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From Q2 Music: “Never Failed Us Yet – Exploring the Many Colors of Gavin Bryars’s Musical Universe”

Thursday, April 14, 2011
By Alex Ambrose

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Gavin Bryars (Alex Ambrose)

“Not since Maximum Reich and JacobTV on the Radio has Q2 devoted such extensive programming to the sound world of one composer, but beginning today, April 14, we’re proud to launch our third immersive, multimedia deep-dive into the mind and music of one composer, Gavin Bryars. Each day, from April 14-20, we spotlight a different aspect of his mesmerizing and unique style.

Every day includes insights provided by Bryars himself to many of the featured pieces. We hope you’ll join us for the festival!

Thursday, April 14: The Sinking of the Titanic. We begin with the first piece in Bryars’s now extensive catalogue: The Sinking of the Titanic from 1969. Throughout the day, hear multiple versions of this meditation on the circumstances surrounding the Titanic’s demise back in the early morning of April 15, 1912. Hear versions from the Gavin Bryars Ensemble; the Smith Quartet as recorded live at the Bang on a Can Marathon; and the Alter Ego recording from the 2005 49th International Festival of Contemporary Music of Venice Biennale. The day culminates with a live version, Webcast from the Guggenheim Museum at 8:50 p.m. ET with the Wordless Music Orchestra.”

For the schedule Friday April 15 – Wednesday April 20, visit the web page http://www.wqxr.org/articles/q2-music/2011/apr/14/never-failed-us-yet/ .

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