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Gavin  Bryars

Born: January 16th, 1943
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Johannes Fischer
Orchestra: Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Schleswig-Holstein
2018-09-23 | Lübeck (Germany), Musikhochschule
2018-09-26 | Angers (France), Le Quai CDN
... The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit and is deeply moving. He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle. With a third ear maybe... Michael Ondaatj

Gavin Bryars studied philosophy at Sheffield University and became a professional jazz bassist and a pioneer of free improvisation, working especially with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. In the late 1960s he worked with John Cage and this influenced early works such as the indeterminately scored The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and the iconic Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971). From 1969 to 1978 he taught in departments of Fine Art at Portsmouth College of Artand Leicester Polytechnic, where he founded the department of music. He collaborated frequently with visual artists such as Bruce McLean, Tim Head, James Hugonin, Bill Woodrow, Will Alsop, and Juan Muñoz with whom he wrote A Man in a Room, Gambling (1992/2005), and made installations and performance art for Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives, Chateau d'Oiron and other galleries.

 

Bryars’ catalogue includes an extensive body of works for dance. Numerous choreographers have been drawn to his music, and he has collaborated on new works with the likes of Lucinda Child, Laurie Booth, William Forsyth, and David Dawson. In 1999 he wrote BIPED with Merce Cunningham, and in 2002 he worked with Carolyn Carlson on Writings on Water for the Venice Biennale, which included The North Shore for solo viola, piano and strings, In Nomine (after Purcell) for strings, and the Violin Concerto "The Bulls of Bashan" among other works. In recent years Bryars has worked with Edouard Lock on a number of projects including The Third Light (2009), which is regularly performed, Amjad (2007) which toured internationally for two years and 11th Floor (2014) for Cullberg Ballet.

Bryars' opera Medea(1984) was not only his first stage work but also his first work using orchestral forces, and among his first works for voice. Premièred at the Opéra de Lyon and Opéra de Paris and directed by Robert Wilson), it achieved critical success and led Bryars down a new compositional path. He has since written three further operas, two with libretti by his long time collaborator Blake Morrison: Doctor Ox's Experiment (English National Opera 1998, directed by Atom Egoyan, & also at Theater Dortmund, 1999), and G (2001-2, directed by Georges Delnon), commissioned by the Staatstheater Mainz for the Gutenberg 600th anniversary. Bryars’ has written two chamber operas: The Paper Nautilus (2006) which was premiered by Theatre Cryptic, with further productions at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Long Beach Opera, and Marilyn Forever (2010-13), presented by Aventa Ensemble in autumn 2013 in Victoria, Canada, with further productions at the Adelaide Festival where he was Composer in Residence in February 2015 and at Long Beach Opera the following month. Bryars’ most recent opera The Collected Works of Billy the Kid(2018) premiered in March 2018 presented by Percussion Clavier de Lyon in production with Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, and subsequently toured through France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary.

Bryars is particularly drawn to music for voice, resulting in a rich catalogue of choral and vocal works. Several fruitful collaborations with the Latvian Radio Choir and Estonian Male Voice Choir resulted in recordings on Bryars’ own label, GB Records. For many years he has worked with early music performers on successive Books of Madrigals: Book One for The Hilliard Ensemble (1998-2000, texts by Blake Morrison), Book Two for the Trio Mediaeval Sextet (2001-2, Petrarch sonnets), Book Three for Red Byrd (2003-5, Petrarch, translated by Synge), Book Four (2010, longer Petrarch poems), Book Five (‘I Tatti’ madrigals) in 2013, Book Six in 2015 plus two books of Irish Madrigals. He has written a large number of Laude for soprano Anna Maria Friman based on medieval Italian chants and set Faroese saga poetry in Tróndur í Gøtu for the Faroese bass Rúni Brattaberg following their work together on settings of old Icelandic saga poetry. His collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North, Nothing Like the Sun, toured the UK in 2007. The Fifth Century (2014) for choir and saxophone quartet was premiered by The Crossing and Prism Saxophone Quartet and and an ensuing recording with ECM went on to win a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. The 2018/19 season will see a second new choral work for The Crossing Choir, to be premiered in December 2018.

