Gavin Bryars Ensemble - Two days to remember

15.Dec.23 until 16.Dec.23
Gavin Bryars

In 1986, the newly formed Gavin Bryars Ensemble opened the arts festival OFF OFF, organised by MSK and the Museum of Contemporary Art (the forerunner of S.M.A.K.). In honour of the composer's 80th birthday, Ha Concerts invites him again. For two days together, we will dive into the life and work of this iconic British composer and musician.

Gavin Bryars is forever remembered for such groundbreaking and deeply moving works as The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) - to which Tom Waits once lent his voice.

To honour him in his 80th year of life, Ha Concerts, MSK and S.M.A.K. are joining forces for a three-part programme.

On Friday evening, there is a re-enactment of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble's very first concert that took place in the MSK's hemicycle in 1986. For the festival OFF OFF at the time, the museum exchanged work with the Museum of Contemporary Art, putting contemporary art in dialogue with tradition.

It was a legendary evening with beautiful music in an intimate setting, surrounded by ancient artworks and stories. We are recreating this evening in December. In a partly new line-up, Gavin Bryars and seven other musicians will bring legendary pieces like My First Homage and Sub Rosa back to life in the heart of the MSK.

Saturday morning
, there will be a conversation with Gavin Bryars in the MSK auditorium, moderated by Klara radio producer and presenter Lies Steppe.

On Saturday evening, Gavin and his ensemble will explore some of his most iconic works, and these will be shown to their maximum advantage in the refined acoustics of the concert hall at Ha Concerts. Musically commonplace played by the master himself.

Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Morgan Goff, Nick Barr (violas), Roger Heaton (clarinet, bass clarinet), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Audrey Riley (cello), Gavin Bryars (keyboard, bass), Yuri Bryars (piano, bass), Alexandra Tchernakova (piano)

Pick your favourite night or combine them. Get to know this music or dive deeper. Either way, these will be two days to remember for a long time.
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