Monday, 3 September 2012

Classical Journey Tuesday 4 September 2012 Compagnie Giulia, David Sawyer, Rebecca Willson

Compagnie Giulia
Leicestershire Small Pipes: Julia Thomas
Darbuka: Howard Frey  Bouzouki: Nick Millington
This Tuesday's programme will feature live interviews from start to finish.

Seven talented Devon musicians will be in the studio to discuss their music and future events, with recordings of their work - and live performance in the studio - along the way.

Marc Walpot plays accordion
with Simon Cassell playing bendir

(photo: Marc's website)
First we shall have an hour with the incomparable Totnes mediaeval music group, 'Compagnie Giulia'. Julia Thomas, Howard Frey and Nick Millington will bring their instruments to perform mediaeval music. They will be joined by Marc Walpot on violin.

They will discuss the life of a great Devon musician, the Turkish saz and oud player Simon Cassell, who was a member of Compagnie Giulia until his untimely death in a road traffic collision last year.

Simon was also a member of the Bulgarian Klezmer Group 'Shavali' with Marc Walpot.
Russell Harris plays saz
Middle Eastern Music and
Dance Festival website

Also in the studio will be another saz and oud player, Russell Harris. Simon sang and played with Russell in the Turkish music group, Bazigah.

Find out more about Simon Cassell, and his musical career in the post below.

In addition to mediaeval music by Compagnie Giulia, we will also hear:

music by Shivali - 'Ганкино хоро' (Ganka's Dance) - a complex dance from Northern Bulgaria featuring a sousaphone solo by Ruth Zimmermann, accompanied on darbuka by Simon Cassell

music by Bazigah - 'Civanim Gel' (Come, Civanim) - a haunting Turkish song, vocals by Simon Cassell, with saz/oud accompaniment.

Simon Cassell (1953-2012)

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David Sawyer
demonstrated the acoustic 'sanzakord'
to Soundart presenter Chris Booth
At 11am we will be joined by a somewhat different musician, an Exeter man - David Sawyer. (Apologies to David - this post formally said he is from Totnes. Not so, but he does play various instruments with Sam Richards' Totnes Improvisers Orchestra.)

David will bring a very special instrument that he has invented himself - the 'elektrokord' - and give us a demonstration. The elektrokord has clamped metal keys like a Zimbabwean 'Mbira Dzavadzimu' (voice of the ancestors) - known as 'Sanza' in the seventies when David was developing the instrument. The acoustic version he calls the 'sanzakord'. The elektrokord can be connected to an amplifier to put its volume on a par with the electric guitar and drums of  his band members in the 'Chill Acoustic'.

David and his elektrokord will be in concert with 'The Chill Acoustic' at the Redearth Gallery in Bickleigh on Friday evening
- at the opening of a new exhibition of art dedicated to the memory of Crediton artist Daphne Cartwright - including works by Daphne and her husband Paul, and also David and his wife Christine.

arthaven@redearth gallery Bickleigh
We can see Daphne's work on her website.

Crediton Arts Centre website has details of a celebration of Daphne's life at Sandford Village Hall on Saturday 13 October - see page 6.

Click here for ticket details - full listing below.

In the afternoon of  Friday 24th August (a busy day in Totnes) David was with Sam Richards' 'Totnes Improvisers Orchestra' at St Mary's Church, Totnes, for a rehearsal of their one-hour performance piece, 'Vox Populi' which was also performed, and transmitted live, from the Soundart Radio studio at Dartington Hall at 6pm that evening.

In an unprecedented disaster, all the photos from the church were lost - but we do have a photos of the Soundart broadcast:

Chris Booth
controls the mixer desk
Director Sam Richards
recites poetry
DJs 'XL' from Plymouth
'Scratch for Cash' from Millbrook
create an incredible 'scratch continuo'
XL (who really is 'XL')
also recited from
Wilhelm Barbellion's
'Journal of a Disappointed Man'

Nicci Wonnacott
and members of
'International Women's Art'
wear the bright balaclavas of
Russian band 'Pussy Riot'
for an invasion to protest
the imprisonment of
Nadezdha Tolokonnikova
Yekaterina Samutsevitch
and Maria Aliokhina

apparently texting,
David Sawyer is actually
playing the 'Theremin'.
David's wife Christine Sawyer
holds the sanzakord in readiness.
Beyond, Mike McInerney
with his Korg MS10 !
David Holdsworth
leans into the studio to add
corruscating cornet continuo

Clive Stevens
scintillating soprano sax
singing bowl - magical

Tim Sayer - trumpet

Nicci Wonnacott recites,
accompanied by clarinet

nick bass

electronic keyboard
Tim Sayer ocarina
Sam Richards
electric violin
Lona Kozik
more poetry
Tony Dale

and - rest

Phonic FM presenter
Nicci Wonnacott
leaving a fabulous concert

That really was an amazing concert - watch the Soundart schedules for a repeat broadcast - or send in a request. 

