sound new music listening club

  • Online
  • Free event

Our online listening club will be held from 7-8pm on the last Friday of each month and is a chance to come together regularly to listen to new music and find out more about today's composers.

We will invite a variety of different guest hosts who will explore the music of a different contemporary composer each time. You'll be invited to spend some time listening to one of the composer's works before we meet, but there will also be an opportunity to listen to the work during the session if you don't get around to it beforehand.

Like a book club but with less homework!

On Friday 24 June we'll be listening to a work by Franco-Lebanese composer Zad Moultaka who we have commissioned a new work from for this year's soundfestival.

Born in Lebanon in 1967 in the contemporary theatre world, Zad Moultaka is a composer and visual artist. He started playing the piano at the age of five and moved to Paris in 1984. In 1989, he won the First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. In 1993, he abandoned his international career as an interpreter to devote himself to composition and visual art. Trained in the discipline of the western musical writing but linked naturally to his Mediterranean roots, Zad Moultaka creates his own musical language. Noticed by György Kurtág, his meeting with the composer was decisive in the statement of a progressive original and atypical writing.

 His works are interpreted and appreciated throughout the world; he received the SACEM Prize-Claude Arrieu 2007 and the Critics' Prize, best musical creation in 2017 for his work UM sovereign engine of all things. His several musical collaborations include 57th Venice Art Biennale, Van Harentz Foundation; Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Stockholm; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Muziktheater Im Revier, Gelsenkirchen; Neue Vocalsolisten, Stuttgart; Chamber choir Les éléments; ArsNova, Musicatreize, 2e2m Ensembles…and more recently, Hémon, Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg; Der letzte Klang ist der erste Blick, Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt; Requiem for a New World, Basilica S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice and L’Orangeraie, Compagnie Lyrique de Création Chants Libres, Montreal. 

In parallel, he continues his visual arts practice working across installation, painting, photography and video. Recent exhibitions highlights include Totah Gallery New York; Dome Oscar Niemeyer Tripoli-Lebanon; Center Pompidou-Metz; 57th Venice Art Biennale, Sursock Museum, Beirut 2018, Suomenlinna, Finland; Nuit Blanche, Paris; Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains; Arsenal de Metz; Art Dubai and Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice. 

More recently, Zad Moultaka was selected from among 200 Visionaries by Maison Louis Vuitton, in order to create a trunk to mark the 200th birthday of its founder. In November 2021, he exhibited his new collection “APOCALYPSE 6:08” at AEDAEN gallery, Strasbourg, France and a visual and sound installation “WAHM” Corridor des Illusions in China.

Please register in advance by clicking BOOK on the right hand side. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session and we will email you with a link to recordings of the piece to listen to before the session. 

You can join the session on Zoom via an internet browser on your computer or mobile device or you can phone in on either a mobile or landline to listen using the Dial by your location number. 

If you have any queries please email

Image: Klara Beck