Ensemble piece for Opera North
8 July 2017 | 3 PM Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Note : Winestead

Winestead

A performance of just this one piece, premiered earlier in the church of St Germain, Winestead, East Yorkshire. See entry for June 22 for details.

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, harmonium

 

 

 

 



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

 



Ensemble performance
30 June 2017 | Albermarle Music Centre, Hull
Note : Winestead

Winestead

A performance of just this one piece, premiered earlier in the church of St Germain, Winestead, East Yorkshire. See entry for June 22 for details.

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, harmonium

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Ensemble piece for Opera North
22 June 2017 | 7 PM Church of St Germain, Winestead, Holderness, East Yorkshire (by invitation only)
Note : Winestead

Winestead

Winestead is a tiny village in East Yorkshire, in the area East of Hull called Holderness. It's a part of the world that I have known and loved for most of my life. People often think that East Yorkshire ends at Hull, but there are almost 30 more miles to the sea, culminating in the extraordinary Spurn Point at the mouth of the Humber. The poet Andrew Marvell was born in Winestead - his father was vicar of St Germain and Marvell saw his father drown when crossing the Humber. The works of Andrew Marvell form the work's libretto. For the piece, which will be premiered in the church itself - I use its small but quite beautiful organ within the instrumentation.

It was commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017 by Opera North Projects, which gave me the chance to work again with my friend Dominic Gray with whom I have had many productive collaborations - Nothing like the Sun, Mercy and Grand, Overworlds and Underworlds (with the Quay Brothers), the bells of Leeds Parish Church as well as various concerts and other events.

In Winestead church, we will give a short programme in which the work is played twice, with other pieces in between. Later it will be played alongside other Hull City of Culture Commissions: on June 30 at the Albemarle Centre, Hull ahd July 8 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. For these two later performances the Winestead organ will be replaced by a harmonium from my good friends, the greatest harmonium specialists, Phil and Pam Fluke.

Church of St German Winestead June 22 2017 7 PM

Winestead (2017) (tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello) c. 20'
It Never Rains (2014) - (viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) c. 5'
Lauda 4 Oi me lasso (2002) - (tenor, viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) 4'
The Flower of Friendship (2009) - (viola, electric guitar, cello, bass) c.12'
Winestead (2017) (tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello) c. 20'

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, organ and 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 46 "Peccatrice nominata" (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

 

Dancing with Pannonica (2013) electric guitar, viola, cello, bass 4'

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

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.

 

 



Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)
15 March 2017 | 7:30 PM Royal Festival Hall, London (6:15 Pre-concert talk by Gavin)
Note : Titanic/Jesus' Blood

Titanic/Jesus' Blood

In the first half of a concert entitled Power and Provocation, members of the LPO perform versions of The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. The second half consists of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.

At 6:15 Gavin gives a pre-concert talk, entitled Belief and Beyond Belief