Mountains and Waves: Session Six

Steve Reich: Drumming + Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner: Wave Movements

10 May 2015 / 19:30

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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 the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and members of eighth blackbird.

After this event there will be a free performance on the Club stage in the foyer

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Bryce Dessner's official website

Richard Reed Parry's official website

So Percussion's official website

Hiroshi Sugimoto's official website

Britten Sinfonia's official website

So Percussion:
Eric Cha-Beach
Josh Quillen
Adam Sliwinski
Jason Treuting

Britten Sinfonia conducted by Clark Rundell

This event is part of:
Mountains and Waves
Contemporary Music concerts
Britten Sinfonia 2014–15

Produced by the Barbican

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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