Performance and ceremony
7 September 2015 | Café de Paris, Paris 75011
Note : Pataphysical New Year

Pataphysical New Year

This takes place on 28 Phalle 142 in the Pataphysical Era ( September 7th in the vulgate). It will include a performance of  work written for the occasion: Musical Illustrations from the Monograph by Sherlock Holmes on the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus. These pieces will be played by Gavin Bryars and the London Snorkelling Team Orchestra, the offical orchestra of the London Institute of 'Pataphysics (LIP).

A talk on recent work
19 August 2015 | Metchosin Community House, Happy Valley Road, Metchosin BC
Note : Metchosin Talk 7PM

Metchosin Talk 7PM

Gavin Bryars will talk about the works that he has written and performed over the last year or so, some of which was written in Metchosin last summer. This includes 4 ballets, and a large scale choral work, eleven settings of Samuel Beckett's poetry (The Beckett Songbook), half of a Sixth Book of Madrigals. He will also play examples of his performances in Adelaide, Lyon, Enniskillen, Munich and Bordeaux as well as material from the further productions of his opera Marilyn Forever (premiered in Victoria two years ago) in Adelaide and Los Angeles.


Launch of Audrey Riley new album
24 June 2015 | The Chapel, Trinity House, The Newark, Leicester 7PM
Note : Album launch

Album launch

Audrey Riley and James Woodrow play the duo versions of Tre Laude Dolçe at an event for the release of Audrey's new album 1:3 (see discography for details).


Dance work with Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre
21 June 2015 | Cottier Chamber Festival, Glasgow
Note : Lauda Dance

Lauda Dance

Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre has cresated a new work, choreographed by Stephen Pelton, which has for its music a sequence of Laude. These will be performed live by members of the Gavin Bryar Ensemble. The works are:

1 Ave Dei Genetrix (Lauda 9)

2 Alta Trinita Beata (Lauda 12)

3 Oi Me Lasso (Lauda 4)

4 Da Ciel Venne Messo Novello (Lauda 6)

5 Omne Homo (Lauda 19)

6 Lauda Volio Per Amore (Lauda 27)

7 O Divina Virgo, Flore  (Lauda 29)

8 Stomme Allegro  (Lauda 13)

9 Amor Dolçe Sença Pare (Laude 28)

(+ possibly Plangiamo Quell Crudel Basciar (Lauda 26)  

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

Award of Honorary Fellowship
19 June 2015 | Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Circus, Birmingham
Note : Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship

Gavin is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Birmingham Conservatoire "in recognition of his unique contribution to music as a composer and as a collaborator". This will be done within the Conservatoire's prize-giving ceremony at 11AM.

Gavin also has an Honorary Fellowship from Bath Spa University as well as a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Plymouth.

Juan Muñoz-Gavin Bryars collaboration
15 June 2015 | Fondazione HangarBicocca Via Chiese 2 Milano, Italy
Note : A Man in a Room, Gambling

A Man in a Room, Gambling

Gavin Bryars will direct and perform with Sentieri Selvaggi the work that he and Juan Muñoz did together in 1992. It will form part of a major exhibition of Juan's work - an exhibition that also features his remarkable installation Double Bind, made for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London shortly before his untimely death in 2001.

Talk at opening
6 June 2015 | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham Dublin 8
Note : Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan

The Irish Museum of Modern Art has an exhibition of the work of Etel Adnan, my old and very dear friend with who I have colaborated over the last 30+ years. Etel is unable to travel to Ireland for the show - she is now 90 years old - and so I have been asked to give a talk and be interviewed about her, her work, our work together and about my work too.

Ensemble concert
5 May 2015 | Theatre de la Renaissance, Oullins, near Lyon, France
Note : Theatre de la Renaissance, Oullins

Theatre de la Renaissance, Oullins

Gavin's old friend Gérard Lecointe, director of Percussions Claviers de Lyon (PCL - see GB Records BCGBCD17 "New York") is also director of the Theatre de la Renaissance at Oullins, outside Lyon. Gavin is planning a chamber opera with PCL and this is an occasion for the ensemble to work in the same space, in advance of the opera. Gérard, who has played with the ensemble on a number of occasions, also joins the group and the programme includes a new Lauda, for the first time with percussion.

Lauda Dolçe I (2008) solo cello, electric guitar, double bass, percussion

It Never Rains (2010) - electric guitar, viola, cello, bass

Lauda 29 O divina virgo flore (2006) - soprano, counter tenor, cello, electric guitar, double bass

Lauda 4 Oi me lasso (2003) - soprano, viola, cello, electric guitar, double bass

New work (Lauda 43) soprano, counter tenor, viola, cello, electric guitar, double bass, percussion

Lauda (con sordino) (2006) - solo viola, electric guitar, piano

The Flower of Friendship (2011) - viola, cello, electric guitar, bass, percussion

The Beckett Songbook - complete (2012-14)  - soprano, counter tenor, viola, guitar, cello, bass

Performers: Orlanda Bryars, soprano; James Cave counter tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass/piano; Gérard Lecointe, percussion



Chamber opera
21 March 2015 | Los Angeles, California
Note : Long Beach Opera

Long Beach Opera

The first new production of Gavin Bryars' chamber opera since the works initial performances, produced by Long Beach Opera, who made a stunning version of Gavin Bryars'  The Paper Nautilus in September 2012. There will be a second performance on March 28 2015

It will be conducted by Bill Linwood, who conducted the world premiere in Victoria BC as well as performances in Adelaide, Australia.

GB Orchestral concert
5 March 2015 | Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia
Note : Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

An orchestral concert in which Gavin Bryars conducts two works by close personal and musical friends (Howard Skempton and Arvo Pärt); the first performance in the original English of two arias from his third opera G; his meditation on the last musical fragment of Wagner; and a full orchestral performance of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, with additional orchestral material.

Soloists: Anna Fraser, soprano; Alex Knight, bass

Conductor: Gavin Bryars

Part 1

Howard Skempton: Lento (1991) - full orchestra

Bryars: The Porazzi Fragment for 21 solo strings (1999)

Arvo Pärt: If Bach had been a beekeeper  - orchestra

Bryars: Ennelina's aria from G - Anna Fraser, soprano. World concert premiere (in English)

Bryars: Epilogue from G  - Alex Knight, bass. World concert premiere (in English)

Part 2

Bryars: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet  - full orchestra