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Grey Area Performs: Hugh Davies, Stockhausen, Christian Wolff, Owen Green

A rare opportunity to hear performances of works by Hugh Davies and other avant-garde repertoire from the late 1960s. The programme will include Davies’s Quintet (1969) and Music for a Single Spring (1975), Verbindung (Connection) and Intensität (Intensity) from Stockhausen’s Aus den sieben Tagen (From the Seven Days, 1968), Wolff’s Edges (1968), and a more recent work by Owen Green for amplified cardboard box. Many of these works were performed by Davies’s own ensemble, Gentle Fire, in the 1970s. On this occasion they will be performed by Grey Area, an Edinburgh-based ensemble specialising in the use of live electronics and acoustic instruments.

This concert is being staged as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘Hugh Davies: Electronic Music Innovator’, led by Dr James Mooney of the School of Music, University of Leeds. More info on the Hugh Davies Project: http://hughdaviesproject.wordpress.com

About the ensemble: Grey Area was formed in 2011, with an initial focus on Stockhausen’s ‘Intuitive Music’ works Aus den sieben Tagen and Für Kommende Zeiten. The group has gone on to work with a range of structured improvisations by composers such as Christian Wolff, Cornelius Cardew, Hugh Davies, and Tim Souster, as well as free improvisation and original and collaborative pieces and processes by members of the ensemble. One of the group’s principal interests is in distributed creativity, and the ideas of authorship, agency, and emergence are never far away from Grey Area’s music practice. Regular players are Shiori Usui, Nikki Moran, Armin Sturm, Owen Green, Emma Lloyd, and Sean Williams, with guest players including Sue MacKenzie and Dave Murray-Rust.

Pre-concert talk – 6:30pm

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds

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