Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble at Hull’s Middleton Hall

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble at Hull’s Middleton Hall

Gavin Friday and The Gavin Bryars Ensemble will be performing Bryars’ Nothing Like The Sun at Hull’s Middleton Hall on April 4th, 2019.

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber group and voices weaves Gavin Bryars’ music through eight of Shakespeare’s most meditative sonnets. The ensemble includes Bryars himself, tenor John Potter, American soprano Claron McFadden and cult Dublin singer-songwriter Gavin Friday. The selected poems focus on themes of time and memory, and each sonnet is spoken by Friday before Potter and McFadden sing Bryars’ setting, allowing for both close contemplation of Shakespeare’s words, and the uncovering of unexpected readings for them.

“This was no reverential reading a la BBC Radio 4…. This was hard-edged, obsidian and impermeable. Friday imbued each reading with a barely concealed rage, railing against the ink black lies and hypocrisies of fate. Bryars’ musical setting shifted similarly in tone between light and dark, each part a masterclass in endless fragile possibility. It may be over a decade old, yet Nothing Like The Sun retains its capacity to warm and delight.” – The Culture Vulture.

Date: April 4, 2019
Time: 7.30 pm (2.30 pm: guest talk by composer, Gavin Bryars. 7.30 pm: Concert)
Venue: Middleton Hall University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX

Tickets: £8 Adults / £6 Senior Citizens / £4 Students, Unwaged & Registered Disabled. 

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Gavin Friday and Anni Hogan collaborate on Angels of Romance song

Gavin Friday and Anni Hogan collaborate on Angels of Romance song

Gavin Friday features on the song “Angels of Romance” on the new album from Anni Hogan (Marc & The Mambas, The Willing Sinners) ‘Lost In Blue’, produced by Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and Riccardo Mulhall.

Anni on collaborating with Gavin: “I had met Gavin sometime somewhere back in the day, but only briefly so this was another new and special moment. I sent him a fairly complete piece, drum machine & piano, strong melodic line to suggest a vocal and strings. Gavin responded ‘I think we can do something magical’ which I jumped out of my chair in excitement and immediately called Dave & Ricc at the studio. Gavin went in the studio in Dublin and created a compelling complicated and utterly devastating beauty which actually made me cry when I first heard it. His voice and talent are so amazing.” (interview from pleasekillme.com)

Other collaborations on the album include Lydia Lunch, Kid Congo Powers (ex Gun Club, Cramps, Bad Seeds) and Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness).

LP Track Listing

  1. Lost Somewhere
  2. My Career (Ft. Kid Congo Powers)
  3. Death Bed Diva (Ft. Richard Strange)
  4. Silk Paper (Ft. Wolfgang Flür)
  5. Ghosts Of Soho (Ft. Celine Hispiche)
  6. Blue Contempt (Ft. Lydia Lunch)
  7. Thunderstruck
  8. Making Blackpool Rock (Ft. Scarlet West)
  9. Angels Of Romance (Ft. Gavin Friday)
  10. Lost In Blue (Ft. John Fiddler)

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Gavin Friday and Eoin Devereux discuss the work of Brian Eno

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Atonalist featuring Gavin Friday live in Paris

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Irish Times reviews Casement Sonata: “a strange and rare gift”

Malcolm MacClancy discusses Gavin Friday’s The Casement Sonata in today’s The Irish Times. He writes: “The Casement Sonata lies in a submerged tradition of modern Irish letters that includes Patrick Kavanagh’s Lough Derg as well as Eugene Watters’ The Week-End of Dermot and Grace (when will some clever radio producer finally stumble across this sonic…Continue Reading