THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB
Bob Gilmore’s presence on the new music scene radiated a unique combination of energy, openness, excitement, critical insight, sympathy and humour. His outstanding biographies of Harry Partch and Claude Vivier, and his musicological and other writings were complemented by passionate and informed advocacy of an extraordinary range of composers and music of recent times. Much of the music he embraced and wrote about was radically new and highly individual. Latterly, performing and commissioning with Trio Scordatura, he became directly involved in creating the work he loved. It was clear, following his death in January 2015, that many musicians feel his work and its implications deserve serious and more widespread recognition. In ‘The World according to Bob’, we hope to encourage that recognition by engaging with his achievements and what they mean for music, musical biography, history and musicology, and also to ask how Bob’s legacy might be passed on for the future.
This 'Bob Fest' - at City University and Café OTO in London - packs nine concerts into two days, with music by Harry Partch, Claude Vivier, Horaţiu Rădulescu, Frank Denyer, Christopher Fox, Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy and others - many of whom Bob championed through his writings, through friendship, or both. In addition, there will be about fifteen short talks given by distinguished speakers - Frank Denyer, Christopher Fox, Paul Griffiths and Kevin Volans, amongst others. Details of the programme are listed below.
We are asking for your support in order to pay for flights and accommodation for some of the performers and speakers who will travel from abroad - in particular from Denmark, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and the USA. In addition - if donations exceed our target - proceeds will also contribute to costs associated with 'A Night of Irish Music', the last event on the programme.
All events - at both City and Café Oto - are made possible by the amazing generosity of everyone involved, all of whom are participating for no fee, and the majority of whom are paying their own travel and accommodation expenses. We are also grateful to City University, and in particular to Newton Armstrong, for offering the use of spaces and facilities free of charge. The events would not be possible without this generosity and support. Our thanks go to everyone involved - and of course to you - our donors.
To find out more about Bob - please see: www.bobgilmore.co.uk
DATES & TIMES
Tuesday 1st March 2016, 11am to 9pm, at City University
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 10.30am to 5pm, at City University
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8pm until late, at Café Oto
City University, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB http://www.city.ac.uk/visit/campuses/northampton-square/college-building/performance-space
Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL https://www.cafeoto.co.uk
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME - NB. start times provisional too!
Tuesday 1st March - City University, Performance Space
11.40 Concert 1 – Preface: Harry Partch
Psalms: The Lord is my Shepherd, By the Rivers of Babylon
Two Songs from Eleven Intrusions : The Rose, The Waterfall
Performed by Scordatura & guests: John Schneider (voice, Adapted Guitar), Alfrun Schmid (voice), Elisabeth Smalt (Adapted Viola), Reinier van Houdt (Chromelodeon/keyboard), tbc (Diamond Marimba)
14.00 Concert 2 - Frank Denyer: The Hidden Voice
Woman, Viola and Crow
A Fragile Thread 1 and 2
Woman with Jinashi Shakuhachi
Frank Denyer (voice), Kiku Day (jinashi shakuhachi), Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin), Elisabeth Smalt (viola)
16.00 Concert 3 – Intermezzo
Christopher Fox The Dark Road
Anton Lukoszevieze Score Lexicon
Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)
19.00 Concert 4 - Nicola Vicentino: a second life
The visionary 16th century composer and music theorist Nicola Vicentino is famous for his advocacy of an ancient Greek enharmonic mode and the microtonal Archicembalo that he designed for it. Only four of his madrigals survived, of which three are unfinished. Bob Gilmore, with Scordatura, asked composers to complete/respond freely to them. The original madrigals will be performed in a Scordatura arrangement together with new compositions by, amongst others: Linda Buckley, John Croft, Lucia D'Errico, Christopher Fox, Yannis Kyriakides, Ned McGowan, Scott McLaughlin and Harald Muenz.
