New Date – Organ Reframed: In Conversation
Derek Walmsley with Chris Watson and Claire M Singer
Fri 4 September 2020
Doors open: 17:45
£5* adv + cmsn (Festival Pass £20)
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
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This show is the rescheduled date for the cancelled performance on 28 March 2020. Tickets purchased for the original date will be accepted. If you cannot make the new date, a refund will be available from point of purchase. Please contact us if you require a refund by email to [email protected]
Derek Walmsley, editor of The Wire Magazine will lead Chris Watson and Claire M Singer in conversation. Together they will explore the creative processes that lead to Voci del Vento, an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole composed by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer.
Voci del Vento by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer
In a world-premiere, award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson (David Attenborough’s long-term collaborator on the ‘Life’ series and recent collaborator on Chernobyl by Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir) and award-winning composer Claire M Singer (known for her experimental approach to organ and her critically acclaimed releases on Touch) will present their new, multichannel diffusion work for field recordings, organ, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir.
“I’m genuinely excited by the prospect of collaborating with Claire and the LCO in creating a global journey through a range of acoustic landscapes” – Chris Watson
The composition will incorporate the soundscapes of habitats northwards from Antarctica to the Arctic captured by Watson processed and diffused live over a multi channel set up brought in specially for the event with a live score from Singer echoing a musical response to the sound and spirit of each location. Together the music featuring brass, strings, voice, electronics and organ located around the chapel and Watson’s field recordings interweave taking the listener on an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole. Both on the 39 year running innovative audio-visual label Touch, this is Watson and Singer’s first collaboration. Separately known to draw inspiration from their deep connection with space and place their two sound worlds are merged together for one night at the internationally renowned festival of experimental organ music, now in its fourth year. There is a ticketed pre-concert Q&A with Watson and Singer led by Wire magazine’s Editor Derek Walmsley, exploring the process of writing the new work.
“Chris’ field recordings are extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. They project a strong sense of place full of intricate melodies and abstract textures. It is hugely exciting to create a musical response to these masterpieces with Union Chapel’s great 1877 Henry Willis organ and the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir” – Claire M Singer
Organ Reframed 2020 is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Spitfire Audio and The Wire Magazine with generous support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and the Institute of Physics.
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- Organ Reframed: Anna von Hausswolff + Abul Mogard + Ipek Gorgun
- Organ Reframed: In Conversation
- Organ Reframed: Chris Watson and Claire M Singer
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