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Music As Medicine: Edward Chilvers - A Polyrhythmic Universe

Music As Medicine: Edward Chilvers - A Polyrhythmic Universe

Event Time Fri 6th Mar 2020 at 7:00pm-Fri 6th Mar 2020 at 10:00pm
Event Location International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
Event Price £12 - £14 + Booking fee (see below)
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Music As Medicine: Edward Chilvers - A Polyrhythmic Universe

Edward Chilvers the ground-breaking polyrhythmic pianist and composer is back in Manchester with Music As Medicine, bringing new improvisations and compositions from his next album.  

After two sell out concerts; we invite you to experience PART 3 - ‘A Polyrhythmic Universe’.


Eddie’s work with polyrhythms and modes breaks into new uncharted territories; beautiful pieces of music that morph and mutate, emerging from unique improvisations in the moment. 

Edward’s musical explorations are constantly evolving and we’re always excited to bring him back to showcase his recent work. His new work points towards the concept of emptiness and he'll be sharing compositions drawn from his soon to be launched album, the follow up to 2016’s ’12 Etudes’. Titles for these pieces hint at what we can expect; Where is the Centre? The softness of being. Confusion is the point. Understanding is incomplete. Where is the edge? 

‘The idea (of polyrhythms) is to create a multi-dimensional impression, music happening at different speeds PULLS YOUR MIND IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. It’s the way they (the rhythms) relate to each other and link with each other that i’m interested in.’

Eddie has yet to discover another composer in the world doing this work...poly-tempo and meta-tempo compositions, layers of patterns within patterns. Simple impressions floating in subtle complexity. A window to transcendence. 

A Young Steinway artist who began playing at the age of 4, Edward draws inspiration from a myriad of influences; from Bach, Wagner and Beethoven through to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Radiohead and Meshuggah. 

However the Bwiti music of Gabon, West Africa, with its’ incessant, intense use of polyrhythm via harp, voice and drums influenced Chilvers to seek to stretch the capacity of what is humanly possible to play on the piano.

‘Everything interesting in the cosmos dances along that turbulent line between order and disorder. Comprehensible and Incomprehensible. Same and Different. Old and New. Music strives to represent the character of the universe. As above so below on every level and in every dimension.’

The Anthony Burgess Foundation is an independent educational charity that encourages interest into all aspects of the life and work of the Manchester born author and composer. 

Chilvers will be performing on Anthony Burgess's own Bosendorfer piano.

DATE: 6th MARCH 2020
VENUE: Anthony Burgess Foundation
Early Bird - £12 + BF 
Advance - £14 + BF

More on the door £18 (CASH ONLY) 


In this Ted Talk, Eddie talks of why Polyrhythm is the inevitable future direction of music.

Watch Eddie’s recent 5 part video series on ‘Polyrhythmy and the Future of Music.’

Eddie’s studies of polyrhythm have resulted in the astoundingly dextrous and beautiful album ’12 Etudes’. Listen to samples of here.


International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY, UK