Bryars has produced a large body of chamber music, much of it written for his own ensemble, and he has written extensively for strings. His catalogue includes concertos for violin, viola, cello, double bass (plus one for jazz bass), saxophone, bass oboe and piano.

His work has been widely recorded on labels including ECM, Hyperion, Point, Philips, Argo, Touch, Mode, and his own GB Records.

Gavin Bryars - website

1898
Morgan Robertson publishes "Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan"
1907
Mother Miriam Eleanor Hopley (housewife, amateur cellist), born June
1910
Raymond Roussel’s "Locus Solus" published
1912
RMS Titanic sinks on maiden voyage at 41° 43.5’N 49° 56.8’W, North Atlantic, April 14/15
1914
Raymond Roussel’s "Impressions d’Afrique" published
1918
Marcel Duchamp gives up art for chess
1930
Sister Pamela born January
1931
Sister Hazel born September
1933
Death of Raymond Roussel, July 14
1935
Brother Andrew born September
1940
Death of Goole-born marine artist Reuben Chappell (b. 1870)
1943
"New Complexity" composer Brian Ferneyhough born, also January 16; GB points to the differences in their upbringings: "Ferneyhough was born in Coventry, which was subject to heavy German bombing, whereas I was brought up in Goole, where the only wartime incident was when two RAF planes collided over the river. I became a kind of laid-back English ironist and he became a hard-line European modernist"
1944
Brother Quentin born, May
1946
"My first clear memory is of my mother practising the cello."
1948
Collège de "Pataphysique" founded
1950
Death of Gerald Tyrwhitt(-Wilson), Lord Berners (b. 1883)
1952
John Cage’s "4’33"
1954
Encounters the work of Jules Verne
1955
Walter Lord publishes "A Night to Remember", about Titanic sinking; subsequently filmed
1956
Death in Glasgow of Harold Bride, junior wireless officer, RMS Titanic, April 29
1957
Goole AFC reach third round of F.A. Cup before going down to Nottingham Forest
1958
Death of composer Joseph Holbrooke (b. 1878)
1960
Foundation of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), as a branch of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, November
1961
George Maciunas (1931-1978) uses Fluxus name for first time
1961-64
Studies philosophy, University of Sheffield, to 1964
1962
GB meets guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005), drummer Tony Oxley (b. 1938) and pianist Gerry Rollinson (b. 1938)
1963
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) begins his open-form piece "Treatise" (1963-1967)
1964
Forms trio Joseph Holbrooke with Bailey and Oxley, autumn
1964-66
Studies bass at Northern School of Music, to 1966; freelance bassist
1965
Improvising group AMM (not an acronym) formed by saxophonist Lou Gare (b. 1939), percussionist Eddie Prévost (b. 1942) and guitarist Keith Rowe (b. 1940), with Cornelius Cardew and Christopher Hobbs joining later
1966
Yoko Ono meets John Lennon under her piece "Hammer a Nail" at Indica Gallery, London, November 9
1967
AMM records iconic The Crypt sessions, June/July
1968
Promenade Theatre Orchestra formed by composer John White (b. 1936): GB says, "John is one of the great living composers, a real unsung hero, an absolute genius".
1969
Cage’s "HPSCHD", with contributions by GB, premiered at Champaign-Urbana.
1970
Harold Budd (b. 1936) creates "The Candy Apple Revision", D♭ chord for any instrumentation), subsequently records with Bryars for Obscure.
1971
"1, 1, 1-2-3-4" (unspecified), performed Liverpool.
1972
Centenary of first publication of Jules Verne’s (1828-1905) "Une fantaisie du docteur Ox".
1973
Gavin Bryars' Mother remarries, Dr Sidney Appleton, July and Michael Nyman (b. 1944) publishes Experimental Music: "Cage and Beyond".
1974
Meets American composer John Adams (b. 1947) following a year-long correspondence and works with him in San Francisco.
1975
"Ponukelian Melody" (ensemble), performed Lucy Milton Gallery, London, May; later revised.
1976
Death of novelist and pataphysician Raymond Queneau (b. 1903); director Peter Greenaway (b. 1942) makes a film called "Goole By Numbers".
1977
"Garden furniture" concert organised by John White at Air Gallery, London, inspires "Poggioli in Zaleski's Gazebo".
1978
Death of stepfather Dr Appleton, July.
1979
"The Cross-Channel Ferry" (ensemble, "elastic scoring"), performed Paris, November.
1980
Death of pianist Bill Evans, September 15.
1981
