Luis-Manuel Garcia

Fluid Conversation will be chaired by Luis-Manuel Garcia, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham.

He will also be DJing as LMGM at Fluid Brunch

His research covers urban electronic dance music scenes, with a particular focus on affect, intimacy, embodiment, sexuality, creative industries and musical migration. He is currently conducting a research project on ‘techno-tourism’ in Berlin while preparing a book manuscript entitled, Together Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor. Luis-Manuel is also a member of the 'Room 4 Resistance' a Berlin-based queer / femme-forward collective focused on community-building as well as creating space and visibility for underrepresented artists in dance music.

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Olivia Sparrow

Olivia will be collaborating with China Dethcrash to host an area for informal discussion centred around the themes of FLUID Festival, posing the question "What does queer sound like?", as well as exploring the importance of subcultures and personas to the queer listener.


Carolyn Morton

Vibe engineering her way through a host of arts events, Camo's Fluid brunch wraps up FLUID festival with spicy delights and taste-bud tingling treats.

Brunch available from £5


Rich Goodson

Rich Goodson's debut pamphlet of poems, 'Mr Universe', is the Poetry Book Society's 'Autumn Choice' and is being hailed as a 'new LGBT classic'.

The poems wryly interrogate the male body, asking what - if anything - a male body means.

Rich performs his poems, and wants to explore how he can collaborate with queer sound artists.


Leo Fransico

Leo Francisco of the Queerzone3000 collective will be running an ongoing workshop that will introduce you to digital tools for the making of Queer music and media production.

Leo Francisco is an artist, activist and music producer. Founder of Queerzone 3000 and member of band Boy With Wings who are currently collaborating with David Hoyle.

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Tsinder Ash

Experimental multi-instrumentalist and singer Tsinder Ash blends off-kilter melodies and dark lyrics with vocals traversing from a deep blues to whimsical folk. He will be performing his new EP 'Offerings'.

Having little regard for the confines of the stage, live performances are spontaneous and confronting. With vocals that range from a deep blues to whimsical folk and a style that derives influences from a range of musical genres, live shows extend beyond the bounds of traditional songwriting performance.

Tsinder Ash is a London-based recording and performance artist who has played venues throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Collaborating with musicians from London, Canada and the States.

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Fukc_boi utilises homogenised pop samples and degraded audio from pornography to create a form of semi tangible fetishism.

Digitally and physically degrading pre-existing audio, as a thematic representation of masochism and fetishistic desire, drawing source material from Queer culture. Their performances are an attack on the fundamental aesthetic values of musicality, sub-culture and sound design.

Their performances for Fluid Festival explore the conceptual spectrum between interior and exterior, experience and data, pleasure and pain.

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Darryl W Bullock

Author of 'David Bowie Made Me Gay' Darryl W Bullock will be talking about his book that is published September 2017; a comprehensive history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community.

Darryl W. Bullock is a publisher, editor, and writer specialising in numerous areas including music and the arts. He is the author of The World's Worst Records and posts weekly on his popular blog, The World's Worst Records. Bullockhelped launch We Are Family, the UK'sfirst magazine for LGBT families and their friends. He is the author of the acclaimed biography Florence Foster Jenkins: A Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer.

Darryl W. Bullock discusses how gay, lesbian, and bisexual performers influenced Jazz and Blues; examines the almost forgotten Pansy Craze in the years between the two World Wars (when many LGBT performers were feted by royalty and Hollywood alike); chronicles the dark years after the depression when gay life was driven deep underground; celebrates the re-emergence of LGBT performers in the post-Stonewall years; and highlights today’s most legendary out-gay pop stars: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael.



UNMUTED is for people of colour who identify as LGBTQI or QTIPOC. Queer Trans People of Colour are disproportionately underrepresented, overlooked, abused and isolated.

They will be taking part in Fluid Exchange to unmute what society cares to stay silent about.

UNMUTED give Birmingham, the tools to safely support and raise the voices and visibility of the QTIPOC community, standing against homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and all gender and racial based hate.


China Dethcrash

China will be collaborating with artist Olivia Sparrow to host an area for informal discussion centred around the themes of FLUID Festival, posing the question "What does queer sound like?", as well as exploring the importance of subcultures and personas to the queer listener.


James Lawrence Slattery

James Lawrence Slattery & Bunny Gamer curate a programme of screenings.

Siren Songs a seductive, eclectic and eccentric audio visual mixtape curated for your pleasure /// listen with your eyes /// touch with your ears.

The screenings will feature work by Emily Pope and Ruth Angel Edwards, Ivan Robirosa, Jim Warrier (aka Minuek ), Tom Doherty and James Lawrence Slattery, with added siren ornamentation for your pleasure. Videos will include snippets, fragments and remixed visual and aural voices that constantly warp and shift. Multiplicity forever!

James Lawrence Slattery recently graduated a Masters in Film Aesthetics from University of Oxford they now spends a lot of time reading in their bedroom, going to the cinema, drinking wine and drawing on their face.

Film Reviews and Critique:
Siren Archive:

Yfat Soul Zisso

Soul will be performing 'Violet to Vita' and will be accompanied by Holly Shirra (piano) and Megan Kirwin (Cello).

Soul is a composer who has been performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Swan, Xenia Pestova and the Fidelio Trio in a wide range of venues and festivals.

Soul is also a singer, specialising in performing contemporary repertoire. She is a member of Via Nova chamber choir, has performed as both soloist and choral singer around the world.

They are a PhD student in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Michael Wolters

Michael Wolters' works have been performed in Europe, Russia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. In the UK they have been performed at Spitalfields Festival, the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool. His opera The Voyage was commission by the PRS Foundation for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Since 2009 he has been Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Rebekah Ubuntu

Rebekah Ubuntu is a London-based performance artist and musician who recently performed at Tate Briatin, London’s Serpentine Galleries, and UK-wide arts institutions.

