Performance with Wesley Stace
15 June 2018 | Junction, Paradise Place, Goole DN14 5DL
Note : INTRODUCTION/PROGRAMME NOTES by Wesley Stace

INTRODUCTION/PROGRAMME NOTES by Wesley Stace


Peg Fyfe was the Queen of a robber band, her name a menace throughout East Yorkshire in the 17th Century. She earned the nickname "Cruel Peg” in the following way.
In Holderness, not far from Spurn Point, a small farmer cultivated a few acres of land. One day, she ordered the farmer’s boy to leave the stable door open the next night so she could steal the horses. She’d skin him alive if he told his master. The boy came up with a possible loophole: he’d tell the horses, rather than the farmer, but make sure the farmer was within earshot. The next night, the farmer was able to successfully ambush the thieves, severely wounding one, though the gang escaped.
For a long time, the boy lived in constant dread of reprisal, but weeks, months, years wore on, and nothing happened. One night, however, he was seized, stripped, and bound. His captors took out their knives and as their fiendish leader looked on and taunted him, proceeded to flay the boy alive. After their horrid work was done, the boy somehow found his way home, where he died on arrival.
For this, Peg was sentenced to hanging, though she reputedly placed a spoon down her own throat to prevent the rope choking her. Soldiers on their way to York were called in to assist. They hanged her with a rope made of willow reeds before driving their swords into her.
In 1945, Oliver Onions published a novel The Story of Ragged Robyn, inspired by these events.
Peg's possessions were supposedly exhibited in the Hull Municipal Museum, destroyed during an air raid on the 24th June, 1943.
She is still said to haunt Skelfrey Wood. She may or may not; but she certainly haunts Goodmanham where All Hallows Brewery currently makes a traditional dark mild beer named for her. 
Performers: Wesley Stace, Gavin Bryars, Molly Townson (Wesley's mother)
Note: Gavin and Molly were at Kingsway Primary School together and both went to Goole Grammar School in 1954. Molly's father died during her first year there and the family moved away. This will be the first time that Gavin and Molly have seen each other since that time...
Molly Townson, age 10, May Queen at Kingsway Primary School, Goole


Discussion/conference
7 June 2018 | Freud Museum, London
Note : Note from Camille Germanos

Note from Camille Germanos

We have known since Freud that artists instruct us about the discontent of civilisation, the state of social bond, and even the ways in which subjectivity is altered by its epoch. We envisage an "in conversation" event to take place on June 7 2018

The event would be organised by the Foundation for Art and Psychoanalysis, a charity based in London. 

 

 



Chamber Opera
25 May 2018 | Opera Daggen, Rotterdam
Note : The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

The Dutch premiere of Gavin's new chamber opera. Gavin will attend and participate in a pre-performance talk.



Father John Misty, with band, and BBC Ulster Orchestra
25 May 2018 | Titanic Slipway, Belfast 1 to 1:30 PM
Note : Father John MIsty

Father John MIsty

After writing two arrangements for  Father John Misty's 2017 album Pure Comedy, Gavin will work again with him for a live performance in Belfast as part of the BBC's Biggest Weekend. For this Father John Misty's band will play with BBC Ulster Orchestra, this time performing six songs arrnged and directed by Gavin. 



Gavin Bryars' Italian Ensemble
19 May 2018 | 21:30 Angelica Festival, Teatro San Leonardo, Bologna
Note : Bologna: Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble and Ensemble Korymbos

Bologna: Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble and Ensemble Korymbos

Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso, pianoforte, chitarra elettrica

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra elettrica

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Maurizio Redegoso Kharitian, viola

 

Ensemble Korymbos:

Soprani: Elena Bassi, Alida Oliva, Silvia Testoni

Contralti: Alessandra Fiori, Frida Forlani

Direzione: Alessandra Fiori

 

Concerto a cura di Sergio Sorrentino

In coproduzione con la Società del Quartetto di Vercelli

 

Programma

Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble

Strings, Guitars and Voices

Prima Parte

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Burroughs II (2014) per chitarra elettrica e base pre-registrata

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Catalogue (1965) per chitarra elettrica e pianoforte

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra

Gavin Bryars, pianoforte

- Gavin Bryars (1943) The Squirrel and the Ricketty-racketty Bridge (1971)

Versione per quattro chitarre elettriche e due performer

Gavin Bryars e Sergio Sorrentino, chitarre

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Lauda con Sordino (2009) per violoncello, chitarra elettrica e pianoforte

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra 

Gavin Bryars, pianoforte

- Gavin Bryars (1943), Lauda 20, Vergene donzella, Laude Cortonese, vol. 2 (2002-2007) per soprani e contralti

