Date(s) - 05/18/2022 - 05/22/2022
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Not only is Gavin Bryars one of my favourite composers, but he’s now also one of my favourite human beings. Thanks for a life changing experience.
(Sunny Lazic, participant in Gavin’s 2018 & 2019 workshops)
Gavin Bryars is without a doubt one of the world’s most celebrated living composers. He emerged to the musical establishment in the early sixties, playing bass with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley – his relationship with improvisation, although of some significance, was short lived, and by the late 60’s he was working with John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White. His first major works – The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), originally released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) – were released in new versions in the 1990s, selling over a quarter of a million copies.
This course does not take a narrow dogmatic line, but rather will take Gavin’s work as a starting point to examine compositional forms and strategies, working closely with the group members’ existing practice and methods, and with the aim of each student developing a finished work for performance at the end of the session. Participants from all musical backgrounds are welcome, whether classically trained, improvisors, sound artists, installation artists, conceptual artists or favouring any other approach. Bring works in progress to be developed; or start on something new whether alone or collectively. Develop new projects and ideas using CAMP’s resources, or work with the extraordinary natural environment.
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