Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gavin Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic

Presented by Nonsequitur. Composer Steve Peters and over thirty Seattle artists commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy with an epic realization of The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), by British composer Gavin Bryars. The three-hour performance features six different half-hour segments of improvisations based on hymns played by the ship's band as she sank: winds (trombonist Stuart Dempster, trumpeter Lesli Dalaba, clarinetist Beth Fleenor, contrabass clarinetist Paul Hoskin, French hornist Greg Campbell); strings (violinists Claude Ginsburg, Tari Nelson-Zagar, and Mara Sedlins, cellists Paul Rucker and Lori Goldston, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes); free reeds (Amy Denio, Marchette DuBois, Steven Arntson, Tiffany Lin); solo piano by Robin Holcomb; and chorus. Also: Toy piano by Tiffany Lin! Period 78s on vintage Victrolas by Climax Golden Twins! Field recordings by the Seattle Phonographers Union! Electronic processing by Joshua Parmenter! Percussion by Dean Moore and Dale Speicher! Video projections by Killing Frenzy!

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