The Sinking of The Titanic

Gavin Bryars Ensemble & Philip Jeck

15 April 2012 / 20:00

£15 - 25

subject to availability
 sold out

A timeless and moving musical experience to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

Composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno’s Obscure label, Gavin BryarsThe Sinking of the Titanic was inspired by reports that the ship’s string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912.

Throughout the 72 minute piece Bryars and the ensemble weave refrains from Autumn with layers of Jeck’s sample-based materials, creating, at times, clamouring waves of sound that suggest the great engines and massive bulk of the vessel and the ocean that swallowed it. The result is a heart-achingly intimate and direct work.

Featuring projection design by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder.

'Devastatingly poignant.' Uncut ★★★★★

The Sinking of the Titanic
Composed by Gavin Bryars
Performed by Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Philip Jeck
on turntables
Projection design by Bill Morrison & Laurie Olinder

Gavin Bryars and Philip Jeck introduce the project in our February 2012 podcast

Pre-concert talk
Fountain Room, 7.15pm
Gavin Bryars in conversation with Brian Morton
Free to The Sinking of the Titanic ticket-holders

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Part of Summer Music 2012

Produced by the Barbican in association with Forma

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