A special concert bringing the Mountains and Waves weekend to a close, with a rare performance of Steve Reich’s seminal work Drumming, and the world premiere of Wave Movements by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National).
Inspired directly by the sounds and rhythms of the ocean waves, Wave Movements evokes and mimics the vast cycles of the seas.
With the skeleton for the composition stemming directly from field recordings of the world's seashores, an oceanic mass is created from soaring strings, in which musical flourishes appear to surprise the listener and reflect the restless nature of the waves.
Written by Richard Reedy Parry and Bryce Dessner, this moving new piece will be performed here for the first time by Britten Sinfonia conducted by Clark Rundell, in synch to a film made by the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, using his series of Seascapes.
Maddy Prior,’s folk vocal rounds off the performance, providing a single voice singing alone out on the ocean, casting a subtle narrative light over the whole piece.
‘Wave patterns occur repeatedly but intermittently and never exactly the same way twice; despite constantly shifting, to listen to ocean waves is usually completely hypnotic.’ – Parry
This concert will close with a rare performance of Steve Reich’s seminal, and highly influential, Drumming by So Percussion, an ensemble who have made the piece their own in recent years. They will be joined by theMeehan/ Perkins Duo and members of eighth blackbird.
Wave Movements composed by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner
Images by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Commissioned by Barbican Centre in collaboration with MET Museum Presents for the NY Philharmonic Contact Ensemble, Edinburgh International Festival, Cork Opera House, Sydney Festival and St. Denis Festival
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