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Two Days of Music and Talks around the work of musicologist, author, performer and inspirational teacher Bob Gilmore (1961-2015)
Two Days of Music and Talks around the work of musicologist, author, performer and inspirational teacher Bob Gilmore (1961-2015)
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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

WHERE

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

Bob Gilmore: Harry Partch a biography, Yale University Press, 1998
Bob Gilmore: Harry Partch a biography, Yale University Press, 1998

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) 

Frank Denyer
Frank Denyer

14.00 Concert 2 - Frank Denyer: The Hidden Voice

Woman, Viola and Crow

A Fragile Thread 1 and 2

Whispers (extracts)

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)

Vicentino's design for the Lower Manual of the Archicembalo (1555)
Vicentino's design for the Lower Manual of the Archicembalo (1555)

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)

19.45  Interval

Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music, ed. Bob Gilmore, University of Illinois Press, 2006
Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music, ed. Bob Gilmore, University of Illinois Press, 2006

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

Bob Gilmore: Claude Vivier - A Composer's Life, University of Rochester Press, 2014
Bob Gilmore: Claude Vivier - A Composer's Life, University of Rochester Press, 2014

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) 

Trio Scordatura: Alfrun Schmid, Elisabeth Smalt and Bob Gilmore
Trio Scordatura: Alfrun Schmid, Elisabeth Smalt and Bob Gilmore

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

Barstow 

                       -- 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) 

Horaţiu Rădulescu
Horaţiu Rădulescu

16.00 Concert 8 - Horaţiu Rădulescu 

Lux Animae 

Piano Sonata No 2

Cello Sonata

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 

        Interval

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)

As the Editor of Tempo, Bob's first editorial took the same title 'Tentative Affinities' as the remarkable series of podcasts he made towards the end of his life, which can be heard at: www.bobgilmore.co.uk
As the Editor of Tempo, Bob's first editorial took the same title 'Tentative Affinities' as the remarkable series of podcasts he made towards the end of his life, which can be heard at: www.bobgilmore.co.uk

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]

Perspectives of New Music - Volume 33 Numbers 1& 2 Winter/Summer 1995
Perspectives of New Music - Volume 33 Numbers 1& 2 Winter/Summer 1995

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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