German prepared-piano maestro Hauschka brings his inspired show to Manchester in May in support of expansive new album, Abandoned City. His first solo album since 2011’s Salon Des Amateurs, Abandoned City sees Hauschka continue to raise the bar, full of cinematic melodies to reflect the titles of the tracks – named after vacant cities. From the sinister bass notes on Elizabeth Bay, a former Namibian mining town to the free jazz element of Pripyat, an abandoned city near Chernobyl, each track taking a different direction in itself. Described by NME as a ‘bracing concept album’, this is your chance to see Hauschka’s impressive craft live on stage, featuring piano, duct tape, beaded necklaces, clocks – you name it. For a preview, see a live performance of Elizabeth Bay, below.

Fri 16 May, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, M1 5BY. 7.30pm, £12.50,

Fri 16 May
Hannah Phillips
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Thu 24 Apr 2014