THE DROUTH has teamed up with SONIC FUSION MUSIC FESTIVAL and the UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD to present a Workshop and Two Concerts at MEDIACITY UK on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April.
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL
2pm-5pm @MCUK 0.06 the EGG Afternoon Workshop on the work of Cornelius Cardew led by Richard Craig and Alex South (click to read the related Drouth article)
‘Sketches towards a Performance of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise’
Richard Craig and Alex South
7:30pm @MCUK 0.11 DPL Evening Concert: Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise
In his Treatise, a graphic score of epic length and visual beauty, Cardew subjects a set of 67 elements (including numerals and symbols of musical notation) to various transformative processes, creating a continuous visuo-musical narrative akin to a novel or symphony in its dramatic scope. Inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus, Treatise is similarly ambitious; but whereas Wittgenstein attempts to untie philosophers from the conceptual knots of their thinking, Cardew attempts to release classical musicians from their often self-imposed constraints and musical habits. Asserting somewhat paradoxically that “the sound should be a picture of the score,” Cardew’s Treatise contains both an invitation to improvise and an admonition to be governed by the score. Occupying him for four years of his short but very intense compositional life, Treatise embodies Cardew’s creative evolution from Stockhausen’s assistant to founder of the Scratch Orchestra, but remains somewhat mysterious in its meaning. “Treatise: What is it?” Cardew wondered in 1965, before answering: “Well, it’s a vertebrate...”.
RICHARD CRAIG on Flutes
PETER NICHOLSON on Cello
ALEX SOUTH on Clarinets
DANIEL PADDEN on Percussion
SATURDAY 28TH APRIL
10:30pm Maxwell Hall UoS Later event: audio-visual concert II
Tonight’s event will feature performances by Gordon Munro and Stephen Davismoon in their recent collaboration Kelman Stories. See a related Drouth article.