Performed by Scordatura & guests: Alfrun Schmid (voice), Elisabeth Smalt (viola), Reinier van Houdt (keyboard), Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin), Lucas van Helsdingen (bass clarinet, coffee grinder)
20.00 Concert 4 (cont.) – Maximum Clarity
Gilmore String Quartet with Alfrun Schmid (voice)
Claude Vivier Quatuor pour cordes
Kevin Volans Notes d'un Peintre
Walter Zimmermann Novalis Fragment ‘for Bob’
Ben Johnston Amazing Grace, String Quartet No 4
Wednesday 2nd March - City University Performance Space
11.00 Concert 5 – Preface
François-Bernard Mâche Kubatum
Marc Sabat Bob Gilmore, Elisabeth Smalt
Claude Vivier Tao Tao Tao (arr. Bob Gilmore)
Alfrun Schmid (voice), Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin), Elisabeth Smalt (viola), Reinier van Houdt (keyboard)
12.15 Concert 6 - Harry Partch: the Truth about Tune
Psalms: The Lord is my shepherd, By the Rivers of Babylon
Seventeen Lyrics by Li Po (selection)
Three Songs from Eleven Intrusions: The Rose, The Crane, The Waterfall
-- Further short works of Partch perhaps to be confirmed.
Performed by Scordatura & guests: Alfrun Schmid (voice), Elisabeth Smalt (Adapted Viola, voice), Reinier van Houdt (Chromelodeon/keyboard), John Schneider (Adapted Guitars, voice), tbc (Diamond Marimba)
14.40 Concert 7 – Intermezzo
Claude Vivier Pièce pour Violon et Piano
Patrick Ozzard-Low Piano Pieces
Benjamin Marquise-Gilmore (violin), Andrew Zolinsky (piano), Patrick Ozzard-Low (piano)
16.00 Concert 8 - Horaţiu Rădulescu
Piano Sonata No 2
Catherine Tunnell (cello), Ian Pace (piano)
A NIGHT OF IRISH MUSIC
Wednesday 2nd March Café Oto, 8pm until late
‘The World according to Bob’ concludes at Café Oto – presenting a concert of new music from Ireland, curated and produced by Ergodos. Between each work there will be short extracts from Bob Gilmore’s writings read by award winning Irish broadcaster and documentary maker Bernard Clarke and Irish publisher and musician Toner Quinn.
Donnacha Dennehy Reservoir
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly New work
Ailís Ní Riain Into The Sea of Waking Dreams
Scott McLaughlin The Endless Mobility of Listening
Kevin Volans New Work
Jennifer Walshe Aisteach
Karen Power & John Godfrey Improvisation
Linda Buckley fridur
Deirdre McKay New Work
Garrett Sholdice New Work
Donnacha Dennehy New Work
Performed by: Mira Benjamin (violin), John Godfrey (electric guitar), Reinier van Houdt (piano), Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Karen Power (electronics), Ailís Ní Riain (piano, voice), Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (synthesizer), Garrett Sholdice (piano), Elisabeth Smalt (viola), Kevin Volans (piano), Jennifer Walshe (voice) and Andrew Zolinsky (solo piano)
CONFERENCE PAPERS - Tues 1st & Weds 2nd March 2016
At City University, about 15 papers will be presented across the two days, in sessions interwoven with the concerts. Titles are provisional, but speakers include:
Frank Denyer [keynote] New Historical Perspectives for the Music of Today: Ten Questions
Christopher Fox [keynote] The Climate since Bob Gilmore
Paul Griffiths [keynote] A Little of What We Lost
Kevin Volans [keynote] Some Speculative Comments on Non-Conceptual Composition
John Croft [title tbc]
Scott McClaughlin All Young Composers need a Bob in their lives
Sam Richards Harry Partch and Countercultural Utopias
Marc Sabat Tuneable Intervals and Chords: a possible basis for extended JI on acoustic instruments
John Schneider [talk on Harry Partch]
Jennifer Walshe [title tbc]
Risks and challenges
(i) In the unlikely event of any performers or speakers having to cancel, the programme is subject to change, but we'll do our utmost to deliver an unforgettable event whatever the circumstances.
(ii) The programme is exciting but rather full - it therefore needs to run on time and to schedule. A small team of helpers will be on hand to help - but we also rely on you, the audience - as far as possible to be on time for everything. Thanks in advance!
(iii) The Kickstarter reward interface only allows a donor to select one reward option. In the event that all forty-five '£76' tickets have already been taken, and you still want to attend ALL events, it may conceivably be possible. Please email us at any time for advice.
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