Death in hit-and-run accident of Cornelius Cardew, December 13.
1982
Birth of second daughter Orlanda, December 4.
1983
"Les Fiançailles" (ensemble), performed Vienna, May; "Allegrasco" (instrumental), performed Leicester, December.
1984
Los Angeles Olympics; full-scale presentation of the "CIVIL WarS" cancelled through shortage of funds, April.
1985
Wreck of RMS Titanic discovered, September 1; death of sister Hazel, October.
1986
"Sub Rosa" (ensemble; after Bill Frisell), performed Gent, November.
1987
Death of Morton Feldman, September 3.
1988
Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland; Bill Cadman is one of 270 victims, December 21.
1989
"Alaric I or II" (saxophone quartet), performed Leicester, October.
1990
Channel 4 (UK) broadcasts television documentary on GB’s work, produced by David Rowan (d. 2003).
1991
"String Quartet No 2", performed Huddersfield, December.
1992
Death of John Cage, August 12.
1993
Point Recording of "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet", with vocals by Tom Waits (b. 1949) is nominated for Mercury Music Prize.
1994
Schott becomes GB’s music publisher.
1995
"Cello Concerto" (Farewell to Philosophy) , performed London, November.
1996
"The Adnan Songbook" (soprano, ensemble), performed Almeida Festival, London, July.
1997
Projected ENO premiere of opera "Dr Ox's Experiment", with libretto by poet Blake Morrison (b.1950), is cancelled.
1998
Lockerbie Memorial Concert, December 21
1999
"Creation Hymn" (choir, orchestra), Billesdon, Leicestershire, December.
String Quartet No 3, performed Cheltenham, July
2000
Broadcast of West German tv portrait
2001
GB starts own imprint GB Records, with recording of "BIPED", for the Merce Cunningham company
2002
Death of Earle Brown (b. 1926)
2003
"Double Bass Concerto" (Farewell to St. Petersburg), performed Glasgow, September
2004
"Third Book of Madrigals" (soprano, tenor; after Petrarch), performed Huddersfield, November
2005
"From Egil's Saga" (bass voice, opt choir, strings), performed Cambridge, November
2006
Cornelius Cardew 70th birthday memorial event, Cecil Sharp House, London, April
2007
"Creamer Etudes" (ensemble), performed Philadelphia, May; "To Define Happiness" (theatre work for von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn), performed Tallinn, April
2008
GB meets Faroese singer Eivør Palsdottir and conducts work for her and Rúni Brattaberg in Faroe Island
2009
Last survivor of Titanic, Milvina Dean, dies at 97, May
2010
"The Third Light" (strings, for ballet by David Dawson), performed Antwerp, January; "The Solway Canal" (piano Concerto)
2011
Queens Park Rangers win League Championship; promoted to Premier League
2012
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra present "The Voice of St Columba" with the Hilliard Ensemble as part of their farewell year
2013
"Marilyn Forever" premieres at the McPherson Playhouse, Victoria (Canada), commissioned and presented by Aventa, starring Eivør Pálsdóttir as Marilyn
Conductor: Johannes Fischer
Orchestra: Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Schleswig-Holstein
2018-09-23 | Lübeck (Germany), Musikhochschule
2018-09-26 | Angers (France), Le Quai CDN
2018-09-27 | Angers (France), Le Quai CDN
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-09-28 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Linville
Orchestra: New World Symphony
2018-09-29 | Miami Beach, FL (United States of America), New World Center — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-09-29 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 14:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-02 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-04 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
2018-10-06 | Lucca (Italy), La Tenuta dello Scompiglio
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-10 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:30
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-12 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-17 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-20 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 14:00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Belmont Filmhouse — 21:00
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2019-01-10 | (France), Théâtre de Laval
2019-01-22 | La Roche-sur-Yon (France), Le Grand R
2019-03-12 | Le Havre (France), Le Volcan
2019-03-14 | Arques (France), La Barcarolle