There is a short recording of David playing that acoustic elektrokord at St Mary's church on Facebook - link to Facebook.

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Pianist Rebecca Willson
- Dartington Music Graduate
Tuesday's 'Classical Journey' will end with something equally exciting

Rebecca Willson will join us at 11.30 to tell us about more new music - at the next 'Nonclassical' event, which will be at the Bikeshed Theatre on Sunday 23rd September.

In addition to Rebecca herself (viola), Michael Brailey (violin), Hannah Willson ('cello), Ruth Molins (Flute) and Peter Nickol (piano) there will also be a special guest at the Bikeshed on 23 September - the founder of Nonclassical, Gabriel Prokofiev!

Rebecca will probably also want to tell us about a very different musical venture she's involved in - Western Swing and Hillbilly Jazz with the 'Zazou Cowboys'. Chris Wilkinson's line up of double bass, lead guitar, slide guitar - and Rebecca's violin! They will be in concert at the North Bridge Inn in Exeter, just two days before 'Nonclassical', on Friday 21st September.

We can hear some of Rebecca's modern piano repertoire on the programme:

Rolf Hind: 'Solgata' for prepared piano (1999)

Jonathan Harvey: 'Tombeau de Messiaen' for piano and audio tape (1994)

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That should keep us going for a couple of hours!

Tuesday's journey starts at 10am.

Please tune in!

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Events featured on this week's show:

David Sawyer and the Chill Acoustic
Arthaven@redearth Gallery Bickleigh
Friday 7 September 6-9pm
Exhibition in Memory of Daphne Cartwright
with music by 'The Chill Acoustic'
who played at Gallery 36 on Sunday 22 July
David Sawyer: elektrokord
Russell Frampton: electric guitar
Deborah Hamilton: electric viola
Tony Plato: percussion
arthaven@redearth gallery Bickleigh
Exhibition continues 8-22 September
11am-5.30pm on weekdays, -6pm weekends
Work by 9 artists - including Daphne Cartwright
Information: telephone Steve 07989 343121
Redearth website

Yann Mahdjoub: double bass
Chris Wilkinson: guitar
Willy Briggs: slide guitar
Rebecca Willson: violin
The Zazou Cowboys
North Bridge Inn Exeter
Friday 21 September 8pm
Western Swing
& Hillbilly Jazz
Lead: Chris Wilkinson
Slide: Willy Briggs
Bass: Yann Mahdjoub
Violin: Rebecca Willson
Admission FREE

Zazou Facebook Page

Zazou website

Gabriel Prokofiev
composer & founder
of Nonclassical
Exeter Bikeshed Theatre
Sunday 23 September 7.30pm
A special visit to celebrate year 1
Viola: Rebecca Willson
Flute: Ruth Molins
Violin: Michael Brailey
Piano: Peter Nickol
'Cello: Hannah Willson
Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01392 434169
Bikeshed Theatre website
Nonclassical website

A Celebration of Daphne Cartwright
Daphne Cartwright
Sandford Village Hall
Saturday 13 October 7.30pm
Artist, Tutor, Actor
An event to celebrate the life, times and work
of Daphne Cartwright who most sadly died in June.
Come along and see, listen to and remember
the many sides of a person who inspired and
enriched the lives of so many people
from the local community and much further afield.
A fundraising event for the British Heart Foundation
and Crediton Arts Centre
Tickets: £6  Box: 01363 773260
book online from TicketSource

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Events this week:

