22nd MAY 2020, 19.00-20.00
PERFORMANCE SPACE, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON
(AS PART OF CITY SUMMER SOUNDS FESTIVAL)
48 Hours is a Vonnegut Collective project running throughout 2020. During this time the collective will learn, rehearse, perform and record the piano quintet by Thomas Adès. It takes forty-eight hours to rehearse this piece and we wanted to mine that rich and fascinating process of all its creative opportunities. We have invited composer, Tullis Rennie, to attend those rehearsals, record them, and then make a new piece of music which gives an artistic impression of that forty-eight-hour trajectory and an honest representation of the ensemble’s journey as they grapple with this complex and remarkable piece.
Rennie’s new piece will incorporate live performance, recorded sounds from the rehearsals and in conversation with ensemble members around them. We hope that presenting these two works side-by-side will go some way towards connecting new audiences with new music and the people who make it, in a unique, positive and enriching way.
48 Hours – Tullis Rennie (2020) (c.20 mins) for piano quintet, trumpet and recorded sound
Piano Quintet – Thomas Adès (2000) (c. 20 mins)
Post-performance discussion and Q&A (c. 10 mins)
Violin 1 – Caroline Pether
Violin 2 – Gemma Bass
Viola – Kay Stephen
Cello – Paul Grennan
Piano – Ben Powell
Trumpet – Gary Farr
Composition and electronics – Tullis Rennie
With thanks to all our supporters, our Crowdfunder was successful! We are still trying to raise money for this project, so you would like to contribute to our ongoing funding, please go to our Support Us page. Anything that we raise this year will go to 48 Hours – Adès/Rennie.
We will be launching our first album with these works, and bringing it to you with our Living-Room Listens in Autumn 2020.
This project is generously funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.