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  1. The Solway Canal

    The Solway Canal

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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Volume number: Vol. 3
    Instrumentation: male Choir
    Edition: choral score
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  2. A Place of Many Waters

    A Place of Many Waters

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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Volume number: Vol. 3
    Instrumentation: male Choir
    Edition: choral score
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  3. Alaric I or II

    Alaric I or II

    for saxophone quartet
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: saxophone-Quartett
    Edition: score and parts
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  4. Laude Cortonese

    Laude Cortonese

    for unaccompanied female voices
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Volume number: Vol. 1
    Instrumentation: soprano solo and 3 sopranos
    Edition: score
    Language: Italian
    Order No.: ED 12779 Q6170
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  5. Laude Cortonese

    Laude Cortonese

    for mixed voices a capella
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Volume number: Vol. 2
    Instrumentation: mixed voices a cappella
    Edition: score
    Language: Italian
    Order No.: ED 12780 Q6171
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  6. Allegrasco

    Allegrasco

    for soprano saxophone or clarinet and ensemble
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: soprano saxophone or clarinet and percussion, piano, electric guitar, violin and double bass
    Edition: study score
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  7. Super Flumina

    Super Flumina

    for four unaccompanied voices or male choir (CtenTTBar)
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: countertenor, 2 tenors and baritone; solo voices or men's choir
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: ED 12785 Q6253
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  8. Allegrasco

    Allegrasco

    for soprano saxophone or clarinet and piano
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: soprano saxophone (clarinet) and piano
    Edition: score and part
    Order No.: ED 12877 Q6303
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  9. Second Book of Madrigals

    Second Book of Madrigals

    for six voices
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SSATTBar)
    Language: Italian
    Order No.: ED 12786 Q6323
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  10. The North Shore

    The North Shore

    for cello and piano
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    Composer: Bryars, Gavin
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: ED 12926 Q6359
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... The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit and is deeply moving. He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle. With a third ear maybe... Michael Ondaatj

Gavin Bryars studied philosophy at Sheffield University and became a professional jazz bassist and a pioneer of free improvisation, working especially with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. In the late 1960s he worked with John Cage and this influenced early works such as the indeterminately scored The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and the iconic Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971). From 1969 to 1978 he taught in departments of Fine Art at Portsmouth College of Artand Leicester Polytechnic, where he founded the department of music. He collaborated frequently with visual artists such as Bruce McLean, Tim Head, James Hugonin, Bill Woodrow, Will Alsop, and Juan Muñoz with whom he wrote A Man in a Room, Gambling (1992/2005), and made installations and performance art for Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives, Chateau d'Oiron and other galleries.

