This week's new live music

Icarus At The Edge Of Time | The $1,000,000 Collection | Kele | Tapestry Supersonic Sunday | Dirty Projectors | Buxton Festival

Icarus At The Edge Of Time, London

The American theoretical physicist Brian Greene is one of the world's leading proponents of string theory, but he is also determined to communicate his theories to the widest possible audience. His children's book, Icarus At The Edge Of Time, recasts the Icarus myth as a science fiction story in which a boy in outer space challenges the power of a black hole and Einstein's theory of general relativity. The book has been adapted for a multimedia show in collaboration with David Henry Hwang, a librettist for Philip Glass; and Glass himself has composed an orchestral score, creating a work with narrator along the lines of Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf, with an accompanying film by Al and Al. Glass's score is played live by the London Philharmonic under Marin Alsop, and David Morrissey is the narrator.

Royal Festival Hall, SE1, Sat & Sun

Andrew Clements

The $1,000,000 Collection, Milton Keynes

John Dankworth was composing almost all the way up to his death this year, and the family celebrates his memory on its home turf with one of his most inventive longer works: 1967's The $1,000,000 Collection, written for a creative new generation of British players whose flexibility he found highly liberating. The Gil Evans-influenced compositional subtlety, sly quirkiness and storytelling momentum is inspired by the paintings of Mondrian, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Hogarth among others. A glitzy orchestra assembled by Alec Dankworth includes pianist Tom Cawley, saxophonists Tim Garland and Julian Siegel, vibraphonist Jim Hart, and trumpeter-violinist Henry Lowther, who played on the original album.

The Stables, Sun

John Fordham

Kele, On tour

Once the danciest man in indie, Kele Okereke has lately made a nuanced musical departure and become the indiest man in dance. For the singer, it's a customarily ambiguous position. Though his band hasn't split up definitively, he's releasing a solo record, The Boxer; and though he's nominally repositioning himself as a dance act, he's doing it in the indiest way possible – not with a series of glitzy nightclub PAs, but with a dues-paying slog around some of the UK's more compact venues. Puzzling as it might be to some of Bloc Party's more tearful fans, Tenderoni, his debut single, is a pretty enjoyable piece of old-school techno. It's chiefly reminiscent of Orbital, the one dance act that back in the day the indie boys liked – and that, surely, is where we came in.

Southampton University Students' Union, Sat; Waterfront, Norwich, Mon; Village Underground, EC2, Tue; Digital, Newcastle upon Tyne, Thu; T In The Park, Balado Airfield, Kinross, Fri

John Robinson

Tapestry Supersonic Sunday, Shenley

A boutique festival needs to know its market, and Tapestry (a fest that ran for several years until 2008) catered for a very specific group: persons who enjoy listening to 1960s and 70s-style rock and folk, in a wild west or medieval setting. Perhaps a tough sell for a weekend festival, some of the goodwill generated by the original format has led to this Supersonic Sunday, which settles in Hertfordshire, with a capacity of around 500. Fancy dress has vanished from the agenda, but a policy of decent food, beer and company has not, and the music policy remains intact. This year's event will feature turns from the Magic Numbers, the wonderful Scots folk-rockers Trembling Bells, and – albeit in a slightly rowdier vein – the Jim Jones Revue.

Shenley Park, Sun

John Robinson

Dirty Projectors, Manchester

Once best known as a breeding ground for leftfield talent – past members include Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij – the Dirty Projectors have emerged as a first-rank band in their own right. Very much the sharp end of the busy, literate college rock bands that have emerged from the USA since 2006, there's a lot going on in Dirty Projectors, sometimes too much to take in. Now, undoubtedly, is a hugely interesting time to catch up with Dave Longstreth's band. 2009's Bitte Orca album was a head-turning mixture of ecstatic pop, ethereal indie and R&B. Their latest single, Ascending Melody, meanwhile, finds them free roaming through those influences, sounding ever more relaxed.

Manchester University, Tue

John Robinson

Buxton Festival, Buxton

Though Buxton packs a great deal into its festival, including literary events and high-class chamber music, it's the opera that gives it real distinction. The town's fine Matcham-designed opera house regularly hosts a couple of bespoke festival productions, as well as several touring shows; standards are generally high and there is always at least one rarity among them. A concert performance of Mozart's Idomeneo, (13, 17 & 23 Jul) in the reworking that Richard Strauss made to a completely new text, is a curiosity, while Verdi's Luisa Miller (Wed to 25 Jul) is staged by Stephen Medcalf. But it's Peter Cornelius's The Barber Of Baghdad (Thu to 24 Jul), directed by Alessandro Talevi, that intrigues. Cornelius was a contemporary and friend of Schumann and Liszt and well regarded by Wagner; this 1858 comedy – based on an Arabian Nights tale – is the best known of his three operas, though rarely seen today.

Opera House, Wed to 25 Jul

Andrew Clements

Contributors

Andrew Clements, John Robinson & John Fordham

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
This week's new live music

Hallogallo Neu! 2010 | Flying Lotus | Green Man Festival | Barbara Morrison | Les Enfants Terribles | BBC Symphony Orchestra

John Robinson, John Fordham & Andrew Clements

13, Aug, 2010 @11:06 PM

Article image
This week's new live music

Led Bib | Cerebral Ballzy | Another Honest Jon's Chop Up | Glass At 75 | DOOM | Joan Of Arc At The Stake

John Fordham, John Robinson & Andrew Clements

28, Oct, 2011 @11:06 PM

Article image
This week's new live music

Kurt Vile | Mobo Tour 2012 | Tindersticks | Cuong Vu | Yuriy Galkin Nonet | Bachfest

John Robinson, John Fordham & Andrew Clements

18, Feb, 2012 @12:05 AM

Article image
This week's new live music

Aerosmith | Scissor Sisters | Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | Lohengrin | Alan Hovhaness | Wynton Marsalis

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

11, Jun, 2010 @11:05 PM

Article image
This week's new live music

ATP: The Nightmare Before Christmas | Poul Ruders Premiere | Sun Ra Arkestra | Liz Green | Death In Vegas | Jazz From Poland

John Robinson, Andrew Clements & John Fordham

03, Dec, 2011 @12:06 AM

Article image
This week's new live music

The Kills | Emeralds | Thee Oh Sees | Robert Glasper | Danny Driver | Bath International Music Festival

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & Sam Richards

20, May, 2011 @11:05 PM

Article image
This week's new live music

Cheikh Lô | The Who | Wire | PLG Young Artists Series | Hollywood Rhapsody | Vincius Cantuária/Bill Frisell

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

08, Jan, 2011 @12:06 AM

Article image
This week's new live music

... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead & Rival Schools | Peter Brötzmann | Dustin Wong | Battles | Fire And Blood | Golgotha

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

15, Apr, 2011 @11:07 PM

Article image
This week's new live music

Joan As Police Woman | Jonny | Band Of Horses | The Portrait | Georg Friedrich Haas | Gwilym Simcock

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

29, Jan, 2011 @12:06 AM

Article image
This week's new live music

Calvin Johnson | Get Cape Wear Cape Fly | Steve Mason | Three Choirs Festival | El Niño | Orchestre National De Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt

Andrew Clements, John Fordham & John Robinson

06, Aug, 2010 @11:05 PM