Visualising Music: The Art of the Graphic Score
Friday, 10 November 2017 – 18:30pm
The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Tickets – £15; £8 (Concessions)
In response to the dynamic that brought Jasper Johns and John Cage together in the 60s, musicians from Club Inégales combine with trumpeter and composer Kim Macari and saxophonist and composer Raymond MacDonald, for a performance and discussion exploring the world of graphic scores, improvisation and structure.
A ground-breaking composer and associate of Jasper Johns, John Cage was a keen graphic score composer, using visual symbols beyond traditional music notation to guide musicians in the performance of his work. Since then, composers and artists have played with pictures to create extraordinary visual scores to redefine the possibilities within composition, merging art and sound.
In this exclusive event, Kim Macari will then be joined by Founder of Club Inégales Peter Wiegold and Professor Raymond MacDonald, Chair of Music Psychology and Improvisation at The University of Edinburgh, to explore the art of the graphic score.
Club Inégales’s live club nights create the unexpected chemistry that enables the special to happen as brings in the best in new and spontaneous performance. Its house ensemble Notes Inégales was created by innovators in British music, Peter Wiegold and David Purser, and features some of the finest players in the country, dedicated to improvisation as well as other contemporary repertoire. Peter Wiegold has been a pioneer of bringing together composition and improvisation, working directly with musicians in the creation of new work.
Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. She is currently Chair of Jazz from Scotland, on the teaching faculty of the National Youth Jazz Collective and a core team member of the Jazz100 project. She leads the quartet Family Band (an Ambassador ensemble for Jazz North’s Northern Line scheme), and is the founder of the Apollo Jazz Network. Through Apollo Jazz Network, Macari devised the Orpheus Project, an initiative supported by Arts Council England to connect international artists with UK musicians and to create performance opportunities.
Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 60 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. He has collaborated with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke and has an ongoing collaboration, Scarecrows and Lighthouses, with artist Martin Boyce and film maker David MacKenzie. He is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.
In partnership with EFG London Jazz Festival