 

Bryars’ catalogue includes an extensive body of works for dance. Numerous choreographers have been drawn to his music, and he has collaborated on new works with the likes of Lucinda Child, Laurie Booth, William Forsyth, and David Dawson. In 1999 he wrote BIPED with Merce Cunningham, and in 2002 he worked with Carolyn Carlson on Writings on Water for the Venice Biennale, which included The North Shore for solo viola, piano and strings, In Nomine (after Purcell) for strings, and the Violin Concerto "The Bulls of Bashan" among other works. In recent years Bryars has worked with Edouard Lock on a number of projects including The Third Light (2009), which is regularly performed, Amjad (2007) which toured internationally for two years and 11th Floor (2014) for Cullberg Ballet.

Bryars' opera Medea(1984) was not only his first stage work but also his first work using orchestral forces, and among his first works for voice. Premièred at the Opéra de Lyon and Opéra de Paris and directed by Robert Wilson), it achieved critical success and led Bryars down a new compositional path. He has since written three further operas, two with libretti by his long time collaborator Blake Morrison: Doctor Ox's Experiment (English National Opera 1998, directed by Atom Egoyan, & also at Theater Dortmund, 1999), and G (2001-2, directed by Georges Delnon), commissioned by the Staatstheater Mainz for the Gutenberg 600th anniversary. Bryars’ has written two chamber operas: The Paper Nautilus (2006) which was premiered by Theatre Cryptic, with further productions at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Long Beach Opera, and Marilyn Forever (2010-13), presented by Aventa Ensemble in autumn 2013 in Victoria, Canada, with further productions at the Adelaide Festival where he was Composer in Residence in February 2015 and at Long Beach Opera the following month. Bryars’ most recent opera The Collected Works of Billy the Kid(2018) premiered in March 2018 presented by Percussion Clavier de Lyon in production with Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, and subsequently toured through France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary.

Bryars is particularly drawn to music for voice, resulting in a rich catalogue of choral and vocal works. Several fruitful collaborations with the Latvian Radio Choir and Estonian Male Voice Choir resulted in recordings on Bryars’ own label, GB Records. For many years he has worked with early music performers on successive Books of Madrigals: Book One for The Hilliard Ensemble (1998-2000, texts by Blake Morrison), Book Two for the Trio Mediaeval Sextet (2001-2, Petrarch sonnets), Book Three for Red Byrd (2003-5, Petrarch, translated by Synge), Book Four (2010, longer Petrarch poems), Book Five (‘I Tatti’ madrigals) in 2013, Book Six in 2015 plus two books of Irish Madrigals. He has written a large number of Laude for soprano Anna Maria Friman based on medieval Italian chants and set Faroese saga poetry in Tróndur í Gøtu for the Faroese bass Rúni Brattaberg following their work together on settings of old Icelandic saga poetry. His collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North, Nothing Like the Sun, toured the UK in 2007. The Fifth Century (2014) for choir and saxophone quartet was premiered by The Crossing and Prism Saxophone Quartet and and an ensuing recording with ECM went on to win a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. The 2018/19 season will see a second new choral work for The Crossing Choir, to be premiered in December 2018.

Bryars has produced a large body of chamber music, much of it written for his own ensemble, and he has written extensively for strings. His catalogue includes concertos for violin, viola, cello, double bass (plus one for jazz bass), saxophone, bass oboe and piano.

His work has been widely recorded on labels including ECM, Hyperion, Point, Philips, Argo, Touch, Mode, and his own GB Records.

