Chamber opera
14 April 2018 - 2 May 2018 | Volsoper Wien, Austria
Note : Marilyn Forever

Marilyn Forever

The Vienna Volksoper is to give the Austrian premiere - in effect the European premiere - of Gavin's chamber opera Marilyn Forever on April 14 2018, with subsequent performances on April 16, 18, 19, 22, 25, 28, 29 and May 2. It will be conducted by Wolfram-Maria Martig and staged by Christoph Zauner. There will be a pre-performance evening on April 13 2018 at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz presented by Helene Sommer.

https://www.volksoper.at/produktion/marilyn-forever-2018.de.html

 

 



Chamber opera
8 March 2018 | Theatre du Croix Rousse, Lyon
Note : The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Michael Ondaatje's book The Collected Works of Billy the Kid comprises prose texts as well as poetry. The prose texts are fragments from people who had met Billy while the poems are from his imagination. Michael wrote all the texts, even those that seem to be true documents. For the opera there are two voices: that of Billy and that of a female narrator who, at certain times, also takes on the character of female protagonists such as Sally Chisum and Angela Dickinson.

The project is a co-commission from two theatres in Lyon, Le Theatre du Croix Rousse and the Theatre de la Renaissance. The musical ensemble is a small one with just 6 players: 4 tuned percussion, piano and violin. The ensemble is directed from within by Gérard Lecointe, founder of the Percussion Claviers de Lyon (and also director the Theatre de la Renaissance). There are two singers Claron McFadden for the female role and Bertrand Belin as Billy the Kid. The stage director is Jean Lacornerie, who is also artistic director of the Theatre du Croix Rousse.

 

There will be several performance in Lyon followed by a tour throughout France and Belgium. It is co-produced by Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse with Théâtre de la Renaissance (Ouillins), Muziektheater Transparant, Operadagen Rotterdam and Mahogany Opera Group.

 

 

 



Shakespeare sonnet settings
27 October 2017 | Strings of Autumn festival, Anežský klášter, Prague
Note : Nothing like the Sun

Nothing like the Sun

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakepeare Company (RSC) in 2006, this is a rare performance of Gavin's Shakespeare sonnet settings as part of the prestigious Prague Strings of Autumn Festival. They will be performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, tenor John Potter, and Gavin Friday as the speaker. Gavin Friday will also perform his own setting of Sonnet 40, which formed part of the original programme.

Full programme:

It Never Rains (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

The North Shore (solo viola plus ensemble)

Gavin Friday: Sonnet 40 (Gavin Friday, plus ensemble)

The Flower of Friendship (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

interval

Nothing like the Son (Eight sonnet settings)

Performers: Sarah Dacey, soprano; John Potter, tenor; Gavin Friday, speaker;

Morgan Goff viola; Kate Wilkinson, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Roger Heaton, clarinet and bass clarinet; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars;

Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Chris Bradley, percussion (including cimbalom)

 



GB Ensemble perform Shakespeare sonnet settings
25 October 2017 | Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, 46 New Briggate, Leeds
Note : Nothing like the Sun

Nothing like the Sun

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakepeare Company (RSC) in 2006, this is a rare chance to hear a performance of Gavin's Shakespeare sonnet settings in the UK. It precedes a performance in Prague two days later by the same performers where it will be performed as part of the prestigious Prague Strings of Autumn Festival. The settings will be performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, tenor John Potter, and Gavin Friday as the speaker. Gavin Friday will also perform his own setting of Sonnet 40, which formed part of the original programme.

Full programme:

It Never Rains (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

The North Shore (solo viola plus ensemble)

Gavin Friday: Sonnet 40 (Gavin Friday, plus ensemble)

The Flower of Friendship (viola, cello electric guiitar, double bass)

interval

Nothing like the Son (Eight sonnet settings)

Performers: Sarah Dacey, soprano; John Potter, tenor; Gavin Friday, speaker;

Morgan Goff viola; Kate Wilkinson, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Roger Heaton, clarinet and bass clarinet; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars;

Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Chris Bradley, percussion (including cimbalom)

 

 

 



Special small ensemble versions
1 July 2017 | 7:30 PM Goldmark Gallery, 14 Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9SQ
Note : Small Ensemble Titanic/Jesus' Blood

Small Ensemble Titanic/Jesus' Blood

For a performance at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, Gavin is making special versions of The Sinking of the Titanic (lasting 30') and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (25'). They will be performed one after the other without a break. The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with tenor John Potter, performed in Mike Goldmark's very beautiful and intimate gallery a few years ago and Gavin has now created chamber versions of his two earliest, and perhaps best-known, pieces specially for this occasion.

Performers:

Morgan Goff, viola; James Woodrow, elctric guitar; Nick Cooper, cello; Audrey Rily, cello; Ziella Bryas, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

 



Performance in Goole
5 May 2017 | Junction, Paradise Place, Goole DN14 5DL
Note : Gavin Bryars in Goole

Gavin Bryars in Goole

Gavin Bryars performs with his ensemble for the first time in his home town Goole, following the success of his railway collaboration with Blake Morrison The Stopping Train, which took place on the Goole to Hull railway journey...

