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Choral work for The Crossing
13 October 2019 | Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Note : A Native Hiill

A Native Hiill

The first complete performance of A Native Hill, setting texts by Wendell Berry:  five of the twelve movements were performed in Philadelphia in December 2018. This continues the long-standing association and collaboration between Gavin and The Crossing, one of America's finest choirs.

The performance is at 5PM, with a pre-concert talk by Gavin and Donald Nally at 4PM

 



UK Premiere of Gavin Bryars' 5th opera
22 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 | Jacqueline du Pré building, St Hilda's College Oxford OX1 1DY
Note : Marilyn Forever

Marilyn Forever

The Uk premiere of Marilyn Forever will be given by the Oxford Contemporary Opera Society, directed by Zerlina Vulliamy in May 2019. This is a brand new production  of a work that has had highly successful performances in Victoria BC, Adelaide, Long Beach California and the Volksoper Vienna.

The premiere on May 22nd will have a preconcert talk by Gavin and librettist Marilyn Bowering.

The photograph is from the first performance in Victoria BC, with Eivør Palsdottir as Marilyn, and Gavin Bryars as bassist in the on-stage jazz trio.



Educational Music Project
14 May 2019 - 19 May 2019 | Aulus-les Bains, France
Note : Fuse Art Camp

Fuse Art Camp

Following his very successful time at CAMP In April 2018, Gavin will return tio Aulus-les-Bains in May 2019 to lead a five-day masterclass in composition at CAMP, a residential arts facility in the high French Pyrenees.

As last year, this course will take Gavin's work as a starting point to examine compositional forms and strategies, working closely with the group's existing practice and methods, with the aim of each student developing a finished work for performance at the end of the session. Students may bring along a work in  progress on which they woudl like to work, or may prefer to work alone or with others on somethign new - related perhps to this unique environment. Students from all musical backgrounds are welcome, whether classically trained, improvisors, sound artists, installation artists, conceptual artists or favouring any other approach. The session will include:

> Individual tuition sessions, examining and developing each student's existing work and practice
> Group sessions examining different types of musical material, including vocal music (both solo and ensemble), string music, opera, music for dance, composing in relation to music from the past, and arranging the music of others
> Evening events showing Gavin's work in opera and film
> Development of each student's work for final performance by the group at the end of the course

The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Gavin, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students. Following the course, further support of the work developed will come in the form of performance and releasing opportunities via Fuse Art Space and our range of in-house record labels.



Jazz-related works
28 April 2019 | Torino Jazz Festival, Italy
Note : Torino Jazz Festival

Torino Jazz Festival

A concert of jazz-related works by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble including After the Requiem (solo guitar, James Woodrow) and By the Vaar, written for Charlie Haden and performed here in a special new arrangement for the ensemble (Gavin, solo bass). Dancing with Pannonica (solo piano, Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova) is a homage to Thelonious Monk

Dancing with Pannonica

After the Requiem

Ramble on Cortona

By The Vaar

Jesus' Blood

Performers: Nick Barr, Katie Wilkinson, violas; Nick Cooper, cello; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Gavin Bryars, bass

(Photograph: James Woodrow and Gavin Bryars at TestBed, London)

 

 



12 hour performance of Jesus' Blood
12 April 2019 - 13 April 2019 | Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Note : All Night Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

All Night Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Gavin Bryars is working with the orchestra of Academy of St Martin in the Fields to develop an all night performance of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet in the Boiler Room at Tate Modern. It will be done in partnership with various homelessness organisations such as The Museum fo Homelssness and Streetwise Opera and will also include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and other groups.

This is in the planning stage at the moment but the date is a firm one.



Opera North Projects concert
4 April 2019 | University of Hull
Note : Nothing like the Sun

Nothing like the Sun

GB Ensemble, Opera North April 4 (University of Hull)

It Never Rains (2010) electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 5'

The North Shore (1994) Morgan Goff, solo viola + ensemble 12'

Gavin Friday: Sonnet 40 (2006) - Gavin Friday voice + ensemble 5'

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

interval 

Gavin Bryars: Nothing like the Sun (2006): Eight settings of Shakespeare sonnets (55')

Claron McFadden, Soprano; John Potter, Tenor; Gavin Friday, speaking voice; Morgan Goff, viola; Kate Wilkinson, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars; Roger Heaton, clarinet/bass clarinet; Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano; Christopher Bradley, percussion (including cimbalom)

 

 

 



Work for voices and percussion ensemble
1 April 2019 | Toulouse
Note : Mistral

Mistral

A new work for voices (Les Elements) and percussion  ensemble (Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon) setting a text in Occitan by the 19th century writer Fréderic Mistral: part of the speech he delivered at the opening of the Floral Games of Montpellier, Saint Estelle 1878, celibrating the "Felibrean Renaissance."



Dance performance, CNDC Angers
21 March 2019 | Dunkerque, France
Note : Biped

Biped

Biped is one of the most successful dance works created by Merce Cunningham, with music by Gavin Bryars and design by Paul Kaiser and Shelly Eshkar. After Merce's death in 2009 the company continued to tour the work, along with other works in the repertoire, until the end of 2011.

Biped was subsequently licensed to the Bavarian State Ballet, who gave many performances in Munich, as well as one in Rouen. For all these performances the music was played live, as are the new performances with Angers. Its artistic director is Robert Swinston, one of Cunningham's principle dancers for many years, and subsequently Merce's assistant. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Morgan Goff, viola.

The work is now licensed to the National Dance Company of Angers, France. As with all the licensed performances, the dance is directed by Robert Swinston, long time associate of Merce.

Biped will be performed along with Merce's work Beach Birds, with music by John Cage, played by the same musicians.



Dance performance, CNDC Angers
14 March 2019 | Arques, France
Note : Biped

Biped

Biped is one of the most successful dance works created by Merce Cunningham, with music by Gavin Bryars and design by Paul Kaiser and Shelly Eshkar. After Merce's death in 2009 the company continued to tour the work, along with other works in the repertoire, until the end of 2011.

Biped was subsequently licensed to the Bavarian State Ballet, who gave many performances in Munich, as well as one in Rouen. For all these performances the music was played live, as are the new performances with Angers. Its artistic director is Robert Swinston, one of Cunningham's principle dancers for many years, and subsequently Merce's assistant. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Morgan Goff, viola.

The work is now licensed to the National Dance Company of Angers, France. As with all the licensed performances, the dance is directed by Robert Swinston, long time associate of Merce.

Biped will be performed along with Merce's work Beach Birds, with music by John Cage, played by the same musicians.



Dance performance, CNDC Angers
12 March 2019 | Le Havre, France
Note : Biped

Biped

Biped is one of the most successful dance works created by Merce Cunningham, with music by Gavin Bryars and design by Paul Kaiser and Shelly Eshkar. After Merce's death in 2009 the company continued to tour the work, along with other works in the repertoire, until the end of 2011.

Biped was subsequently licensed to the Bavarian State Ballet, who gave many performances in Munich, as well as one in Rouen. For all these performances the music was played live, as are the new performances with Angers. Its artistic director is Robert Swinston, one of Cunningham's principle dancers for many years, and subsequently Merce's assistant. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Morgan Goff, viola.

The work is now licensed to the National Dance Company of Angers, France. As with all the licensed performances, the dance is directed by Robert Swinston, long time associate of Merce.

Biped will be performed along with Merce's work Beach Birds, with music by John Cage, played by the same musicians.