Adelaide Festival 2015


February 27, 2015


Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide Festival

Gavin Bryars is the guest composer for the 2015 Adfelaide Festival, which will feature a wide range of his works. There is a summary of the concerts here, and individual concerts have their own individual entry in the web site calendar.

Marilyn Forever, chamber opera February 27, 28, March 1

Anne Grimm, soprano; Richard Morris, baritone

On stage jazz trio: Julien Wilson, Tenor saxophone; Robert Holliston, piano; Gavin Bryars, double bass

Aventa Ensemble (Canada),

Conducted by Bill Linwood


GB Ensemble Programme 1 March 3

Lauda Dolçe I (2008) solo cello, electric guitar, double bass

Lauda 4 “Oi me lasso” (2002) soprano and tenor

Lauda 13 “Stomme Allegro” soprano, tenor, ensemble

Lauda 19 “Omne Homo” soprano, tenor, electric guitar, bass

The Flower of Friendship (2009) – electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass

From The Morrison Songbook (2012-4) soprano, tenor, electric guitar, ensemble


Lauda con sordino (2009) solo viola, electric guitar, piano

Lauda 42 “Salutiam devotamente” soprano, tenor, ensemble

From the Irish Madrigals (2004) soprano, tenor, 2 violas, cello, bass, acoustic guitar

Lauda 28 “Amor dolce senza pare” (2006) soprano, electric guitar, tenor, viola, cello, bass

Peyee Chen, Soprano; John Potter, Tenor; Morgan Goff viola; Imants Larsens, viola; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass, piano


GB Ensemble Programme 2 (with additional Australian performers)

Part 1

3 songs from Second Book of Madrigals (2002)

It Never Rains (2010) – electric guitar, viola, cello, bass

Lauda 38 (2009) – SATB, electric guitar, viola, cello, bass

From Sixth Book of Madrigals (new works) 2014-15 

(The Song Company, Australia +GB Ensemble))

first interval

Part 2

Nothing like the Sun (2007) c.52′

Eight Shakespeare sonnet settings (sonnets 60, 123, 128, 94,102, 146, 55, 64)

Peyee Chen, Soprano; John Potter, Tenor; Morgan Goff viola; James Woodrow, electric and acoustic guitars Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass; Speaking voice, Gavin Friday +Australians: Anna Coleman, Clarinet/ bass clarinet; Rebecca Lagos, Percussion (includes cimbalom); Imants Larsens, viola; Roland Peelman, Piano          

second interval

Part 3

“Mercy and Grand” (Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan arr. Gavin Bryars)

A Little Drop of Poison


Whistle Down the Wind

A Little Rain

You’re Innocent When You Dream


Georgia Lee

Train Song

Barbara Allan

The Briar and the Rose


Jess Walker, voice; Gavin Bryars, Bass/harmonium; James Woodrow, Electric guitar; Morgan Goff, violin, Nick Cooper, cello +  Australian players: Rebecca Lagos, percussion; Roland Peelman, Piano/harmonium; Julien Wilson, Tenor sax/bass clarinet; James Crabb, accordion


Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (conductor GB)

Soloists: Anna Fraser, soprano; Alex Knight, bass

Conductor: Gavin Bryars

Part 1

Howard Skempton: Lento (1991) – full orchestra

Bryars: The Porazzi Fragment for 21 solo strings (1999)

Arvo Pärt: If Bach had been a beekeeper  – orchestra

Bryars: Ennelina’s aria from G – Anna Fraser, soprano

Bryars: Epilogue from G  – Alex Knight, bass


Part 2 

Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet  – full orchestra



Roland Peelman with Song Company_Madrigals
GB with Song Company

Gavin Bryars