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Union Chapel hosts an evening of instrumental improvisation, including the world premiere of Bryn Harrison’s To Shadow, with organ, cellos and gamelan

01 February, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Composer Bryn Harrison

Come and hear fresh sounds, live group sessions and DJ sets in an evening of music improvisation at the Union Chapel, Islington, next Wednesday evening (February 7).

Performing are the Tre Voci cello ensemble, award-winning jazz pianist/organist Kit Downes and Indones­ian percussion ensemble, the Southbank Gamelan Players.

The programme includes the world premiere of Huddersfield composer Bryn Harrison’s 35-minute work To Shadow. In the piece, each instrumental grouping – organ, three cellos and four gamelan instruments – performs as a shadow of each other. Lines are shared and ghosted, rising and disappearing, in close succession.

“The material is highly repetitive and transforms over time, drawing the listener further and further into the fabric of the music. Working with such an unusual combination of instruments – organ, three cellos and gamelan – has been a huge challenge,” says Bryn Harrison.

“Each instrumental grouping inhabits its own timbral world and there are other issues such as the difference between tempered and non-tempered tuning systems.”

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN, 7.30pm, £12/cons £8, 020 7226 1686, https://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/2018-02-07-union-chapel

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