There collaborative work has featured on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac show,

Ubuntu’s electronic music performance focusses on auto-ethnography, social class, queerness, gender-queerness, Afro-futurism and subversion.

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Mx World

Mx World is the new solo project from London based musician Poppy Tibbetts.

By combining traditional methods and styles of song writing, sampling, sound collage and audio-processing techniques, Mx World evokes a sense of space, texture and movement through sound.

Approaching music and performance as a means of escapism, fantasy and catharsis for both the listener and performer, Mx World creates atmospheric, experimental pop music with a powerful vocal presence.

The Mx World EP, set for release in September 2017, is a 5 track EP at 20 minutes long. It will be released on Tape and Vinyl through South London based label Havana Tapes and will also be available for streaming and download on major online platforms. An EP launch party is currently being organised for the time of the EPs release.

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Daniel Vs The World

Queer cabaret pop punx from London. A queer, melodramatic rage outfit straddling a piano stool between the defiantly confessional Tori Amos and the cabaret theatricality of The Dresden Dolls, with a live set littered with honesty and humour. Debut album “Remember Who You Are”, released late last year on Dovetown Records, is an intensely personal biography of heartbreak, mental illness, anger, and hope.

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Siwan Rhys

Welsh pianist Siwan Rhys plays solo, chamber and ensemble with a strong focus on contemporary music and collaboration with composers.

Siwan is regular ensemble and orchestral pianist with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance, and Multi-Story Orchestra and has performed at Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, St David's Hall, Purcell Room, and as part of the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival. .

They teach at the London Contemporary School of Piano.

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Repeator is an ongoing project by artists Cathy Wade and Laurence Price.

By cutting and conflating sound, text and image, works are layered, revised, regurgitated and replayed. Each performance is generated from research, exchange, conversations & collaboration with others.

Previous projects include #FoxNewsDisco for Werk and WE LIKE with Keith Dodds for BE Festival.

Paul Norman

Paul Norman is a composer who is completing his PHD at Birmingham Conservatoire. There work has been performed at Frankfurt LAB, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, Gessnerallee, Zurich and Museum Tinguely, Bassel.

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Henry McPherson

Henry McPherson (pianist), Inkeri Kallio (mezzo soprano) & Adam Hall (cellist) perform ‘Savage Parade’, specially devised for Fluid Festival

Henry is a composer/performer based in Glasgow.

He is fascinated by the intersection between the visual and the musical, the blurring of media, and creating space for marginalised voices to speak. His current work critiques the structures and conventions of the tradition of classical music, through the lens of queer theory. He has a long-standing collaboration with vocalist Inkeri Kallio, with whom he has collaborated on several projects examining the role of gender-expression in the concert hall.

He is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s composition department, and has had works premiered by performers such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, violist Garth Knox, the Glasgow New Music Expedition, the Red Note Ensemble, and Germany's Ensemble Modern.

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Matmos in conversation via internet from their studio in Baltimore, USA

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others.

Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, water hitting copper plates, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, rat cages, tanks of helium, a cow uterus, human skulls, snails, cigarettes, cards shuffling, laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions, balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones, Polish trains, insects, life support systems, inflatable blankets, rock salt, solid gold coins, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal. These raw materials are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments played by them and their large circle of friends and collaborators. The result is a model of electronic composition as a relational network that connects sources and outcomes together; information about the process of creation activates the listening experience, providing the listener with entry points into sometimes densely allusive, baroque recordings.

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C N Lester

C N Lester each perform recent works

CN Lester is a singer-songwriter, writer, classical musician, and activist. Author of  Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us (Virago). They have performed ar Barbican, Tate Modern, South Bank Centre. Curator of cross-genre arts night Transpose. Trans education and outreach.

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Inkeri Kallio

Henry McPherson (pianist), Inkeri Kallio (mezzo soprano) & Adam Hall (cellist) perform ‘Savage Parade’, specially devised for Fluid Festival

Inkeri Kallio is a Finnish mezzo-soprano living in Glasgow, currently studying for their Master's qualification in vocal performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

They were recently awarded the Governors’ Recital Price for Chamber Music.

Inkeri is fascinated by the intersection of classical music performance tradition and queer identity, and has worked with several other Glasgow-based artists exploring these themes. They enjoy testing the limits of their artistic practice and finding new ways to connect their identity as a non-binary queer person with that of a classical singer.

Rolf Hind

Rolf Hind will be leading a performance of GAY GUERILLA by African-American composer Julius Eastman (1940- 1990) and will be accompanied by 3 other pianists: Siwan Rhys, Yfat Soul Zisso and Steven Giles.

In a career that has taken him all over the world in the last fifteen years, Rolf Hind has worked with many of the greatest names in 20th and 21st century contemporary classical music. He has performed at all the major European new music festivals, appeared five times at the Proms, and played in Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House.

Rolf Hind is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in recognition of his high standing within British music, Rolf was for two years Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

Keith Potter of The Independent called him “One of the rare examples of a performer who can make a successful career as a composer”. Recent commissions include Eye of Fire and "a single hair, a jasmine petal, seven mattresses, a pea.." were both shortlisted for a British Composers Award.

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Robin Buckley

Robin Buckley will be collaborating with Repeator (Cathy Wade, Laurence Price & Keith Dodds)

Robin Buckley is an electronic musician, DJ and producer with a back catalogue released on Where to Now? Records, Alien Jams and Conditional London. They also present ‘Lossless Communication’ on Resonance Extra.

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This project is supported by the Composer-Curator programme by Sound and Music