The Manchester-born ensemble Distractfold specialises in performing instrumental, electro-acoustic and mixed chamber music from the 21st century. In 2014, the ensemble was awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Performance at the International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt. Past seasons include concerts at Le Bruit de la Musique Festival, International PoznaƄ Spring New Music Festival, Gdansk, Lódz, the IGNM concert series at Gare du Nord in Basel and Kompakt am Montag in Zurich, amongst others. The group has been in residence at the University of Huddersfield, Ithaca College in New York and Brunel University in London, and holds a quarterly residence at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. In 2015-16 Distractfold was in residence at Harvard University and presented concerts in New York and Chicago. In summer 2016, the group returned to Darmstadt for a series of featured concerts. In 2016-17 it will be in residence at Stanford University and will be featured at Luxembourg’s Rainy Days Festival. Distractfold will also curate the 2017 Cut and Splice Festival, which takes place in Manchester for the first time since the festival’s inception.