Gavin Bryars - website

Works
Chronology
1898
Morgan Robertson publishes "Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan"
1907
Mother Miriam Eleanor Hopley (housewife, amateur cellist), born June
1910
Raymond Roussel’s "Locus Solus" published
1912
RMS Titanic sinks on maiden voyage at 41° 43.5’N 49° 56.8’W, North Atlantic, April 14/15
1914
Raymond Roussel’s "Impressions d’Afrique" published
1918
Marcel Duchamp gives up art for chess
1930
Sister Pamela born January
1931
Sister Hazel born September
1933
Death of Raymond Roussel, July 14
1935
Brother Andrew born September
1940
Death of Goole-born marine artist Reuben Chappell (b. 1870)
1943
"New Complexity" composer Brian Ferneyhough born, also January 16; GB points to the differences in their upbringings: "Ferneyhough was born in Coventry, which was subject to heavy German bombing, whereas I was brought up in Goole, where the only wartime incident was when two RAF planes collided over the river. I became a kind of laid-back English ironist and he became a hard-line European modernist"
1944
Brother Quentin born, May
1946
"My first clear memory is of my mother practising the cello."
1948
Collège de "Pataphysique" founded
1950
Death of Gerald Tyrwhitt(-Wilson), Lord Berners (b. 1883)
1952
John Cage’s "4’33"
1954
Encounters the work of Jules Verne
1955
Walter Lord publishes "A Night to Remember", about Titanic sinking; subsequently filmed
1956
Death in Glasgow of Harold Bride, junior wireless officer, RMS Titanic, April 29
1957
Goole AFC reach third round of F.A. Cup before going down to Nottingham Forest
1958
Death of composer Joseph Holbrooke (b. 1878)
1960
Foundation of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), as a branch of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, November
1961
George Maciunas (1931-1978) uses Fluxus name for first time
1961-64
Studies philosophy, University of Sheffield, to 1964
1962
GB meets guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005), drummer Tony Oxley (b. 1938) and pianist Gerry Rollinson (b. 1938)
1963
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) begins his open-form piece "Treatise" (1963-1967)
1964
Forms trio Joseph Holbrooke with Bailey and Oxley, autumn
1964-66
Studies bass at Northern School of Music, to 1966; freelance bassist
1965
Improvising group AMM (not an acronym) formed by saxophonist Lou Gare (b. 1939), percussionist Eddie Prévost (b. 1942) and guitarist Keith Rowe (b. 1940), with Cornelius Cardew and Christopher Hobbs joining later
1966
Yoko Ono meets John Lennon under her piece "Hammer a Nail" at Indica Gallery, London, November 9
1967
AMM records iconic The Crypt sessions, June/July
1968
Promenade Theatre Orchestra formed by composer John White (b. 1936): GB says, "John is one of the great living composers, a real unsung hero, an absolute genius".
1969
Cage’s "HPSCHD", with contributions by GB, premiered at Champaign-Urbana.
1970
Harold Budd (b. 1936) creates "The Candy Apple Revision", D♭ chord for any instrumentation), subsequently records with Bryars for Obscure.
1971
"1, 1, 1-2-3-4" (unspecified), performed Liverpool.
1972
Centenary of first publication of Jules Verne’s (1828-1905) "Une fantaisie du docteur Ox".
1973
Gavin Bryars' Mother remarries, Dr Sidney Appleton, July and Michael Nyman (b. 1944) publishes Experimental Music: "Cage and Beyond".
1974
Meets American composer John Adams (b. 1947) following a year-long correspondence and works with him in San Francisco.
1975
"Ponukelian Melody" (ensemble), performed Lucy Milton Gallery, London, May; later revised.
1976
Death of novelist and pataphysician Raymond Queneau (b. 1903); director Peter Greenaway (b. 1942) makes a film called "Goole By Numbers".
1977
"Garden furniture" concert organised by John White at Air Gallery, London, inspires "Poggioli in Zaleski's Gazebo".
1978
Death of stepfather Dr Appleton, July.
1979
"The Cross-Channel Ferry" (ensemble, "elastic scoring"), performed Paris, November.
1980
Death of pianist Bill Evans, September 15.
1981
Death in hit-and-run accident of Cornelius Cardew, December 13.
1982
Birth of second daughter Orlanda, December 4.
1983
"Les Fiançailles" (ensemble), performed Vienna, May; "Allegrasco" (instrumental), performed Leicester, December.
1984
Los Angeles Olympics; full-scale presentation of the "CIVIL WarS" cancelled through shortage of funds, April.
1985
Wreck of RMS Titanic discovered, September 1; death of sister Hazel, October.
1986
