Preview: Graphic Scores UK Tour. 3-11 October 2013

A page from Wadada Leo Smith’s Luminous Axis 

From the 3rd to the 11th of October 2013, Sound UK are presenting a English tour of composed and improvised music, realised with the use of graphic scores.

The Arts Council supported project will feature musicians like, Oliver Coates, Elaine Mitchener, Tom Arthurs and electronics artist Isambard Khroustaliov under the direction of band leader/pianist Joanna MacGregor.

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The programme charts the story of graphic scores from John Cage’s Water Music, and George Crumb’s Makrokosmos to music by Pulitzer Prize winner Wadada Leo Smith (Luminous Axis), Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise, Jenifer Walshe’s fantastically named THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS/AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE the score to which is printed on a t-shirt and requires performers to skateboard, and more.

Throughout the tour, the concerts will be accompanied by illustrated talks by Theresa Sauer from the Notations 21 project (which was the inspiration for the tour) and the tour will feature several works from former composer/artist Tom Phillips (who will be making an appearance at the Southampton and London concerts).


3 October: Southampton, Turner Sims
8pm, £20 (£19 conc / £18 friends / £10 students), turnersims.co.uk, 023 8059 5151
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer and Tom Phillips RA at 7pm, free to ticket holders

4 October, Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
7.30pm, £12 (conc avail), rncm.ac.uk, 0161 907 5555
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer at 6.30pm, free to ticket holders

5 October, Gateshead, Sage Gateshead
8pm, £19.50, sagegateshead.com, 0191 443 4661
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer at 7pm, free to ticket holders

6 October, London, LSO St Luke’s
7.30pm£22 (£19 conc) / £15 (£12.50 conc) / £10, lso.co.uk/lso-st-luke-s, 020 7638 8891
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer and Tom Phillips RA at 6.45pm, free to ticket holders

10 October, Leeds, Howard Assembly Room
7.30pm, £12.50 (conc avail), howardassemblyroom.co.uk, 0844 848 2727
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer at 6.15pm, free to ticket holders

11 October, Oxford, St John The Evangelist Oxford
(promoted by Oxford Contemporary Music) 8pm, £17 (£15 conc), £14 (£10 conc), ocmevents.org, 01865 305 305
pre-concert talk with Theresa Sauer at 7pm, free to ticket holders

Funded by: Arts Council England, RVW Trust, Hinrichsin Trust

More information HERE / More about Luminous Axis on Wadada Leo Smith’s website.

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