October27 2017 (Fri)
8:00 PM

Gavin Bryars: Nothing Like the Sun

Strings of Autumn Festival 2017

Archa Theatre | Classical Music

90 minutes | Available

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Date: October 27, 2017 | 20:00 (Fri)
Venue: Archa Theatre
Duration: 90 minutes
Status: Available
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Gavin Bryars: Nothing Like the Sun

Setting sonnets to music is a long-standing and multifarious tradition. It began with the composers of the Italian Renaissance and carries on happily to this day. Gavin Bryars' suite from the sonnets of Shakespeare is one of the most intriguing musical adaptations of poetry in recent decades. The engaging instrumentation is dominated by percussion instruments, including a cimbalom and a vibraphone, seconded by electric guitar, piano, clarinet, and a small string section. This musical weave is complemented by the free-soaring lyrics of the sonnets both in song (world-famous tenor John Potter) and in recitation (avant-garde Irish artist Gavin Friday). "When choosing the sonnets, I decided to not use the ones I already knew. I felt that the fact that I knew them might easily lull me into a false sense of security," Bryars explained of the creative process. The less-known sonnets were all the more inspiring for Bryars and roused him into creating an extraordinary work for extraordinary artists.

Performing:

Gavin Friday - recital
John Potter - tenor
Sarah Dacey - soprano
Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Please note:

The concert has a 15 minutes intermission.

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