GB Ensemble performance, Germany
28 May 2016 | KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany
Note : The Sinking of the Titanic, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen

The Sinking of the Titanic, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen

As part of a late night event in the very beautiful gallery in the historic Herrenhausen Gardens, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, including his four children, will perform a 1 hour version of the Sinking of the Titanic. The event runs from 11:00PM until 4:00 AM and the piece is likely to be performed at around 12:30 or 1:00 AM. The Jack Quartet from USA will play from around 11 PM and there are other works afterwards. The ensemble consists of:

Nick Barr, Morgan Goff, violas; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, bass

James Woodrow, electric guitar; Roger Heaton, bass clarinet; Dave Smith, tenor horn/keyboard; Martin Allen, percussion

Alexandra-Maria Tchernakova, viola; Orlanda Bryars and Ziella Bryars, cellos; Yuri Bryars, bass

Bob Burnell, sound


GB Ensemble with Bavarian Staatsballett
20 May 2016 - 21 May 2016 | St Ursula Church Munich
Note : Lauda Ballet

Lauda Ballet

New performances of the ballet for the Bavarian Staats Ballett II - the young dancers - choreographed by Norbert Graf and Simone Sandroni to a sequence of vocal and instrumental laude performed live by members of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble: Orlanda Bryars (soprano), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Morgan Goff (viola), Audrey Riley (cello) and Gavin Bryars (double bass and piano). The piece starts with the first vocal lauda, Venite a laudare, being sung from the back of the church, unaccompanied, by the solo soprano who walks slowly to the performance area, along with dancers carrying candles. The dance, in two parts, follows.

It was first performed two years ago in St Michael's church in Munich, the largest Renaissance church North of the Alps, which has the tomb of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Wagner's patron.

By Norbert Graf:

Lauda 1 "Venite a Laudare" (solo voice + instrumental drones)

Lauda con sordino (piano, cello, electric guitar)

Lauda Dolçe I (solo cello + electric guitar, bass)

By Simone Sandroni:

Lauda Dolçe II (solo cello or viola  + electric guitar, bass)

Lauda 15 "O Maria Dei Cella (solo voice + instrumental drones)

Lauda 19 "Omne Homo" (solo voice, viola, cello, bass, electric guitar)

Lauda 13 "Stomme Allegro" (solo voice, electric guitar, viola, cello, bass)

Lauda 2 "Laude Novella" (solo voice + instrumental drones)

Lauda 12 "Ave Regina Beata"  (solo voice, electric guitar, viola, cello, bass)



Dance work with Yorke Dance Project
3 May 2016 | Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS
Note : Lauda Adriana

Lauda Adriana

Yorke Dance Project will perform a version of Lauda Adriana, choreographed by Stephen Pelton and first performed in Glasgow in June 2015, which has for its music a sequence of Laude. This will be slightly shorter version fo the original piece. The music is performed live by members of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.

The performers are Peyee Chen, soprano; John Potter, tenor; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, bass



Performance in Paris
28 April 2016 | Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris
Note : #1

Etel Adnan and Gavin Bryars

On the occasion of Jannis Kounellis' exhibition at Monnaie de Paris (link: )
An exceptional Public Program is directed by Etel Adnan who will perform together with Gavin Bryars: Five Senses for OneDeath, on April 28 at 7pm. Gavin Bryars will also perform some works for solo keyboard.


Concert with Singer Pur
21 April 2016 | Villa I Tatti, Via di Vincigliata 22, 50135 Florence, Italy
Note : I Tatti Madrigals

I Tatti Madrigals

This concert brings together a number of madrigals commissioned by Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Centre for Renaissance Italian Studies. The first was an eight-part madrigal in 2004 which set a Petrarch sestina. This was followed in 2009 and 2011 by groups of 6-part madrigals setting Petrarch, Bronzino and Laura Battiferri, all for the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur. Subsequently 3 more madrigals were added and this entire set of has become the Fifth Book of Madrigals. This has been recorded for release on GB Records.

The programme includes other works related to the I Tatti set. Each text will be read by an actor, Antonio Fazzini, and the whole programme is introduced by Gavin Bryars (who also plays double bass in two pieces). Two guest singers are added to Singer Pur's ensemble in order to perform the original eight-part work, and they also join Singer Pur's soprano to perform a madrigal, settiong Petrarch, for three female voices.

The new CD and the edition of the madrigals by Schott will be available at the concert.


Villa I Tatti concert programme


Willaert: Cantai hor piango (Petrarca 229) 3:30

Bryars: Cantai, or piango (Petrarca 229) 3:30 (2009)

Bryars: Mentre sepolto (Bronzino) 3:35 (2013)

Bryars: Se fermo e nel destin (Battiferri) 2:50 (2013)


Bryars: Ergiti infin (Laura Battiferri) 3:10 (2011)

Bryars: Temprato aer sereno (Laura Battiferri) 2:45 (2011)

III (with double bass, Bryars)

Bryars: Book Three no. 10 "What a grudge I am bearing"(Petrarca trans JM Synge) 3:20 (soprano tenor, bass, double bass) (2004)

Bryars: Lauda 19 "Omne homo" (Anon) (two tenors plus double bass) 3:00 (2003)


Bryars (from Two Love Songs): "Io amai sempre" (Petrarca 85) (Claudia, Elena, Alessandra) 4:00

Bryars: Chi punto ha 'l core (Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane) 3:00 (2013)


Bryars: A qualunque animale (Book Four number 1) 11:00 (2004)

Performers: Singer Pur,

with Gavin Bryars (double bass) part III

with Alessandra Fiori (mezzo) and Elena Bassi (mezzo soprano) "Io amai sempre" and "A qualunque animale"



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