Cultural organisation Metal - in partnership with Warp Records, Barbican Centre, and Boiler Room, plus Indian partners Wild City and What About Art? - present Different Trains 1947, a brand new audio-visual composition in response to the Partition of 1947 and brings together the historical and contemporary cultures of the UK and India to mark the UK India Year of Culture.

Different Trains 1947 will be created in collaboration between filmmakers/ artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (directors of the celebrated Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth) and critically acclaimed musicians Jack Barnett and Darren J. Cunningham. Joining their ranks will be Indian producer Sanaya Ardeshir (Sandunes) whose club tracks are revered for incorporating unique Asian sounds with electronica, garage and post-dubstep.

Together, these vast talents with their versatile backgrounds, will create a truly unique audio visual experience in response to the Partition. The work, though entirely new, will be partly inspired by minimalist composer, Steve Reich's 1988 creation Different Trains. 


Different Trains 1947 will premiere in Liverpool at Metal, Edge Hill railway stationthe oldest active passenger railway station in the world, on 28 September, 2017.  

The piece will then be presented at Barbican Hall London (October 2017) and Magnetic Fields Festival, within the grounds of a 17th century palace on the edge of the desert in Rajasthan in India (December, 2017), creating a truly epic international showcase for this new commission, with the Boiler Room streaming one of the events live as it happens.

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Darren J. Cunningham aka Actress in a still from Different Trains  ©

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