Manchester-based ensemble, Distractfold, is a group of performers, composers and curators all acting out of shared love, passion and interest in the music and culture of our times. Coming from different continents, backgrounds and having received a diverse education, together they create a nexus of ideas and influences which all contribute towards the ensemble’s unique voice and identity. They perform acoustic, mixed and electroacoustic music of their peers, alongside music of the more established composers with whom they have formed close collaborations and friendships.
In 2014 Distractfold became the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. In 2016 they returned to Darmstadt presenting two programmes of music at the Centralstation and curated a CD featuring remixes and reworking based on the festival’s 70-year archives.
In 2016-17 concert season they focused on curating and producing the 2017 Cut and Splice Festival, which took place in Manchester for the first time since the festival's inception.
Distractfold have been able to invite numerous composers to join them in Manchester for performances at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation - such as Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Hanna Hartman and Marek Poliks to name a few - and have given UK and world premieres of works from composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Santiago Diez-Fischer and Michelle Lou. Distractfold has also hosted guest performances from artists such as the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs, Wet Ink Ensemble and Lê Quan Ninh.
Alongside their work in Manchester, Distractfold perform regularly in festivals and concert series at home and abroad. Last season saw appearances at the 48th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt; KLANG Festival in Copenhagen; NeoArte New Music Festival in Gdańsk; Outer Ear Series at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; and Kammer Klang concert series at Café Oto, London.
Passionate about developing new ideas and creative potential among young composers, Distractfold has participated in reading sessions and workshops nationally and abroad. Some of these collaborative projects include workshops at Huddersfield University, Brunel University, Royal Northern College of Music and Ithaca College. In 2016 Distractfold was invited as one of the resident ensembles for the Harvard Group for New Music and will be returning there in 2018. In 2017 they were an ensemble in residence at Stanford University.
Distractfold is currently the ensemble in association at Brunel University, and ensemble in residence for an interdisciplinary course at the Architectural Association in London.