Junction, Goole May 5 2017

Lauda Dolçe I (2008) solo cello, electric guitar, double bass 6'

Lauda 13 "Stomme Allegro" (2003) soprano, tenor, ensemble 4'

Lauda 19 "Omne Homo" (2003) soprano, tenor, electric guitar, bass 3'

Lauda 42 "Salutiam devotamente" (2012) soprano, tenor, ensemble 6'

Lauda 45 "Sia laudato san Francesco" (2017) new work soprano, tenor, ensemble 6'

The Flower of Friendship (2009) electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass 13'

Lauda 28 "Amor dolce senza pare" (2006) soprano, tenor, ensemble 6'

(45')

interval

The Morrison Songbook (2010) soprano, tenor, viola, cello, bass, guitar c. 18''

It Never Rains (2010) - electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 6'

Jesus' Blood Never failed Me Yet (1971) c.25'

(49')

(+ Epilogue from Wonderlawn 5')

Peyee Chen, Soprano; Chris O'Gorman, Tenor; Morgan Goff viola; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass

 

 

 

 



Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
26 March 2017 | The Mill and Mine, 225 Depot Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Note : Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, plus members of the Knoxville Orchestra, performs a 30 minute version of one of Gavin's classic works



The Sinking of the Titanic
26 March 2017 | Tennessee Theatre, 604 Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Note : The Sinking of the Titanic

The Sinking of the Titanic

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with Philip Jeck and five local musicians, performs one of his major iconic early works, with film and projections by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder. This is the 70 minute version created for the 2012 Titanic Centenary tour (live recording on BCGBCD21) with turntablist Philip Jeck.

 



GB Ensemble in USA
25 March 2017 | St John Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Note : First ever GB Ensemble in USA!!!

First ever GB Ensemble in USA!!!

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble will give an ensemble concert, featuring one of its acoustic formats - 2 singers (Peyee Chen, soprano; Chris O'Gorman, tenor) and five instruments (Nick Barr and Morgan Goff, violas; Nick Cooper, cello; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars; Gavin Bryars, bass).

Curiously enough, this will be the first time since its inception many years ago that the Gavin Bryars Ensemble has performed in USA, thanks to the festival's director Ashley Capp. This information was sufficient to cause Rolling Stone Magazine to feature the news on its front page on October 5 2016...

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/big-ears-expands-to-four-days-announces-64-performances-w443384?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

Gavin Bryars Ensemble Concert, March 25 2017

Lauda con sordino (2009) solo viola, electric guitar, piano 12'

Lauda 4 "Oi me lasso" (2002) soprano and tenor 4'

Lauda 13 "Stomme Allegro" (2003) soprano, tenor, ensemble 4'

Lauda 19 "Omne Homo" (2003) soprano, tenor, electric guitar, bass 3'

Lauda 42 "Salutiam devotamente" (2012) soprano, tenor, ensemble 5'

It Never Rains (2010) electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 6'

Lauda 45 "Sia laudato san Francesco" (2017) new work soprano, tenor, ensemble 6'

The Flower of Friendship (2009) electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass 12'

(total 52')

- Interval -

Dancing with Pannonica (2014) - electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 3'

From the Irish Madrigals (2004) soprano, tenor, 2 violas, cello, bass, acoustic guitar c. 36'

Lauda 28 "Amor dolce senza pare" (2006) soprano, electric guitar, tenor, viola, cello, bass 6'

(Total 45')

 

Note: These are the Irish Madrigals (total 9 madrigals) Petrarch, translated by John Millington Synge

8.1. He asks his heart to raise itself up to God

8.2 He wishes he might die and follow Laura (tenor solo)

8.3 He considers that he should set little store on earthly beauty

9.3 He recalls his visions of her

8.5 He is jealous of the Heavens and the Earth

8.6 He understands the great cruelty of death (tenor solo)

9.8 He sends his rhymes to the tomb of Laura to pray her to call him to her (tenor solo)

8.7 Petrarch is unable to contain his grief

8.8 Laura waits for him in Heaven

Peyee Chen, Soprano; Chris O'Gorman, Tenor; Nick Barr and Morgan Goff violas; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass, piano

 

 

 

Performance 1

Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Date: Saturday, March 25

Time: 6:00pm - 7:45pm

Venue: Bijou Theatre

 

Performance 2

Sinking of the Titanic

Date: Sunday, March 26

Time: 6:45pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Tennessee Theatre

 

 



The Crossing, choral concert
24 March 2017 | Church Street United Methodist Church, Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Note : The Crossing (with Prism)

The Crossing (with Prism)

The Crossing will also perform a programme featuring the music from the new ECM album The Fifth Century. The main work is The Fifth Century, text by Thomas Traherne, for choir and saxophone quartet as well as Two Love Songs, settings of Petrarch, for female choir.