How was it for you?


Occasional Writings
November 29, 1996


To: Rob Young, Deputy Editor

Date: November 29th

My manager Jane Quinn passed on to me a fax asking for a short piece for your January issue (1996 – How was it for you?). Hope this is useful.

1996 has been a very good year in many ways. I’ve spent most of this year working on my new opera for ENO, Doctor Ox’s Experiment. Because of this I’ve done less playing with my ensemble than usual but we did do a couple of concerts in Austria, as well as spending a week at AIR Studios recording a new album for release next year on Point. I took a little time out from the opera at the beginning of the summer to write a group of songs, Adnan Songbook, setting 8 love poems by Etel Adnan. These were sung by Valdine Anderson with my ensemble at the Almeida and again in Canada with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra.

The other major thing was the release of my album Farewell to Philosophy in September. When I was in Paris doing some interviews for this, I had chance to see a wonderful film by Philippe Collin, Les Dernière Jours d’Emannuel Kant, starring the late David Warrilow which I’d love to see over here. The thing I’ve most enjoyed seeing in England was the magical Cercle Invisible at the end of the year. I also managed a holiday with my daughters in Venice, where I’ve been going every year for the last 20 years or so, and was persuaded, finally, to take a gondola ride….

Gavin Bryars

Gavin Bryars