptional company of eighteen dancers and singers.

THE MAKING OF INALA
Oct 1 2013
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Oct 31 2013

Paloma Faith is proving to be one of the most innovative and creative female singers of her generation; never afraid to take risks or push boundaries.

In 2010 and 2012, to critical acclaim, she wowed the Cheltenham Festival and London Barbican by teaming up with 42-piece Guy Barker Orchestra to present full-blown orchestral arrangements of her own material intermingled with classic jazz ballads, and she now takes that to a new level with the Symphonic Grace tour courtesy of Music Beyond Mainstream.

Featuring new orchestral arrangements from her Brit-nominated Fall to Grace album, including the hits Picking Up The Pieces and 30 Minute Love Affair, as well as a few other surprises on the way, Symphonic Grace is yet another bold step in Paloma’s adventurous career and MBM’s repertoire of unrepeatable tours.

With a 42-piece orchestra, brand new orchestra arrangements from Guy Barker, backing singers and fabulous costumes, Paloma Faith was at her most epic for this project.

 

Oct 23 2012
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Oct 30 2012

EFTERKLANG created this epic scale project originating from their expedition to the former Russian mining settlement of Piramida on Spitsbergen, now a ghost town just 1,000km from the North Pole. The band spent nine days collecting more than 1000 sounds.

MBM’s Piramida Concerts tour saw this innovative rock band collaborate with the 35-piece Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, conducted by André de Ridder. The Danish trio performed as a six-piece, augmented by Peter Broderick (piano), Katinka Fogh Vindelev (choir) and Budgie (drums) of Siouxsie and the Banshees & The Creatures. They were joined by JOHN GRANT to open the concerts.

 

May 19 2012
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May 28 2012

With special guests Maddy Prior, Thea Gilmore, Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Green Gartside, PP Arnold, Dave Swarbrick, Jerry Donahue, Lavinia Blackwall, Sam Carter & Blair Dunlop

In the years since her tragic early death, folk icon Sandy Denny has emerged as one of the UK’s greatest singer-songwriters. She had a pivotal role in the British folk rock movement of the 1960s/70s both solo and in iconic bands Fairport Convention and Fotheringay.

In 2011 an album of new songs discovered in her archive were completed by THEA GILMORE and released entitled Don’t Stop Singing. Thea joined this unique line up of artists including former colleagues and friends Maddy Prior, Dave Swarbrick and Jerry Donahue alongside young admirers, established vocalists and musicians to celebrate the singer-songwriter who Richard Thompson has described as ‘the greatest British female artist of her generation’.

Nov 20 2011
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Dec 5 2011

Traveller brings together the passionate and diverse music of Spain with the vibrant sounds of the Indian tradition, tracing the gypsies’ journey from their homeland in Rajasthan to finally settling in Southern Europe.

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, one of the world’s greatest sitar players, performed this MBM tour with her specially selected group of all-star Indian and flamenco musicians on percussion, flute, shehnai and vocals.

Oct 16 2011
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Oct 28 2011

This MBM tour combined Tindersticks’ unique sound with compelling, sensual and alternately meditative and shocking visuals handpicked from across Denis’ striking work.

For lovers of intensely beautiful and thought provoking film and music, this collaboration between world-renowned French film-maker Claire Denis and TINDERSTICKS front man Stuart Staples was a match made in heaven.

TINDERSTICKS are one of the most original and distinctive British acts crafting dense, meaningful songs layered with literary lyrics, intertwining melodies, brooding vocals, and gently melancholy orchestrations. Claire Denis, a Paris-based film director and one of the major artistic voices of contemporary French cinema.

 

Apr 13 2011
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Apr 21 2011

African Soul Rebels is a concept created by MBM to showcase some of the most amazing talent from the continent. Vibrant, contemporary, relevant music from a continent as diverse as it is stunning. Normally the ASR concept features a triple bill but for this ASR special we settled on Seun Kuti as the ambassador of contemporary afrobeat and a performing tour de force.

Seun Kuti is an unbelievable force in Nigerian Music, having inherited his father Fela Kuti’s band, he is now the crowned king of Afrobeat. Having not been eclipsed by his father , who was the biggest 20th century star of African music, for some, Seun now outshines him.

His music, dance, politics and funky Yoruba Afrobeat never let tradition down and Seun plays with such dynamism, precision and energy that everyone lucky enough to have seen his father’s show live, is now left in awe of his son Seun.

Feb 6 2011
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Feb 21 2011

For this project MBM brought together on the same bill two of the most original musical artists around.

PENGUIN CAFE’s music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless theme tunes, and they’ve played festivals from Bestival and The Big Chill to a sold out Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Their unique, quintessentially English sound is influenced by folk, bluegrass, avant garde classical music and pop.

Electronica meets 21st century-jazz in PORTICO QUARTET’s melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation. Their hook-laden, darkly atmospheric post-jazz has pushed them to the forefront of the contemporary music scene and got them nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.

 

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