Gates open at 12 noon with the first performances starting at 12.30pm

The online music and culture magazine The Quietus have come on board as media partners for Wysing Polyphonic. They said "The Quietus have been regulars on the coach to-and-from the Cambridgeshire countryside for Wysing's festival over the past few years. We're thrilled to be increasing our participation in 2016 by partnering one of the best arts events in the calendar."


*Just added* - the Musarc choir will be performing in the gallery stage and around the site

Wysing Polyphonic

Wysing Polyphonic is the seventh annual music event at Wysing and the first to be fully acoustic; with no microphones, speakers, backing tracks, laptops or electronics. A range of musicians and artists have responded to the parameters of the festival which will rely on their experimental approach to working with voice, instruments and objects. Performances for Wysing Polyphonic include abstract sound experiments, drone, choral ensembles, improvised jazz, whistling, song, spoken word, and performances using ancient instruments. Much of what will take place at Wysing Polyphonic will be improvised and completely unique to the festival and the specific surroundings and context of Wysing.

Click on each of the names to the right to be taken to Youtube, Vimeo and Soundcloud files or read our Director's festival blog here.

Adam Bohman / operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades his music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improv
Barnaby Brown / expert in ancient instruments and performing the triplepipes for Wysing Polyphonic.
David Toop / composer, musician, author and curator experienced in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop, theatre and dance.
Evan Parker / consistently innovative presence in British free music since the 1960s. For Wysing Polyphonic he will perform his solo soprano saxophone music; a singular body of work and continuing exploration of circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering.

Jennifer Walshe / composer, vocalist and performer whose work has been performed by ensembles such as Alter Ego, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, The Rilke Ensemble, Musica Nova Consort and various chamber orchestras and performing for Wysing Polyphonic in collaboration with the Japanese performer, composer and sound artist Tomomi Adachi.
Laura Cannell / draws on the emotional influences of the East Anglian landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music, with deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder.
Pierre Berthet / musician, composer, inventor, craftsman who lives and works in Liège, Belgium. Alongside performing his own work Berthet will perform Galileo by American minimalist composer Tom Johnson.

Paul Purgas / artist whose musical project Emptyset, with James Ginzberg, examines the material properties of sound and its correspondence with architecture, performance and modes of production.
Richard Dawson / a voice that crumbles and soars, that is steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane, Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive.
Rie Nakajima & Keiko Yamamoto / working together as O Yama O, create a delicate soundscape using everyday objects and inspired by Japanese folk tales, anthropology and domestic life routines.
Secluded Bronte / musical project that is a fusion of conceptual art, sketches, live musique concréte, wild electronics, noise and poetry. For Wysing Polyphonic, they will perform a collaboration with artist Andy Holden.

Adam Christensen / visual artist and a member of the band Ectopia. Christensen will be performing his solo project for the festival, for voice and accordion.
David Blandy and Larry Achiampong / visual artists who share an interest in popular culture and the post-colonial position, perfoming at the festival together.
Emma Smith / visual artist who as a performance based social practice and for Wysing Polyphonic, will be bringing her recent project the Whistling Orchestra.
Florence Peake / visual artist who has had extensive training in dance. Site and audience, live and recorded text, wit and humour are key to her work.  

Jenny Moore / multi-instrumentalist whose music projects include the bands Bas Jan and Charismatic Megafauna; a feminist percussion and drumming ensemble. For Wysing Polyphonic Moore is developing a new work for drums and voices.
Keef Winter / visual artist with interests in art and architecture with sculpture, installation, noise-making and performance. He is a member of the band Not Squares.
Laura O’Neill & Natalie Price Hafslund / visual artists who will collaborate on a new performance for Wysing Polyphonic, for which a low-fi sci-fi brain-wave control device will connect them to quartz singing bowls. 
Sam Belinfante / visual artist and musician who recently curated the exhibition Listening and will be performing with the Musarc choir. 

The festival will include a section of readings and spoken word performances by poets, writers and artists including: 

Crispin Best
Linda Stupart
Megan Nolan
Rachel Benson

Early Bird Tickets start at £15 plus booking fee.