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Into the Vortex: Kings Place

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Lisa Illean (Image, Cathy Pyle)

Lisa Illean (Image, Cathy Pyle)



30 September 2018
Hall One, Kings Place, London
Part of Kings Place's TIME Unwrapped series

6pm Pre-concert talk with Julian Anderson and Nicholas Moroz

Fausto Romitelli La sabbia del tempo
Olivier Messiaen Preludes (selection)
Lisa Illean Weather a Rare Blue (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  a brand-new work for ensemble and electronics from Australian composer Lisa Illean, herself inspired by Grisey.


With the generous support of the Hinrichsen Foundation; Acción Cultural Española's (AC/E) Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants; and Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Sacem, the British Council, the French Ministry of Culture, the Bureau Export, the Institut français and the Friends of the French Institute Trust; and the Hinrichsen Foundation.

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