Joby Burgess – Powerplant

Joby Burgess Powerplant (photo Kathy Hinde)

We are delighted to be collaborating with The Three Palaces Festival in Malta and Oxford’s The North Wall to present Joby Burgess – Powerplant on 8 November at 19:00.

Famed for their visually innovative, multi-media performances, Powerplant operate at the forefront of the alt-classical scene, presenting percussion led performances with sound design by Matthew Fairclough and visuals by Kathy Hinde.

On 8 November Joby Burgess, the “insanely talented British percussionist” (Chicago Classical Music) presents an inspiring collaboration of British artists, fusing driving minimalism and electronica with original video. The performance was filmed at Oxford’s award-winning arts venue The North Wall.


Im Dofe Max De Wardener

Discordia Linda Buckley

Temazcal Javier Alvarez

Sleep Eric Whitacre (arrangement Joby Burgess)


Joby Burgess – production and percussion

Matt Fairclough – sound design

Kathy Hinde – visual artist

Filmed by Andy Willsher and Iain Armstrong

A link to the performance will be added to this page shortly and we look forward to joining you online for this most striking multi-media performance.

Find out more about Joby Burgess and Powerplant at

Joby Burgess Canna Sonora (photo Nick White)

Programme Notes

London based composer and producer Max de Wardener takes influence from Michael Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher in a powerful reworking of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise.

The ethereal Canna Sonora – a nine-foot-tall Aluminium Harp – is the focal point of Linda Buckley’s 2018 Barbican commission Discordia. The pure sounds of this Capone era friction instrument are set within an evocative soundscape of lost voices and dark synths, to create an electronically enhanced fusion that speaks right here, right now.

Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal combines a single pair of maracas, Latin American folk music and pre-recorded sounds, to create a world of electronic noises and rhythmic shadows. In the words of composer John Adams, “The music of Javier Alvarez reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.”

Taken from Burgess’ unique recording Marimba Quartets, Sleep brings the warm, earthy tones of the marimba to one of Eric Whitacre’s most popular choral works.

Flying Sticks – photo Nick White