Musical Premiere
Station Theatre, Hayling Island (Hampshire)
Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 September 7.45pm
OOPS for Theatre Productions
(original productions for . . . )
present 'For the Love of Undine'
by Chris and Alex Poulton
(Baritone Alex Poulton performed
'Opera through the Ages' with
Wing Wing Lam at St Mary Arches
on 19 October last year - and
Schubert's 'Winterreise' on 23 November
accompanied by Andrew Daldorph
Tickets: £10
Box Office: 02392 718718
Mobile: 07946 740958
Station Theatre website
oopsfortheatre website

David Davies
Organ Recital
Exeter Cathedral
Wednesday 5 September 7.30pm
Assistant Director of Music,
Exeter Cathedral: David Davies
programme TBA
Tickets: £7 (student £3 U18 FREE)
Exeter Cathedral Shop: 01392 271354

Flute: Suki Trussler
Guitar: Alex Knight
Appassionata Guitar and Flute Duo
Temple Church Budleigh (EX9 6NN)
Wednesday 5 September 7.30pm
(repeated Shaldon, 7 Sept - see below)
Guitar: Alex Knight
Flute: Suki Trussler
Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Albeniz, Scarlatti,
Granados, Faure, Ibert, Dompierre and
Piazzolla among others.
Tickets: £10
Budleigh Salterton TIC: 01395 445275
Alex Knight: 01364 644400 / 07896 438242
or wegottickets

'Cello: Mary Harris
Harpsichord: Adrian Davis
Soprano: Louise Turner
Oboe/Cor Anglais: Hazel Todd
St Boniface Concert Society
Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
Thursday 6 September 7.30pm
John Dowland
Peter Philips
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Georg Philipp Telemann
George Frederic Handel
Johann Sebastian Bach
Tickets: £10 (children FREE)
Info: Mrs Isolde Summers 01363 773472

Alex Knight
Appassionata Guitar and Flute Duo
St Peter's Church, Shaldon (TQ14 0ET)
Friday 7 September 8-10pm
Doors open 7.30, interval with refreshments
(repeat of Budleigh, 5 Sept - see above)
Guitar: Alex Knight
Flute: Suki Trussler
Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Albeniz, Scarlatti,
Granados, Faure, Ibert, Dompierre and
Piazzolla among others.
Tickets: £10
Alex Knight: 01364 644400 / 07896 438242
or wegottickets

David Sawyer and the Chill Acoustic
Arthaven@redearth Gallery Bickleigh
Friday 7 September 6-9pm
Exhibition in Memory of Daphne Cartwright
with music by 'The Chill Acoustic'
who played at Gallery 36 on Sunday 22 July
Exhibition continues 8-22 September
11am-5.30pm on weekdays, -6pm weekends
Work by 9 artists - including Daphne Cartwright
Information: telephone Steve 07989 343121
Redearth website

Marion Wood
Conducts the EMG Orchestra
at St Peter's School
Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra
St Peter's School Exeter
Friday-Sunday 7-9 September
Full rehearsal of Mahler's Symphony VIII
Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit)
Scherzo: (closing scene of Goethe's Faust)
Final rehearsal - Friday 14 September
Conductor: Marion Wood
Leader: Clare Smith
(Performance: Great Hall, 16 September)
Info: Carol Galton 01392 410660

James Burton
Choral Director
Schola Cantorum
of Oxford
Schola Cantorum of Oxford
St Margaret's Church Topsham
Tuesday 11 September 7.30pm
(invitation from soprano Josie Walledge)
Featuring the music of:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Francis Poulenc,
Charles Villiers Stanford
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Choral Director: James Burton
Tickets: £10 (includes a glass of wine!)
Contact Josie Walledge 01392 823508

James Burton
conductor of
Schola Cantorum
of Oxford
Schola Cantorum of Oxford
Exeter Cathedral
Wednesday 12 September 2pm
students/alumni of Oxford University
Conductor: James Burton
Charles Villiers Stanford: Latin Magnificat
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in Gm
William Byrd, Thomas Tallis,
Gustav Holst, James Burton
Admission FREE
(admission to the Cathedral is £5
senior/student 3.50 child FREE)
A year's pass for £5 with
proof of EX postcode
Visitor's Office: 01392 285983

Miracle Theatre Company
Tiverton Community Arts Centre
Thursday 13 September 7.30pm
Oscar Wilde:
'The Importance of being Earnest'
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8 U16 £6)
from Northcott Box Office:
01392 493493 or Northcott website
contact Sue North for further details:
01884 253494

Miracle Theatre Company website

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