Launch Event

Cut & Splice free launch event: Poetry as Score

As part of Cut & Splice: Grúndelweiser, POLYply presents an evening of Wandelweiser works grounded in poetic texts:

Wednesday 2 November
Venue: Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG
6.30 - 7pm: pre concert discussion
7.30pm: concert

Jürg Frey - Landschaft mit Wörtern (selection) (2003)
Manfred Werder - 2009/4
Michael Pisaro - A single charm is doubtful [harmony series no.14] (2004-6)
Antoine Beuger - Confidential Letter #7 (2011)

Performers: Antoine Beuger, Angharad Davies, Sarah Hughes, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, David Stent, Carol Watts and Manfred Werder.

Since its inception in 1992, the Wandelweiser composer collective has created an increasingly influential body of work characterised by its great beauty, economy and focus. International in membership and outlook, the collective includes some of the most striking and individual composers working today. Taking the music and aesthetics of Cage, Feldman and Christian Wolff as starting points, the Wandelweiser composers share an interest in the exploration of compositional process and a common concern for silence and duration.

In recent years, several Wandelweiser composers have taken the text-score innovations of the 60s and 70s in new directions, using poems to guide musical performance in various intriguing ways. In this concert several of these works will performed by an ensemble led by composer Tim Parkinson and featuring some of the UK's most experienced interpreters of the collective’s music. The evening begins with a panel discussion led by Will Montgomery and featuring the composers Antoine Beuger, Michael Pisaro and Manfred Werder.

This event, which kicks off the annual Cut & Splice festival, is the first in a series of POLYprojects – one-off events growing out of Royal Holloway's monthly POLYply poetry and performances series, which is hosted by the Centre for Creative Collaboration in Kings Cross, London.

Poetry as Score is programmed by Will Montgomery and Tim Parkinson. Please not that, although this is a free event, space is limited at the venue so you should arrive in good time to avoid disappointment.

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Missed it? Catch up on Radio 3

If you missed the live events, you can still hear much of the content of Cut & Splice: Grúndelweiser as it is being broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now show. You can listen again to the second of two shows here:
It will be available until 19 November.


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