Updated: Sunday, 23rd November 2014 @ 5:39am

Preview: Clint Eastwood son returns with jazz band to Royal Northern College of Music in May

Preview: Clint Eastwood son returns with jazz band to Royal Northern College of Music in May

By Charlie Bennett

Clint Eastwood’s eldest son Kyle is bringing his jazz band to the Royal Northern College of Music this May.

It’s not just familial obligation that Kyle Eastwood has composed music for most of his dad’s films from Mystic River onwards. He is fast becoming a universally respected musician and band leader in his own right, and is returning to the RNCM on Friday May 4 after his popular appearance in 2010.

His eclectic albums meld influences as diverse as funk and techno, yielding sonic excursions while never baffling mainstream audiences. For film fans, don’t be surprised if he also renditions pieces from Clint’s soundtracks.

Incidentally, Jóhann Jóhannsson will also perform The Miners’ Hymns on May 21. It’s the funereal soundtrack to Bill Morrison’s found-footage documentary on Durham’s mining community and their tragic end.

The Icelandic composer seeps brass, organ and electronics into an autumnal atmosphere you’d expect from an artist signed on to 4AD records (the same label to whom the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and other shadowy acts belong to).

Post-classical pianists Volker ‘Hauschka’ Bertelmann from Dusseldorf and Dustin O’Halloran from the US will be performing on the same night as part of the Transcendental Tour 2012.

If those aren’t edgy enough for you, Matthew Herbert’s One Pig project will be performed live on May 18. From the sampled oinks and squeals to drums made from pig’s skin to the wind instruments that utilise pig’s blood, it’s a porker of an album – one of the few avant-garde records to get good reviews from both Telegraph Tories and Pitchfork hipsters – and the best aural depiction of the killing and consumption of a pig since Meat is Murder.

For fans of female vocalists, RNCM is also holding Ute Lemper, the German chanteuse famous for her interpretation of Kurt Weill compositions and the German dub for The Little Mermaid, to celebrate Astor Piazzolla’s tango music on May 3.

Angelique Kidjo, the Grammy-winning African singer will perform political numbers with the Manchester World Voices Choir on May 16.

Trio Mediaeval‘s Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Torunn Ostrem are collaborating with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to present startling works of minimalism on May 22.

British saxophonist Andy Sheppard and his Trio Libero will be performing tracks from their self-titled début ECM album, and concludes this magnificent line-up of events.