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Gavin Bryars: Biped CD

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: GB Records
  • ASIN: B00008RWUR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,598 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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'Biped' is the most successful and immediately attractive of all the scores commissioned by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. The ballet opened in Berkeley in 1999 and has since been performed all over the world to huge popular and critical acclaim. It is one of the first new musical compositions commissioned by the company since the death of John Cage in 1992.

Gavin Bryars had worked with Cage in the late 1960's and his work had been a key factor in Bryars' decision to move away from improvised music towards composition. Indeed, seeing the Cunningham company in London in 1966 represented a key moment in his artistic development.

Bryars and Merce Cunningham followed the method of working independently but towards a common goal, just as he had with John Cage, avoiding any planned one-to-one relationship between music, dance and decor. Like all of Merce's work 'Biped' involved a collaboration with visual artists, in this case Paul Keiser and Shelley Eshkar who had developed a very striking technique of video motion capture.

On the visual side, there is live dance and its digital 'shadow' through the projected video animation, so within the music there is digital replication, with the live instruments (electric guitar, cello, electric keyboard, acoustic double bass, violin and percussion) being reinforced by their electronic equivalents. The sampled material is played by members of the Gavin Bryars ensemble, some of whom are also the performers on this recording, with the addition of Takehisa Kosugi, the Cunningham company's music director since Cage's death. The music falls into six (unequal) sections and is played without a break.

Personnel:
Sophie Harris (cello), James Woodrow (electric guitar), Takehisa Kosugi (violin and percussion), Gavin Bryars (electric keyboard, bass, director)


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