- Gavin Bryars, Lauda 18, Cristo è nato et humanato, Laude Cortonese, vol. 1 (2002-2004) per soprani e contralti

soprani: Elena Bassi, Alida Oliva, Silvia Testoni

contralti: Alessandra Fiori, Frida Forlani

direzione: Alessandra Fiori

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Lauda Dolçe II (2007) per violoncello solo e accompagnamento di chitarra elettrica e contrabbasso

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra 

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso

Seconda Parte

Gavin Bryars (1943)

- Francesco Petrarca, Io amai sempre, da Two Love Songs (2010) per soprani e contralti

- Francesco Petrarca, Solo et pensoso, da Two Love Songs (2010) per soprani e contralti

soprani: Elena Bassi, Alida Oliva, Silvia Testoni

contralti: Alessandra Fiori, Frida Forlani

direzione: Alessandra Fiori

Gavin Bryars (1943)

- Dancing with Pannonica (2016) Per chitarra elettrica, viola, violoncello e contrabbasso

- It Never Rains (2010) Per chitarra elettrica, viola, violoncello e contrabbasso

- The Flower of Friendship (2009) Per chitarra elettrica, viola, violoncello e contrabbasso

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra elettrica

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Maurizio Redegoso Kharitian, viola

 

 

 



Gavin Bryars' Italian Ensemble
18 May 2018 | Museo Francesco Borgogna, Via Antonio Borgogna 4-6, 13100 Vercelli, Italy
Note : Vercelli: Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble

Vercelli: Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble

This is the first of two concerts organised by Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino 

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso, pianoforte, chitarra elettrica

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra elettrica

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Maurizio Redegoso Kharitian, viola

 

Prologo

- Nicola Sani (1961) Le Corde di un Tempo (1995) per chitarra elettrica e base pre-registrata

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra

Prima Parte

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Burroughs II (2014) per chitarra elettrica e base pre-registrata

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Catalogue (1965) per chitarra elettrica e pianoforte

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra

Gavin Bryars, pianoforte

- Gavin Bryars (1943) The Squirrel and the Ricketty-racketty Bridge (1971)

Versione per quattro chitarre elettriche e due performer

Gavin Bryars e Sergio Sorrentino, chitarre

- Gavin Bryars (1943) Lauda con Sordino (2009) per violoncello, chitarra elettrica e pianoforte

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra 

Gavin Bryars, pianoforte

- Gavin Bryars (1943)  Lauda Dolçe II (2007) per violoncello solo e accompagnamento di chitarra elettrica e contrabbasso

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra 

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso

 

Seconda Parte

Gavin Bryars (1943)

Dancing with Pannonica (2016)

It Never Rains (2010)

The Flower of Friendship (2009) 

Per chitarra elettrica, viola, violoncello e contrabbasso

Gavin Bryars, contrabbasso

Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra elettrica

Lamberto Curtoni, violoncello

Maurizio Redegoso Kharitian, viola

 

 



GB Residency
24 April 2018 - 5 May 2018 | Fuse Arts Camp, France
Note : Fuse Art Camp

Fuse Art Camp

In April 2018, Gavin will lead a five-day masterclass in composition at CAMP, a residential arts facility in the high French Pyrenees.

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 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.

For more information, see www.campfr.com/gavinbryars

 

 



Performance of Saxophone Concerto
19 April 2018 | The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Note : The Green Ray

The Green Ray

A rare performance of The Green Ray, the sax concerto written for John Harle in 1990) performed by rising star Jess Gillam, with the Bath Philharmonia conducted by Jason Thornton.

Gavin will be there...



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

Marilyn Forever

The Vienna Volksoper is to give the Austrian premiere - 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 with the Texan soprano Rebecca Nelsen as Marilyn and Morten Frank Larsen as the Rehearsal Director/Other Men.

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

 

 



Ballet with Edouard Lock
31 March 2018 | Opera Gent, Schouwburgstraat 3, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Note : The Heart of August

The Heart of August

The original idea for this ballet was to follow on from part one, which was given by the Ballet Vlaanderen in Gent and Anterp in October 2017, to make a full evenign work. In the event, the second part that Edouard and I are adding will be, at this stage, a free-standing shorter work using the same musical source material - reworkings of Johann Strauss and Gluck. As with the first part the music is performed by the excellent Hermes Ensemble: Romek Maniewski and Jerémie Ninove, cellos; Elias Bartholomeus, double bass; Stijn Bettens, accordion; Geert Callaert, piano and music director.