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Mahan Esfahani & Manchester Collective: Automata


06 Nov 2021


Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, North Road, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER

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The harpsichord is an exquisite machine. It’s an instrument of contradictions – completely mechanised but totally expressive. Mahan Esfahani has made a career exploding stereotypes around the harpsichord, and Laurence Osborn’s piece Coin Op Automata does just this. Fusing string quartet and harpsichord into one musical machine – it’s sometimes jerky, sometimes broken, but always compelling.