Three Tales is a video opera by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and artist Beryl Korot that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.
Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Ensemble BPM presents the first ever staging of its kind at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.
The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.
Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.
Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick.
Ensemble BPM will be joined in performance by Synergy Vocals, the world-renowned vocal collective selected by Steve Reich to premiere the work in 2002, led by former Swingle Singer Micaela Haslam.
The production is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.
A Study Day on the music of Steve Reich
Kings Place, London – 14 February 2015
Tickets vis the Kings Place Website
10.00 Introduction to the study day – John Pymm, Chair of the Society for Minimalist Music.
10.05 Opening Keynote – An Introduction to Steve Reich’s Compositional Development
Through the Lens of its Reception; Keith Potter (Goldsmiths, University of London)
11.00 Analytical Perspectives on Steve Reich’s Music
- Paul Cassidy (Goldsmiths, University of London): On the Anomalousness of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
- Twila Bakker (Bangor University): New York Counterpoint: Getting to the Core of Reich’s ‘Big Apple’ Piece
- Jason Jedlicka (Indiana University): Exploring Augmentation in Steve Reich’s Double Sextet
1.15 Political and Aesthetic Perspectives
- Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota): ‘Short Chord Gets Long Via Augmentation’: Psychedelic Science Fiction, Erotic Sublimation, and the Hermeneutics of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
- Michael Palmese (Louisiana State University): Disunity and the Act of Memorialization in Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11
- Victoria Aschheim (Princeton University): History as an Image; Different Trains and Its Sketches Through a Benjaminian Lens
3.00 Narrativity and the Voice
- Jelena Novak ( New University of Lisbon): Documentary Singing: Performing the Voice in Music by Steve Reich
- John Pymm (University of Wolverhampton): ‘On the Right Track?’ Identifying the Various Stories in Different Trains
4.00 Study day ends
You are kindly invited to submit proposals for a one-day Conference on the music of Steve Reich, to be held at King’s Place, London, on Saturday 14 February, 2015 as part of a weekend of performances of music by Steve Reich, some of which will have the composer in attendance.
All scholars interested in Reich’s music are invited to submit paper proposals for the Conference, with particular emphasis on the repertoire being performed during the weekend: Four Organs (1970); Clapping Music (1972); Sextet (1984); New York Counterpoint (1985); Different Trains (1988); Double Sextet (2007); Mallet Quartet (2009), and WTC 9/11 (2010).
The conference aims to make accessible to concert-going audiences some of the latest research on Reich’s music, and contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes) and themed sessions of 3-4 papers, as well as non-traditional sessions or events, such as poster sessions. For individual papers, abstracts containing a maximum of 400 words should be sent as email attachments, by 1 September, 2014, to the Secretary of the Society – email@example.com
For themed sessions, please collate abstracts for the constituent papers and a short abstract of the session theme into a single document and submit as above. The conference committee is also happy to consider presenting lecture-recitals.
Further details of the event are available at the King’s Place website.