SCORE: Trace That Sound
Co-curated by Joe Scarffe and Beth Derbyshire
Saturday 22nd March – Saturday 5th April
8am-8pm (Mon – Fri) 9am-5pm (Sat) 11am-4pm (Sun)
Spotlight Exhibition Area: Library of Birmingham
Free admission – no booking necessary
Sock puppets, playing cards, telephone doodles…. These are just some of the 30 composers’ works on display in SCORE: Trace That Sound, which presents a snapshot of the incredible variety of musical scores that have emerged since the 1950s.
The invention and joy shown by the diversity of scores reflect the desire of composers and performers to find new sounds and collaborative relationships. These new approaches also blur the lines between composer and artist, and require different skills and discipline of musicians. So we follow the diversity of approaches, from scores that also work as visual art towards those that use more conventional forms of music notation.
With an emphasis on pioneering work from New York and Birmingham, and remarkable precedents from Ancient Egypt and Medieval England, the exhibition features pieces by composers ranging from Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros and Howard Skempton, to Elliott Sharp, Claudia Molitor, Janet Boulton and Michael Wolters.
The exhibition is also brought to life by Ringing Out, a specially-made three-dimensional score intervention by artist Beth Derbyshire and composer / artist Andy Ingamells. Balloons are displayed during moments of happiness and celebration, much like the ringing of church bells. The ringing of church bells doesn’t offer the same visual spectacle, though bell ringers use a visual system known as ‘rope sight’ to keep them in sequence. Bellringing takes place away from the gaze of those who hear it, leaving just the sound resonating outwards from the bell tower.
Beth Derbyshire and Andy Ingamells bring ringing out of the towers and into the Library of Birmingham, suspending a giant multi-coloured cluster of helium balloons that can be moved and changed by pulling on long ropes. The changes in the cluster will be read as musical notation by a live choir, filling the library with celebratory sounds. If you would like to ring the cluster, then gather a team of friends and visit the library during the SCORE exhibition.
Ringing Out Performance Times
Saturday March 22nd – 11:20am and 3:20pm
Saturday March 29th – 4:30pm
Monday 31st March – 11.00 am
Saturday April 5th – 3:20 pm
The exhibition also includes postcard scores created by local people, under the guidance of composer Kirsty Devaney. Go to: http://www.frontiersmusic.org/calendar/submit-your-own-postcard-score/ for details of workshops and the opportunities for you to make and submit your own score, a selection of which will be performed at the exhibition at part of the Frontiers Finale on 5 April at 3.30pm.
Performances of works in the exhibition will be given each day, 22 March – 5 April, in the Library at 3:30pm every day.
Frontiers SCORE: Trace that Sound – Concert Schedule
22nd March: Lyell Cresswell – Drones IV; Halim El Dabh – Canine Wisdom
Dan Serjeant, Maya Verlaak, Mark Pringle, Ben Lee, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Ashley Bonfante
23rd March: Wadada Leo Smith – Luminous Axis
Ashley, James Banner, Ben Lee, Mark Pringle, Wilson Leywantono, Paul Zaba
24th March: Gavin Bryars – Made in Hong Kong; Christopher Hobbs – Composition No. 2 (May 1968)
Ben Lee, Andrew Woodhead
25th March: Fred Frith – Zürich; Skylight
Ben Lee, Mark Pringle, Amy Hall, Dan Serjeant
26th March: Theresa Sauer – Circle Series
Dan Serjeant, Maya Verlaak, Andrew Woodhead, Mark Pringle, James Banner, Ben Lee, Ashley
27th March: Erik Christensen – Telephone Pieces
Ben Lee, Mark Pringle, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Maya Verlaak, Amy Hall, Dan Serjeant, Wilson Leywantono, Zach Dawson, Paul Zaba
28th March: Henrik Rasmussen – Threads
James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Maya Verlaak, Zach Dawson, Rob Jones
29th March: Carl Bergstrøm Nielsen – Towards an unbearable lightness
Andrew Woodhead, Mark Pringle, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Maya Verlaak, Amy Hall, Dan Serjeant
30th March: Anton Lukoszevieze – Skraidyti Series; Antanas Kalanavičius; Symphony
Paul Zaba, Maya Verlaak, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Mark Pringle, Ben Lee
31st March: Janet Boulton: Eye Music Series
Joe Scarffe, Samuel Rodgers
1st April: Cornelius Cardew – Treatise (Pages 33 and 35)
Dan Serjeant, Amy Hall, Ben Lee
2nd April: Pauline Oliveros – Text Pieces
Ben Lee, Mark Pringle, Maya Verlaak, Dan Serjeant, Zach Dawson
3rd April: Herbert Brün: Mutatis Mutandis
Mark Pringle, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Maya Verlaak, Amy Hall, Dan Serjeant, Zach Dawson, Paul Zaba
4th April: William Hellermann – Performance Drawings
Ben Lee, Andrew Woodhead, Maya Verlaak, Rob Jones, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan
5th April: René Mogensen – Expression No. 2
Ashley Bonfante, James, Ben Lee, Andrew Woodhead, Mark Pringle, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Wilson Leywantono
SCORE: Trace That Sound – Featured Artists
Adam de la Cour
Brent Michael Davids
R. Murray Schafer
Carl Bergstrøm Nielsen
Ismail Wadada Leo Smith