The British Paraorchestra & Extraordinary Bodies

Fast Forward 2016

Part of Fast Forward Festival

Terry Riley In C

This is a happening, not a concert. 

The British Paraorchestra, led by Charles Hazlewood, and Extraordinary Bodies combine for an aural and visual treat as they perform genius composer Terry Riley’s extraordinary cornerstone of musical minimalism In C.

Terry Riley is one of the greatest living composers of classical music. In 1964 he composed the now iconic In C, consisting of 53 short repeated melodies in C major: How often each melody is repeated, how coloured or intensified, is completely the choice of each individual player. But each player also has responsibility to the whole, ensuring they are never more than three melodies behind or ahead any other member of the ensemble. It is all about listening, proposing, reacting. As such, from its creation, In C has caused a quiet revolution in music making, the promotion of a new musical philosophy which is not about top-down control, or a pre-determined narrative; there are rules, yes, but they lie in the hands of the instrumentalists. Guest Tony Orrell (Andy Shepherd, Goldfrapp felt mountain, Get The Blessing) will act as 2nd percussionist in the setup.

The British Paraorchestra is unlike any orchestra you’ve seen or heard. The world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, now based in Bristol, this ground-breaking group headed up by a genuine pioneer and innovator in the world of classical music, Charles Hazlewood, perform and excel at the highest level. For the first time ever, the Paraorchestra will be joined on-stage by performers from Extraordinary Bodies, the professional integrated circus company and partnership between the Cirque Bijou & Diverse City.

The combined effect of The British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies playing In C will be cathartic, uplifting and engulfing. The aural equivalent to climbing inside a giant lava lamp. Lighting will be designed by Alex Shenton-Parkin, who is Kneehigh’s associate to really emphasis the performance.

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