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Anna Maria Friman (soprano)
Note : Anna Maria Friman

Anna Maria Friman

Anna Maria Friman recently completed a PhD at the University of York (UK), on the modern performance of medieval music by women. For six years she taught singing and coached vocal ensembles at the University. Anna now lives in Norway and will give occasional workshops in York over the next year.

Anna's solo engagements include performances with Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Red Byrd, Last Century Ensemble (with John Potter and Nicky Losseff), The Ciconia Ensemble, Peter Hill, the NYYD Ensemble (Estonia), Latvian Radio Choir, Stuttgart Bach Choir, Det Norske Solistkor, The Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral, Collegium Vocale Gent and Ricercar Consort directed by Philippe Pierlot.

Anna is a member of the Scandinavian vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval that specializes in medieval music from England, France and Italy, contemporary works and Norwegian traditional songs and ballads. The trio has released 3 CDs on ECM Records. 'Words of the Angel', (2002) 'Soir dit-elle' (2004) and 'Stella Maris' (2005) immediately went to The Billboard Top 10 Bestsellers list.

The trio has performed in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wigmore Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, the Vienna Konserthaus, the Oslo Concert House, Antwerp's deSingel , Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw, Girona Cathedral, Gothenburg Domkirke and Turku Cathedral. In November 2005 the trio mediaeval performed four shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York together with the German musikFabrik in 'Shelter'; a Contemporary Oratorio with projections, with music by the American composer-trio Bang on a Can (Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon). In June 2006 the trio performed with Tord Gustavsen Trio in a world premiere collaboration concert in Harstad, at the Festspillene i Nord-Norge. Tord composed the music; 'musical miniatures' with lyrics by the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). In 2008 the two trios met again, during the Festspillene in Bergen, where the trio medieval was the 'Artist in Residence' for two weeks, and later at the Festspillene i Elverum.

Anna has performed at Balejazz and at Dalsfjord uka in a duo format with the Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen.

A programme of music by the legendary 14th century composer Ciconia made its first appearance at York last Autumn performed by The Ciconia Ensemble and the student group Yorvox. In the future it will be available as a secular programme with this line-up, or in a version including mass movements and motets that can be done in collaboration with local choirs or ensembles. For the secular programme the group will be joined by the Norwegian soprano Linn Andrea Fuglseth (trio mediaeval).

Chris Ekers (sound)
Note : Chris Ekers

Chris Ekers

Having trained as a musician, Chris began his career with theatre sound rental company, Autograph Sound Recording, in 1981. Since 1987 he has worked as a freelance sound engineer and designer with composers, ensembles, dance, theatre and opera companies. In addition he has been involved with many large scale projects from corpora

te events to Pavarotti in the Park. He is head of sound for the annual Fés Festival of Sacred World Music in Morocco and works regularly for The Gavin Bryars Ensemble and The Hilliard Ensemble with Jan Garbarek. He has just completed design work for the Raymond Gubbay production of Madam Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall and National Indoor Arena in Birmingham where new 'sound imaging' technology was successfully used to faithfully replicate the movement of performers through computer control of the sound system.

Chris first worked with Gavin in 1988 for the opening of Tate Gallery Liverpool where he assisted sound designer Bill Cadman with both the recording and live sound. Thereafter Chris took further work for Gavin due to the tragic loss of Bill at Lockerbie the same year and ever since has been responsible for all aspects of sound in Bryars' work.

Some of Gavin Bryars' works are site-specific and have led to many unique sound installations. These range from performances of The Sinking of the Titanic at the Art Tower Mito in Japan with the Balanescu Quartet, as part of a Christian Boltanski exhibition, to a disused water tower in Bourges, France, where the ensemble, performing in a damp subterranean level of the building were relayed to the audience on the ground level. In addition, having recorded Gavin Bryars' music specially composed and performed at Le Chateau d'Oiron, Poitiers, France, Chris designed and installed an ambisonic (surround) sound system as part of a permanent exhibition in the gallery.

He has a six year old daughter Jessie and lives in London.

Dave Smith (keyboard / tenor horn)
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Dave Smith

During the 1970's Dave Smith was a member of the Scratch Orchestra and various composer-performer ensembles (principally with John Lewis, Michael Parsons, Howard Skempton, John White, Gavin Bryars and Ben Mason) and later played in groups specialising in Javanese classical and Albanian folk music. He has been a member of Gavin Bryars Ensemble since its inception and also involved in many other professional performances as pianist, brass player, percussionist or conductor, including British premiers of music by Harold Budd, Cornelius cardew, Philip Glass, Ladislav Kupkovic, Ornette Coleman and Christian Wolff.

For 18 years he was a lecture at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and at present he is teaching at the University of Herts. and Goldsmiths College in London. His educational activity also includes working with COMA (Contemporary music-making for Amateurs.)

Many critics consider him to be 'one of the most interesting composers working in England.' His works, mainly for piano, have been broadcast in Europe, USA, Australia and North Korea.

Gavin Bryars (bass)
Gerald Kirby (additional percussion)
Gérard Lecointe (percussion)
James Woodrow (electric / acoustic guitars)
Note : James Woodrow

James Woodrow

James Woodrow trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is a member of the Gavin Bryars' Ensemble, Icebreaker, Lontano, the Roger Heaton Band and the John Harle Band. He has laso given many performances as soloist and ensemble player with the London Chamber Symphony, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta. He plays in a number of jazz ensembles, inlcuding Candy Time, with whom he has recently recorded a CD and Just East of Jazz, with whom he has recorded two CDs. James has worked with a number of contemporary dance companies, including Richard Alston Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Dance Company (playing in Gavin Bryars' piece Biped.)