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Thu 17 Nov at 9pm
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Presented by Jack McNamara, Tim Parkinson and Angharad Davies
Two of the key figures in experimental music, composer Tim Parkinson and prepared violinist Angharad Davies, collaborate with director Jack McNamara to present a series of musical works that explore the crossover between theatre as sound and sound as theatre. Performed by artists at the forefront of modern composition and improvisation whose work interacts with time and space in an innately dramatic way, this is theatre for the ear and music for the eye….
With a title inspired by George S Trow’s influential essay about the decline of society in the new age, this is music theatre that removes the restrictions of ‘meaning’ or ‘context’ in an attempt to reach a purity of performance.
The performance will be made of of a series of mind-bending, ear stretching works from some of the biggest names in avant garde music, including Louis D’Heudieres, Stefan Thut, Alison Knowles and John Cage. Each piece sits somewhere between music and theatre, forcing us to question the very foundations of either art form. These are works that play with the audience, with the players and with the very notion of what constitutes a performance.
Special guest collaborators to be confirmed.
See Angharad Davies in action here:
Image credit Angharad Davies
About the artists
Jack McNamara is artistic director of New Perspectives in Nottingham and also makes experimental work under Future Ruins. He has staged premieres by major international artists Lars Von Trier, Don DeLillo, Saul Bellow, Athol Fugard and David Rudkin. He has also created structured improvisations inspired by music, including Exterminating Angel (national tour) Malaise Trio (Camden People’s Theatre) and Theatre on a Long Thin Wire (Summerhall).
Tim Parkinson (b.1973) has consistently pursued an independent path, seeking to engage with whatever it means today to be a functioning composer in the world. His music has been labelled as experimental, “reconstructing music from the ground up”, and “sounding like nothing else”, the work invariably returning to fundamental questions around the meaning of sound. He has been associated with other British independent voices of the same generation, such as Bailie, Crane, Harrison, Newland, Saunders, Whitty. His music is mostly performed by a dedicated community of friends and musicians (amongst others Philip Thomas and Anton Lukoszevieze), but he has also written for various groups and ensembles including Apartment House, [rout], Incidental Music, Dedalus, Edges, Basel Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta; and for various instrumentalists including Stephen Altoft, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Tanja Masanti, Andrew Sparling, Craig Shepard, Silvia Tarozzi, Stefan Thut, Deborah Walker. His music has been performed in UK, Europe, USA, Armenia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Broadcasts of music have been on Resonance FM, Wandelweiser Radio, BBC Radio 3, WDR Köln, and Schweizer Radio SRF2. Time With People, an opera, (2012-13) has received complete and partial performances in London, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow and premiering Eliane Radigueâ€™s new solo for violin, Occam XXI at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico.
She’s performed at, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms, Music We’d Like to Hear’s concert series, is an associate artist at Cafe Oto, is a member of Apartment House, Cranc and Common Objects, been artist in residence at Q-02 , and played live with Tony Conrad in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern.Other collaborations have featured the likes of John Butcher, Daniela Cascella, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt , Kazuko Hohki, Roberta Jean, Lina Lapelyte, Dominic Lash, Tisha Mukarji, Andrea Neumann, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, J.G.Thirlwell, Stefan Thut, Paul Whitty, Manfred Werder, Birgit Ulher, Taku Unami and she’s released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.