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Galvanize Ensemble + Fretwork: Happenstance




Members of improvising cross-arts collective Galvanize Ensemble and acclaimed viol consort Fretwork come together for a project juxtaposing old and new music, from Hildegard von Bingen and Henry Purcell to improvisations and cut-up explorations.

This performance includes a new work influenced by artist Eduardo Paolozzi, Metalization of a Dream by Duncan MacLeod, responding to dada and surrealist-inspired collages, moving performers around the auditorium.

The programme will also include new and old works by Ryoko Akama, Joel Bell, Sarah Dacey, Pauline Oliveras, Barbara Strozzi, Matthew Locke and Leonora Duarte.

The performance sees both ensembles sharing music, styles and influences, with independent sets from each ensemble and as combined forces with live art and installation, curated by Claire Orme. An anticipated album release in 2020 will bring arrangements and improvisations from both ensembles to realization, alongside the new commissions, exploring electro-acoustic voices from viols to electric guitar, with electronics.


Galvanize: Joel Bell (electric guitar), Sarah Dacey (voice), Kate Halsall (piano/harmonium), Phil Maguire (electronics)

Fretwork: Sam Stadlen and Jo Levine (viols)

Galvanize Ensemble is an improvisation ensemble of musicians based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and London. They work with composers, artists, film and text to create installations, radio, cross disciplinary performances & exhibitions. The new works for Happenstance, were commissioned by pianist Kate Halsall (Galvanize Ensemble) and been made possible through funding from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Creator and RVW Trust.

Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. The consistently high standards they have achieved have brought music old and new to audiences hitherto unfamiliar with the inspiring sound-world of the viol.

Claire Orme is an artist, curator and musician. Specialising in performance art and sound installation, Claire employs her skills as a pianist and violin player to investigate the narrative contours of spaces and objects. Much of Orme's work is research-led, utilising archive material and interviews to explore her interest in perhaps overlooked rural and urban histories.

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7.00pm - 8.30pmTuesday 28th January 2020

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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