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...


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


Vocal ensemble performance
8 March 2017 | Prinzregententheater, Munich
Note : Singer Pur

Singer Pur

Singer Pur will give a special concert at the Prinzregententheater Munich for their 25th anniversary. This will include a new piece written for them, as a gift, by Gavin: Words for Music. This sets two poems by W B Yeats from his collection Words and Music, Perhaps (1932) or the six voices of Singer Pur plus Gavin on double bass. The poems are "Mad as the Mist and Snow" and Those Dancing Days are Gone." The texts are copied here. Singer Pur performed pieces with bass when they were with Gavin at Villa I Tatti for the concert following the release of the Vilaa I Tatti Madrugals CD (BCGBCD26) in April 2016.

Words for Music

"Mad as the Mist and Snow"


Bolt and bar the shutter,

For the foul winds blow;

Our minds are at their best this night,

And I seem to know

That everything outside us is

Mad as the mist and snow.


Horace there by Homer stands,

Plato stands below,

And here is Tully's open page.

How many years ago

Were you and I unlettered lads

Mad as the mist and snow.


You ask what makes me sigh, old friend,

What makes me shudder so?

I shudder and I sigh to think

That even Cicero

And many-minded Homer were

Mad as the mist and snow.

(12 February 1929)


"Those Dancing Days are Gone"


Come, let me sing into your ear,

Those dancing days are gone,

All that silk and satin gear;

Crouch upon a stone,

Wrapping that foul body up

In as foul a rag:

I carry the sun in a golden cup,

The moon in a silver bag.


Curse as you may I sing it through,

What matter if the knave

That the most could pleasure you,

The children that he gave,

Are somewhere sleeping like a top

Under a marble flag?

I carry the sun in a golden cup,

The moon in a silver bag.


I thought it out this very day,

Noon upon the clock,

A man may put pretence away

Who leans upon a stick,

May sing, and sing until he drop,

Whether to maid or hag:

I carry the sun in a golden cup,

The moon in a silver bag.

(8 March 1029)

From W B Yeats: Words for Music, Perhaps (1932)

poems XVIII and XIX





GB Ensemble performance
22 January 2017 | 6:30 PM Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Note : Cafe Oto Concert

Cafe Oto Concert

This will be one of my very few UK performances and has been organised by my daughter Ziella to feature some of the music that my ensemble played at the time my children first started to perform with me in the mid-1990s. The programme is as follows

Part I

The South Downs

Duration: 15'
 Instrumentation: Cello and piano

The North Shore

Duration: 15'
 Instrumentation: Solo viola, piano, electric guitar, cello, bass

The Island Chapel

Duration: 17'
 Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, cello and Korg M1

~ Interval ~

Part II

Oi Me Lasso

Duration: 5'
 Instrumentation: Soprano, viola, cello, electric guitar and double bass

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Duration c. 25' Instrumentation Viola, 3 cellos, 2 basses, electric guitar

Epilogue from Wonderlawn

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Solo viola, electric guitar, 3 cellos and double bass

Performers :

Orlanda Bryars, voice and cello; Nick Barr, viola; Sophie Harris, cello; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Ziella Bryars, cello; Yuri Bryars, double bass; Gavin Bryars, double bass, piano, keyboard

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Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
13 January 2017 | BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
Note : Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs Jesus' Blood, conducted by Clark Rundell. This will be the final work in a concert featuring works by living British composers. The rest of the programme contains David Sawer: The Greatest Happiness Principle; Howard Skempton: Lento; Michael Nyman Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings; Charlie Barber: Shut Up and Dance.

Gavin Bryars will attend and will give a pre-concert talk

Gavin Bryars own performance of Skempton's Lento with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is on GB Records GBCD25 "Adelaide Town Hall"


part of "See You Later"
17 November 2016 - 20 November 2016 | Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA
Note : The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

This piece was commisisoned by Third Coast Percussion and forms part of a theatre event called "See You Later" directed by Cathie Boyd (Theatre Cryptic) at Montclair University.

Last night of Tallinn International Piano Festival
12 November 2016 | Estonia Symphony Hall, Tallinn Estonia
Note : Estonian Piano Orchestra

Estonian Piano Orchestra

The Estonian Piano orchestra consists of an ensemble of 4 pianos 16 hands (i.e. 8 players - 4 sets of opiano duets...). There are two new pieces of mine that will be played at the final concert: Grainger's Woggle and Zaleski's Perfumed Garden