GB Ensemble performing Beckett Songbook
22 March 2016 | Chapelle de la Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris
Note : Beckett Concert

Beckett Concert

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble will perform the complete Beckett Songbook as part of a Parisian Beckett festival organised by Sean Doran, who directs the Happy Days Festival in Enniskilen, where we performed parts of the work in 2012 and 2014. This time we will give a full evening programme in the small chapel of the irish Cultural Centre, culminating in the Beckett Songbook. The version of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet that we play here is a special twenty minute one, in which the two singers for the Beckett Songbook play cellos within the ensemble - as they did once in Enniskillen...

Part One

It Never Rains

The Flower of Friendship

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Part Two

Dancing with Pannonica (premiere)

Beckett Songbook


Orlanda Bryars (soprano, cello); James Cave (counter tenor, cello); Morgan Goff (viola); James Woodrow (electric guitar); Nick Cooper (cello); Gavin Bryars (double bass)





Performance in Tallinn
18 March 2016 | Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
Note : Tallinn Concert

Tallinn Concert

This will be only the second performance of the Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal) since the premiere in Amsterdam in February 2010 by Ralph van Raat, for whom it was written, (and subsequently recorded on Naxos). As there is a substantial part for Men's Chorus I'm delighted that it allows me to work once again with the extraordinary Estonian National Men's Choir (RAM). I have done a number of performances with them, and they recorded my double bass concerto (which has a chorus of low bass voices) as well as a group of my settings of Edwin Morgan's sonnets. I also did a special version of Cadman Requiem for the choir.

The programme consists of Helena Tulve "Thaw" for orchestra; a new work by Giovanni Bonato for orchestra, male choir and soloist and Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal) conducted by Mikk Üleoja, soloist Mihkel Poll . 


Tallinn 2007 (with Yuri and Mashka)

featured festival composer
14 March 2016 - 15 March 2016 | St Martins in the Bullring and Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham
Note : Frontiers Festival

Frontiers Festival

There will be a number of pieces performed over a two day period as part of Birmingham Conservatoire's Frontiers Festival:

Monday March 14 7:30 PM, St Martins in the Bullring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham

Programme includes:

A Family Likeness
Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets
A Time and a Place
The Black River
A selection of Laude Cortonese

Monday March 14 10 PM Birmingham Conservatoire

Gavin will play bass in a "free" set with Hans Koller (piano) and Percy Pursglove (trumpet)

Tuesday March 15 1:05 PM Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Consertoire

Fumiko Miyachi and Kate Halsall 

Gavin Bryars My First Homage


In additon there will be various talks - to eb scheduled shortly

Annual Festival in San Francisco
4 March 2016 - 6 March 2016 | San Francisco Jazz Centre
Note : Other Minds

Other Minds

The Other Minds Festival was created by Charles Amirkhamian and has taken place in San Francisco each year since 1993 - this will be the 21st. Other Minds brings together a range of different composers and performers who spend a few days prior to the public events engaged in private conversations and encounters at the extraordinarily beautiful Djerrassi Ranch, a 600 acre property in the Santa Cruz mountains, which also hosts a Djerrassi Resident Artists Programme. Later in the week, the whole entourage moves to San Francisco where there are performances of their works. When I was there in 2001, for the 7th Other Minds, we performed the Adnan Songbook (and Etel has a home in Sausalito across the bay). Other poeple in that year included James Tenney, Alvin Curran and jazz pianist/composer Andrew Hill.

This time there will be, among others, Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon, and Nordic Voices will perform the following madrigals:

Book Two no. 8: I'vidi in terra

Book Two no. 4: Poi che voi

Book Two no. 10: Una candida cerva

Book Two no. 14: Morte à spento

Book Four no. 3: Chi è fermato di menar sua vita (World Premiere)

This last one is a new setting of a Petrarch sestina, dedicated to Charles' centenarian father, which becomes the third madrigal in Book Four (these all set the 39-line sestina form rather than the 14-line sonnet that is used in Book Two).


Etel Adnan and Gavin Bryars, Other Minds 2001


Visit to Royal Academy of Music
24 February 2016 | 2 PM David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Rd London NW1 5HT
Note : Interview/Talk at Royal Academy of Music 2PM February 24

Interview/Talk at Royal Academy of Music 2PM February 24

Gavin Bryars by Paul Morley will be interviewed as part of a public series of events preceding the Royal Academy's performance of The Sinking of the Titanic on March 1st.

He will also talk to composiiton students separately, in a closed session, from 4PM

Concert by The Crossing
23 January 2016 | St Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Note : The Crossing

The Crossing

New York Premiere of The Fifth Century performed by The Crossing with Prism saxophone quartet, conducted by Donald Nally. This was first performed in Philadelphia in July 2014 and recorded there, along with Two Love Songs for female choir, for release on ECM Records. The Crossing is, to my mind, the finest choir in North America.


Gavin Bryars: Two Love Songs

Tonu Korvits: Hymns from the Western Coast

- interval -

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

Rehearsal, Philadelphia July 2014

Performance with choreography, Helsinki
26 November 2015 - 27 November 2015 | Musiikkitalo (Music house) , Helsinki, Finland
Note : The Sinking of the Titanic

The Sinking of the Titanic

Gavin Bryars, Philip Jeck and sound engineer Bob Burnell will work with musicians from the Finnish NYYD Ensemble for a performance of The Sinking of the Titanic, based on the structure of the 2012 live ensemble version. This live music will accompany a dance performance choreographed by Liisa Penti. 

Addison Singers and GB Ensemble
24 October 2015 | Kings Place, York Way, London N1
Note : Programme


As part of a series of concerts related to "minimalism" in its various forms, Gavin will work again with the Addison Singers to perform Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (viewed by some as a "classic" of minimalism...) as well as Cadman Requiem in a special version for choir and ensemble. The programme will also include a new lauda (Lauda 44) written specially for the Addison Singers as well as instrumental pieces by the ensemble.


Gavin Bryars' collaborations with poet Etel Adnan
1 October 2015 | Whitechapel Art Gallery, Aldgate East, London
Note : Gavin Bryars and Etel Adnan

Gavin Bryars and Etel Adnan

Whitechapel Gallery October 1st 2015


Gavin Bryars: It Never Rains (2010) for viola, cello, electric guitar, double bass

Gavin Bryars: The Island Chapel (1995) for voice and ensemble

Etel Adnan: Five Senses for One Death Etel Adnan, reader; Gavin Bryars, keyboard

Gavin Bryars: The Flower of Friendship (2009) for viola, cello, electric guitar, bass

Gavin Bryars: The Adnan Songbook (1996) for soprano and ensemble



Anna Maria Friman, soprano;

Roger Heaton, bass clarinet/clarinet

James Woodrow, electric guitar/classical guitar

Nick Barr, viola

Morgan Goff, viola

Nick Cooper, cello

Gavin Bryars, double bass

- and Etel Adnan, reader





Tre Laude and Lauda con sordino
19 September 2015 | Lyddington Church, Lyddington, Rutland 7:30 PM
Note : Music in Lyddington

Music in Lyddington

Audrey Riley and James Woodrow will perform the Tre Laude Dolçe as part of the Lyddington concert series. They will also perform Lauda con sordino with pianist Andrew Zolinsky - who will also play solo works by Bach and Liszt.

Audrey has recently released the Tre Laude Dolçe on her own label on both CD and vinyl, as well as mp3 download.

Gavin Bryars will give a pre-concert talk in the church at 7 PM.