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Gavin Bryars conducts the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
For all his interest in tape loops, conceptual art, indeterminism, free improv and the flotsam and jetsam of the 20th-century avant garde, Bryars always shows a reliance on melody that makes his music utterly accessible
The commanding forces of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra are harnessed by the simple faith and repetitive optimism of an elderly tramp’s solitary voice in the legendary Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Gavin Bryars’ hypnotic declaration of hope and humanity is joined by a reflection on Wagner, The Porazzi Fragment for 21 solo strings, and two arias from the opera G, along with partner pieces by friends and contemporaries Howard Skempton and Arvo Pärt.
Howard Skempton, Lento / Gavin Bryars, The Porazzi Fragment / Arvo Pärt, If Bach had been a Beekeeper / Gavin Bryars, Ennelina’s Aria from ‘G’ / Gavin Bryars, Epilogue from ‘G’ / Gavin Bryars, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
GAVIN BRYARS IN RESIDENCE
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:
CONDUCTED BY Gavin Bryars PERFORMED BY Adelaide Symphony Orchestra WITH SOPRANO Anna Fraser AND BASS Alex Knight
PRESENTED BY Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
PHOTO 1 Petra Cvelbar