At Portage and Main
November 13, 2009

Les Percussion Claviers de Lyon, Salle Varèse, Conservatoire de Lyon, France

I had been commissioned to write a piece for tuned percussion quintet by my old friend Gérard Lecointe, who plays in my ensemble. The quintet was formed when I needed five tuned percussionists as part of the orchestration of my first opera Medea, which was premiered in Lyon in 1984, and this is the 25th anniversary of the group (Gérard is the only original member remaining). I worked with the group for a couple of days and the performance was very good. It was then performed subsequently in other cities. We discussed an album of this piece, along with One Last Bar The Joe Can Sing, which I had written for Nexus, and New York, the concerto for percussion quintet and chamber orchestra, which was performed in 2004. This album will probably be recorded next spring and released in autumn 2010.

Gavin Bryars