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.



Live performance
27 February 2019 - 28 February 2019 | Cafe Oto, London
Note : Cafe Oto

Cafe Oto

I (February 27 2019) 

It Never Rains 6'

Dancing with Pannonica 4' 

Added Time 6' 

The South Downs14'

The Flower of Friendship 12'

- Interval -

Catalogue(1965) 10'

The Squirrel and the Ricketty Racketty Bridge(1971) c.10'

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet12'

Epilogue from Wonderlawn (solo viola - Katie; cellos, guitar, bass) 7'

Katie Wilkinson, viola; James Woodrow, electric guitars; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass, piano, guitars (+Ziella, Orlanda cellos Jesus' Bloodand Wonderlawn)

II (February 28 2019)

Sub Rosa 6' 

(Waits arr. Bryars) The Briar and the Rose 6' (GB solo bass; Orlanda - voice)

After the Requiem 12' (solo guitar - James)

Ramble on Cortona 12' (solo piano - Mashka)

By The Vaar 20' (solo bass - GB)

- Interval -

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

Epilogue from Wonderlawn (solo viola - Katie) 7'

 Nick Barr, Katie Wilkinson violas; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Nick Cooper, cello; Ziella Bryars, cello; Orlanda Bryars, voice/cello; Yuri Bryars, bass; Gavin Bryars, bass; Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, piano

 

 



Ballet with David Dawson
9 February 2019 | Dutch National Ballet, Waterlooplein, Amsterdam
Note : Requiem

Requiem

Gavin Bryars is working with choreographer David Dawson on a large scale ballet for the Dutch National Ballet  called Requiem, which will involve full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. David made his ballet Reverence when he was resident choreographer in Dresden using Gavin's Third String Quartet, subsequently rearranged for string orchestra. Gavin and David later made a new work together for the Flanders Ballet in Antwerp - Third Lght - for which the  music was a kind of violin concerto using a solo violin and string orchestra with no other violins - just violas downwards.



Dance performance, CNDC Angers
23 January 2019 | La Roche, 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; Katie Wilkinson, 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
19 January 2019 - 21 January 2019 | Nantes, 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; Katie Wilkinson, 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
10 January 2019 | Laval, 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; Katie Wilkinson, 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.



Premiere of new choral work for The Crossing
14 December 2018 - 16 December 2018 | Philadelphia: Holy Trinity (14) and Chestnut Hill Presbyterian (16)
Note : The Crossing: A Native Hill

The Crossing: A Native Hill

Following from the huge success of The Fifth Century, written for The Crossing and Prism Saxophone Quartet, which won a Grammy for Best Choral performance in Jan uary 2018, Gavin has written a nsubstantial new a capella, work that builds on the considerable experience that he has of working with the choir, and the many close personal friendships within it. For this he has set text from the American writer Wendell Berry's early essay A Native Hill (1968). Berry, now in his eighties, has written a great deal - poetry, essays, novels - from the perspective of his life as a farmer in rural Kentucky, where he has lived and worked for over 50 years. He is one of the world's finest writers, and perhaps because of his apparent isolation has been called a "modern-day Thoreau" and certainly his work is as politically charged as that of his 19th century predecessor. Gavin decided to set prose texts rather than the poetry, although, like Thomas Traherne who was the writer used for The Fifth Century, this "prose" has great poetic beauty.

It is dedicated to "The Crossing, and my friends within."

Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, The Crossing's "Friday night, 2 weeks before Christmas" concert December 14 at 8pm.  Sunday December 16 at 5pm at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, The Crossing's "Home Church."