Experience the culmination of Open Bridges in Hull - the day the city splits in two - with the world premiere of BAFTA award winning composer John Stead’s especially commissioned acousmatic music composition for Open Bridges 2017
Friday 22nd September at Hull Stage@The Dock, Queen Street, Hull. HU1 1UU, doors 7.30 pm, tickets £10 + bf.
Electro Acoustic Ensemble director, John Stead’s live première performance will be diffused in octophonic sound featuring found sounds recorded from Hull bridges movements and operations. The programme includes rare performances of music concrete work by pioneers of electronic, electroacoustic and acousmatic music - Jean-Claude Risset’s “Elementa” and Francis Dhomont’s “Cycle du Son”.
The live performance is the culmination of Duffy-Howard Music’s Open Bridges project which explores the notion of freedom and freedom withheld during the Hull City of Culture Freedom Season. The River Hull runs directly through the centre of the city defining East and West Hull and the culture of the city. No other city has so many opening bridges over such a short distance of navigable river. On 22nd September 2017 – the autumnal equinox when day and night are equal – all the bridges over the River Hull will be raised simultaneously for the first time in the city’s history creating a symbolic wall denying the freedom of movement across the city, East or West, splitting the city in two.
Open Bridges website https://openbridgeshull.com/
John Stead is a multi-award winning and internationally respected composer who has lived in Hull for most of his working life. Best known for light and sound installations, John’s work throughout the UK includes son et lumieres to celebrate the opening of Hull Tidal Barrier and Princes Quay, sacred space installations Day of Light at Lastingham Another Mighty Angel at York’s NCEM 'Fractals' at Hull City Hall gained a Holst Foundation Award in 1994. John’s diverse international music projects include work with the sound artist Max Eastley, composer Stanislaw Hansel, cellist Gabriel Prynn (Trio Fibonacci), and his collaboration with Anne Parouty and Sakab Bashir won him in a BAFTA Digital Arts Award in 2004. Recent work includes collaborations at galleries in Prague, Utrecht and at the Salle Camille Claudel, Clermont-Ferrand, France. 'Cycles and Rounds for Peter Maxwell Davies' (2016) - a tombeau for Peter Maxwell Davies and 'DUET I for 'cello and computer' (2016/7) - a graphic score, premiered at the Charterhouse in Hull in March 2017. John is Artistic Director of the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.