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Joby Burgess Percussion Collective

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Elstow Abbey

Church End

Elstow

Bedfordshire

MK42 9XT

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As part of this year’s Contemporary Music for All Festival hear the Joby Burgess Percussion Collective in a special performance celebrating new music. Marimbas, bass drums and aluminium harp feature in the atmospheric Elstow Abbey - a stunning venue steeped in history and just a few minutes' drive from Bedford Town Centre.


Programme

Eric Whitacre Marimba Quartets - Lux Aurumque / October / Sleep

Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood

John Luther Adams Qilyuan

Linda Buckley Discordia

John Cage Credo in Us


Marimba Quartets is a brand new recording for Signum using the warm, earthy sound of the marimba in a spectacular setting, featuring Burgess’ own arrangments of some of Eric Whitacre’s ever-popular choral works.

Steve Reich’s evergreen Music for Pieces of Wood is uplifting, loud and full of the rhythms of West Africa. Using the simplest of possible instruments, this is striking minimlaist music by one of America’s greatest living composers.

John Luther AdamsQilyaun takes its name from the Iñupiaq word for the shaman's drum, meaning 'device of power'. Four bass drums roll in great musical waves to recreate the shaman’s journey, riding the sound of the drum to and from the spirit world.

The etheral Canna Sonora - a nine-foot tall Aluminium Harp - is the focal point of Linda Buckley’s 2018 Barbican commission Discordia. The pure sounds of this Capone era friction instrument are set within an evocative soundscape of lost voices and dark synths, to create an electronically enhanced fusion that speaks right here, right now.

John Cage's satirical Credo in Us pits prepared piano - performing cowboy songs and boogie-woogie - against classical gramophone recordings and live radio. Composed in 1942 and using found objects (tin cans and electric buzzer) the piece's title is perhaps a call for unity in the wake of Pearl Habour.


Performers

Joby Burgess percussion
Rob Farrer percussion
Calum Huggan percussion
Sam Wilson percussion
Eliza McCarthy piano


One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby Burgess is best known for his virtuosic performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Both in the studio and on the road Joby Burgess works with artists including Peter Gabriel, Will Gregory, Nicole Lizée, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter and Pete Tong.


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Travel

Elstow Abbey is situated 2 miles from Bedford town centre.

Free parking is available within a short walk of the abbey.


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A licensed bar will be operated by friends of Elstow Abbey.

Bar profits to the building of Hillersden Hall.

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Elstow Abbey

Church End

Elstow

Bedfordshire

MK42 9XT

United Kingdom

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