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Gavin Bryars Ensemble With Guests

Gavin Bryars in Residence


Elder Hall


Wed 4 Mar, 7.30pm

3 hrs / Including Intervals


Two-concert package:
(Gavin Bryars Ensemble and Gavin Bryars Ensemble with Guests)
Adult $98 / Friends $84

Single concert:
Adult $59 / Friends $49 / Concession $45 / Under 30 $30

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United Kingdom + Australia / Exclusive to Adelaide

Throughout his career, Gavin Bryars has crafted an extensive catalogue of repertoire and recordings with some of the most adventurous and influential names in music and composition. Performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and joined by guests including lauded British mezzo soprano Jess Walker, Irish anti-hero Gavin Friday and Australia’s extraordinary Song Company, this richly textured concert of highlights comprises Shakespearean sonnets, the musings of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and Bryars’ own fascination with early Italian texts.

Act 1: Laude and Madrigals featuring The Song Company Act 2: Nothing Like the Sun narrated by Gavin Friday and featuring Peyee Chen and John Potter Act 3:  Mercy and Grand featuring Jess Walker

As prolific performer, accomplished bassist and pioneer of free improvisation, Gavin Bryars is recognised as one of Britain’s most important post-minimalist composers. From early collaborations with John Cage and Cornelius Cardew and with an interest in unorthodox collaborations, his repertoire of provocative works includes compositions for Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Hilliard Ensemble and the late Charlie Haden. Here, Bryars curates, performs and conducts from his extensive catalogue for this special ‘in residence’ series.

Hear what Artistic Director David Sefton has to say about Gavin Bryars in Residence:


Jess Walker NARRATOR Gavin Friday CLARINET Anna Coleman VIOLA II Imants Larsens PERCUSSION Rebecca Lagos ACCORDION James Crabb TENOR SAXOPHONE Julien Wilson PIANO Roland Peelman THE SONG COMPANY - SOPRANO Anna Fraser, Susannah Lawergren MEZZO SOPRANO Hannah Fraser TENOR Richard Black BARITONE Mark Donnelly BASS Alex Knight

'Nothing Like The Sun' and 'Mercy and Grand' originally commissioned by Opera North (UK) New Madrigals by Gavin Bryars, published by Schott Music Ltd. Co-commissioned by Adelaide Festival and The Song Company

PHOTO 1 Petra Cvelbar