FRESH THURSDAY // Maja Bugge + Theo Alexander

Cobalt Studios, NE2 1AP Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 07 2021 19:00 - 22:00
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Tickets GBP 7.00 - GBP 100.00
Tickets GBP 7.00 - GBP 100.00

FRESH THURSDAY is a regular event showcasing exciting new music alongside lots of candles, board games and a homecooked slap up dinner. *If you have a nut allergy or are coeliac please choose the ticketing option that states the correct dietary requirement. Please note booking well in advance for this event is really helpful for us to know how many people we're catering for!*

This Fresh presents two of the UK's most interesting solo composer performers...

Maja Bugge is a Norwegian cellist, composer and cello teacher based in Lancaster, UK. Since 1998 she has created a large body of work both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. Her works has been commissioned by Manchester Jazz festival, Lancaster Arts, Full of Noises, the National Theatre Oslo and Jazz North. She says of her work “All my work is about an attempt for dialogue; a dialogue between the cello and a site, a text, an image, a movement, a space. All my work as a composer and performer is concerned with this dialogue.”

"Imaginative Vitality” – Julian Cowley, The Wire

“Bugge has set herself a considerable intellectual and musical challenge, and she carries it off courageously. A huge success and a unique record" – on “No Exit”― Ed Pinset The soundprojector 2019


Theo Alexander is a Chinese-British composer who writes energetic, intricate music using piano, tape loops and synthesisers. Preoccupied by themes of memory, repetition, and decadence, his music is often ecstatic, splicing melodic patterns together in complex and affecting structures of sound. His approach is driven by a desire to subvert the acoustic qualities of the piano with electronic counterparts.


"These pieces feel both beautiful and intense... These patterns and progressions have been finding their way into my dreams lately, which makes a certain amount of sense. This music feels calm, but relentless at the same time"
NPR (Stephen Thompson)

"Sunbathing Through a Glass Screen is a pleasant surprise, even in its disconsolation. Theo Alexander’s compositions are imaginative and original yet find familiarity, evoking early ‘70s minimalism. There are so many layers to unearth, and the expressive soundscapes throughout offer a momentary reprieve from all the outside noise."
Foxy Digitalis

"That Alexander can balance a percussive instinct with, as the piece proceeds, a penchant for melodic flourishing is very much to his credit."

"Alexander's weapon of choice is the piano and much like a Nils Frahm, he finds ways to create a melodic dissonance and percussion that takes you on a emotional magic carpet ride."

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