Bristol New Music join us in this month’s guest picks ahead of their weekend event on 20th – 22nd April.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Former IMAX | 22.04, 6.30pm & 9.00pm

When we saw Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s performance in The Lantern last June, we knew we’d witnessed a true pioneer of the contemporary music scene, so we’re thrilled to have her back and on the lineup for Bristol New Music.

Since we last saw her, Smith has released her album, The Kid, which we’ve been listening to non-stop. Mixing psychedelic elements with dreamy instrumental samples, disco with drone, synths with African rhythms, it takes the phrase genre-defying to a whole other level.

These alien compositions combined with striking visuals make Smith’s shows a fully immersive and sensory experience, lending itself perfectly to the ambient setting of Bristol Aquarium’s former IMAX cinema. Trust us, you’re going to want to check this out.

Elysia Crampton: ‘Red Clouds’ + Coby Sey + Laurie & Olly + AUDINT

Spike Island, 20.04, 8.00pm

Aymaran artist and electronic musician Elysia Crampton presents the UK premiere of her new solo show ‘Red Clouds’, plus a live set from illusive London bass music protagonist Coby Sey and a sonically-unruly new collaboration between UK composer/Slip label co-founder Laurie Tompkins and celebrated cellist/producer Oliver Coates.

A Hawk & A Hacksaw

Sportsmans | 22.04, 8.00pm

The brainchild of former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer and accordionist Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost, A Hawk & A Hacksaw is a kaleidoscopic invention which blends influences of old and new, East and West, noise and melody. If their latest album Forest Bathing is anything to go by, we’ll be ending the festival with a bang with this one.

Bristol New Music weekend celebrates the innovators and boundary-pushers of contemporary music, taking place in venues across the city. More at: bristolnewmusic.org