Charlotte Bray, an English composer for whom my friend Olivier worked, has a performance in Kings Hall inspired by Olivier's video "soft city".
I met Olivier in 2004 when we started studying for our MA and we became fellow teaching assistants and friends. Sadly he passed away in January 2011. I'm happy that his works and legacy live on and inspire other artists.
Programme to include:
• Jean Hasse The Fall of the House of Usher
• Charlotte Bray Soft City (World Premiere)
• Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
• John Casken Shadowed Pieces
• Russell Hepplewhite Urban Abstract (World Premiere)
• Caroline Balding violin
• Kyle Horch saxophone
• Deborah Calland trumpet
• Iain Farrington piano
• Barry Millington curator
This programme explores themes of construction and disintegration, of harmony and alienation, with particular regard to spatial concerns, through music and film. While Charlotte Bray’s Soft City blurs the boundaries between urban and organic tissues, and proposes a vision of the city as a fragile anthropomorphic landscape, Russell Hepplewhite’s Urban Abstract celebrates the individual "personality" and beauty of bold architectural edifices. Jean Hasse’s score for the classic Watson and Webber silent short The Fall of the House of Usher reflects the film’s morbid obsession with death and dissolution; Britten’s Metamorphoses after Ovid similarly play with ideas of transformative change.
Counterpoise is a new ensemble of some of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the UK, founded with the aim of crossing genres, exploring the relationship between music, text and visuals, and seeking to develop aspects of narrative and other extra-musical influences.
A few more details can be found here: http://charlottebray.co.uk/2013/07/soft-city/
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More about Olivier Ruellet:
Soft City video
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