"Sub Rosa" (ensemble; after Bill Frisell), performed Gent, November.
1987
Death of Morton Feldman, September 3.
1988
Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland; Bill Cadman is one of 270 victims, December 21.
1989
"Alaric I or II" (saxophone quartet), performed Leicester, October.
1990
Channel 4 (UK) broadcasts television documentary on GB’s work, produced by David Rowan (d. 2003).
1991
"String Quartet No 2", performed Huddersfield, December.
1992
Death of John Cage, August 12.
1993
Point Recording of "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet", with vocals by Tom Waits (b. 1949) is nominated for Mercury Music Prize.
1994
Schott becomes GB’s music publisher.
1995
"Cello Concerto" (Farewell to Philosophy) , performed London, November.
1996
"The Adnan Songbook" (soprano, ensemble), performed Almeida Festival, London, July.
1997
Projected ENO premiere of opera "Dr Ox's Experiment", with libretto by poet Blake Morrison (b.1950), is cancelled.
1998
Lockerbie Memorial Concert, December 21
1999
"Creation Hymn" (choir, orchestra), Billesdon, Leicestershire, December.
String Quartet No 3, performed Cheltenham, July
2000
Broadcast of West German tv portrait
2001
GB starts own imprint GB Records, with recording of "BIPED", for the Merce Cunningham company
2002
Death of Earle Brown (b. 1926)
2003
"Double Bass Concerto" (Farewell to St. Petersburg), performed Glasgow, September
2004
"Third Book of Madrigals" (soprano, tenor; after Petrarch), performed Huddersfield, November
2005
"From Egil's Saga" (bass voice, opt choir, strings), performed Cambridge, November
2006
Cornelius Cardew 70th birthday memorial event, Cecil Sharp House, London, April
2007
"Creamer Etudes" (ensemble), performed Philadelphia, May; "To Define Happiness" (theatre work for von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn), performed Tallinn, April
2008
GB meets Faroese singer Eivør Palsdottir and conducts work for her and Rúni Brattaberg in Faroe Island
2009
Last survivor of Titanic, Milvina Dean, dies at 97, May
2010
"The Third Light" (strings, for ballet by David Dawson), performed Antwerp, January; "The Solway Canal" (piano Concerto)
2011
Queens Park Rangers win League Championship; promoted to Premier League
2012
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra present "The Voice of St Columba" with the Hilliard Ensemble as part of their farewell year
2013
"Marilyn Forever" premieres at the McPherson Playhouse, Victoria (Canada), commissioned and presented by Aventa, starring Eivør Pálsdóttir as Marilyn
Performances
Conductor: Johannes Fischer
Orchestra: Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Schleswig-Holstein
2018-09-23 | Lübeck (Germany), Musikhochschule
2018-09-26 | Angers (France), Le Quai CDN
2018-09-27 | Angers (France), Le Quai CDN
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-09-28 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Linville
Orchestra: New World Symphony
2018-09-29 | Miami Beach, FL (United States of America), New World Center — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-09-29 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 14:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-02 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-04 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
2018-10-06 | Lucca (Italy), La Tenuta dello Scompiglio
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-10 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:30
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-12 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-17 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Béran
Orchestra: Finnish National Opera Orchestra
2018-10-20 | Helsinki (Finland), Finnish National Opera — 14:00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Den Bosch (Netherlands), Verkade Factory — 21.00
2018-11-03 | Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Belmont Filmhouse — 21:00
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-04 | Den Haag (Netherlands)
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-25 | Cork (Ireland), Triskel Arts Centre — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2018-11-26 | Dublin (Ireland), National Concert Hall — 20:00
2019-01-10 | (France), Théâtre de Laval
2019-01-22 | La Roche-sur-Yon (France), Le Grand R
2019-03-12 | Le Havre (France), Le Volcan
2019-03-14 | Arques (France), La Barcarolle
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