Our online 2021 festival City Summer Sounds continues with new work from the Vonnegut Collective. Their experience of preparing and performing Thomas Adès’s kaleidoscopic Piano Quintet is reflected in a new work by Tullis Rennie, built from rehearsal footage, interviews and insights into the musicians' process and experience.
This event will be broadcast live and available to view via the YouTube stream below, or by clicking here.
48 Hours is a Vonnegut Collective project based around Thomas Adès’s Piano Quintet: a notoriously demanding and complex work, considered to require at least forty-eight hours of rehearsal time to prepare for performance. The Collective commissioned Tullis Rennie to create a new work in response to this process. He used the long rehearsal period as a creative opportunity to research, develop and explore the workings of contemporary classical music and performers. Rennie’s new composition incorporates live performance, recorded sounds from rehearsals and conversation with ensemble members. Vonnegut Collective believe that presenting these two works side-by-side will provide a unique insight, connecting audiences to the music and the people who make it in new ways.
Tullis Rennie, 48 Hours (2020)
Thomas Adès, Piano Quintet (2000)
The Vonnegut Collective:
Caroline Pether - violin
Gemma Bass - violin
Kay Stephen - viola
Paul Grennan - cello
Ben Powell - piano
Gary Farr - trumpet
Tullis Rennie - composition, electronics
Vonnegut Collective Formed in 2014 by two members of the BBC Philharmonic, Gary Farr and Gemma Bass, the Vonnegut Collective aim to give everyone the chance to experience new music, their music, either made by them or for them. Projects to date have focussed on experimental composition, cross-art collaboration and improvisation. They have performed works by Cage, Casken, Cardew, Messiaen and Maxwell Davies; commissioned instrumental, electroacoustic and graphic compositions by Tullis Rennie, Tom Harrold, Brona Martin, Anton Hunter, Graham South, Craig Farr, Norman Skipp; Cath Roberts and others; collaborated with Manchester schools and organisations such as Seed Studios (a mental health and wellbeing centre) and Animikii Theatre, and taught/mentored at The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, the RNCM and for Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera. Site-specific works include Soul's Paths for Manchester's The Wonder Inn, in collaboration with Matrafisc Dance, Time is Different Here for Talliston House and Gardens and Ocean for Victoria Baths, both in collaboration with Gavin Osborn. www.vonnegutcollective.co.uk
Tullis Rennie is a composer, improvising trombonist, electronic musician, and field recordist. His work encompasses sound installation, community-engaged participative projects, multi-channel concert works, mixed media and live/improvised performances. He is co-founder of Walls On Walls with visual artist Laurie Nouchka, and founder member of the Insectotròpics audio-visual collective, based in Barcelona. He curates the multi.modal label with Claudia Molitor. His work has been presented at concerts and festivals across 20 countries, alongside UK national broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and ResonanceFM. In 2019 he collaborated on Molitor's Decay project, touring numerous international festivals including Sound of Stockholm, TRANSIT, NovemberMusic and hcmf//. His writing has been published in Organised Sound and Leonardo Music Journal. He features on releases by the Luminous label, ZeroWave and Efpi Records. www.tullisrennie.com