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Into the Vortex: Kings Place

  • Kings Place, London (map)
 Image - Cathy Pyle

Image - Cathy Pyle


Kings Place, London

Fausto Romitelli La sabbia del tempo
Olivier Messiaen Preludes (selection)
Lisa Illean Weather a Rare Blue (World premiere, Explore Ensemble Commission)
Gérard Grisey Vortex Temporum

Vortex Temporum is the late masterwork of pioneering spectralist Gérard Grisey, fulfilling his vision of a music that transfigures our experience of time. Symphonic in sonic wealth and scale, with lush spectral harmonies and feverish dance-like rhythms, its three movements were imagined as adventures through three time-frames: ‘normal’, human time, the ‘expanded’ time of whales and the ‘compressed’ time of birds.

Paired with Grisey is one of his students, Fausto Romitelli, whose La sabbia del tempo (The Sands of Time) is similarly inspired by the rich granularity of sound and time, and a brand-new work from Australian composer Lisa Illean, herself inspired by Grisey.

Earlier Event: May 16
Oxford Rendezvous: Joanna Bailie
Later Event: November 19
Into the Vortex: Oxford