A Man in a Room, Gambling at Café Oto

Brief Description: 
GB Ensemble London concerts
Date: 
19 Jan 2018 - 2 Feb 2018
Location: 
Café Oto, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL,

A Man in a Room, Gambling at Café Oto

Following our successful performance at Café Oto in January this year, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble is going to give a series of three concerts on consecutive Fridays in the New Year. These concerts will feature Gavin's 1992 collaboration with his friend, the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz in which Juan's recorded voice describes different ways of manipulating playing cards - in effect cheating - accompanied by Gavin's music. There are ten pieces altogether and seven are performed each evening - over the three evenings all ten will be performed in the second half of the concert. Some pieces are included each evening, others appear more selectively. All the pieces, accompanied by the Balanescu Quartet, are recorded on GB Records (BCGBCD04).

The first half of each concert shows different facets of the ensemble's work, with each player being featured at some point as a soloist. The final night includes our chamber version of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet in the first half.

Each evening ends with a signature closing work Epilogue from Wonderlawn.

Cafe Oto 2018: Series - A Man in a Room, Gambling

I (January 19 2018)

Lauda con sordino (solo cello - Audrey; electric guitar, piano) 12'

Ramble on Cortona (solo piano - Gavin; viola, cello, electric guitar) 12'

The North Shore (solo viola - Nick Barr; piano, electric guitar, cello, bass (cello 2) 12'

With Miriam by the River (solo cello - Nick Cooper; piano, electric guitar) 5'

- interval -

A Man in a Room, Gambling (7 pieces) 35'

1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10

Epilogue from Wonderlawn 6' (solo viola - Nick Barr, cellos, guitar, bass)

Personnel: Nick Barr, violin/viola; Nick Cooper, cello); James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Ziella Bryars, cello; Orlanda Bryars, cello; Gavin Bryars, bass and piano

II (January 26 2018)

Lauda Dolçe I (solo cello - Audrey; electric guitar, bass) 6'

Dancing with Pannonica (viola, cello, electric guitar, bass) 4'

Lauda Dolçe II (solo cello - Audrey; electric guitar, bass) 6'

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

Lauda Dolçe III (solo cello - Audrey; electric guitar, bass) 6'

- interval -

A Man in a Room, Gambling (7 pieces) 35'

2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

Epilogue from Wonderlawn 6' (solo viola - Morgan Goff; viola, cellos, guitar, bass)

Personnel: Morgan Goff, violin/viola; Katie Wilkinson, viola; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Ziella Bryars, cello; Orlanda Bryars, cello; Gavin Bryars, bass and piano

III (February 2 2018)

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

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet - full ensemble 25'

- interval -

A Man in a Room, Gambling (7 pieces) 35'

3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10

Epilogue from Wonderlawn 6' (solo viola - Morgan; cellos, guitar, bass)

Personnel: Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Ziella Bryars, cello; Gavin Bryars, bass and piano; Orlanda Bryars, cello; Yuri Bryars, bass

 

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