Krzysztof Penderecki and further close collaborators speak to @New York Times on the making of Beth and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Third Symphony: http://smarturl.it/NewYorkTimesBG
Alongside its audio release, Apple Music present the full concert film of Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’. Watch now: http://smarturl.it/BethGibbonsAM
Released today, Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’ conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki is available globally. Buy, listen & watch now: http://smarturl.it/SorrowfulSongs
In addition to the Barbican’s sold out London sessions, we are pleased to announce further international screenings of the full length concert film of Beth Gibbons performing Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra featuring conducting from Krzysztof Penderecki. Locations & tickets: http://smarturl.it/BGScreenings Watch a behind the scenes video piece captured during Beth’s time in Poland below. NEW SCREENINGS: 26 March - Paris, FR - mk2 Bibliothèque - http://smarturl.it/ParisBG 28 March - London, UK - Barbican Centre [SOLD OUT] 28 March - Sydney, AU - Golden Age Cinema - http://smarturl.it/SydneyBG 28 March - Copenhagen, DK - CPH DOX / DFI - http://smarturl.it/CopenhagenBG 28th March - Madrid, ES - Sala Plató (Cineteca) - http://smarturl.it/MadridBG 30 March - Warsaw, PL - National Film Archive - Audiovisual Institute (FINA) - http://smarturl.it/WarsawBG 31 March - Berlin, DE - Babylon Mitte - http://smarturl.it/BerlinBG 31 March - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg Cinema - http://smarturl.it/AmsterdamBG 1 April - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music - http://smarturl.it/BrooklynBG 1 April - Milan, IT - Santeria Toscana 31 - http://smarturl.it/MilanBG
To be released on March 29th, Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra present ‘Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)’. Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki at The National Opera Grand Theatre, Warsaw on November 29th 2014, a full concert film of the performance will accompany its audio release. Pre-order on signed Deluxe Edition LP & CD: http://smarturl.it/SorrowfulSongsDLX
CLARION CALL BYRON J. SCULLIN & SUPPLE FOX Featuring the voices of Beth Gibbons, Elizabeth Fraser, Elaine Mitchener, Melanie Pappenheim, Cherise Phillips and guidance from Shirley Collins. Over the 11 days of SPILL Festival, this large-scale outdoor sonic artwork will ring out from the Ipswich waterfront into the town’s public spaces at dusk for eleven minutes each day. The voices of women and girls call to the setting sun in daily incantations, broadcast with audio technology employed for emergency and control, repurposed as a mechanism for public ritual. Devised by Melbourne based artists Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox and Thomas Supple, Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future. Clarion Call was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Pacitti Company for the SPILL Festival of Performance and developed with the support of Dark Mofo Location: The skies of Ipswich Cost: Free Dates & Times Oct 25 – 5.40pm Oct 26 – 5.38pm Oct 27 – 5.36pm Oct 28 – 4.34pm Oct 29 – 4.32pm Oct 30 – 4.30pm Oct 31 – 4.28pm Nov 1 – 4.27pm Nov 2 – 4.25pm Nov 3 – 4.23pm https://spillfestival.com/show/clarion-call/ https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/clarion-call/ Sound and Music at SPILL Festival, an international festival of live art, activism and performance SPILL Festival of Performance has announced Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) and Beth Gibbons (Portishead) as collaborators on Clarion Call, a large-scale outdoor sonic artwork which will ring out from Ipswich Waterfront for eleven days from Oct 25. Their voices along with Melanie Pappenheim, Elaine Mitchener, Cherise Phillips, and the Wattisham and Honnington Military Wives Choir all come together projected from 400 speakers under the guidance of folk revivalist Shirley Collins. Broadcast with audio technology usually employed for emergency and control the artwork is devised by Melbourne based artists Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox and Thomas Supple, and is a co-commission with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future, but instead of unifying us in grief, the composition of reimagined melodies provides a moment for a community to come together in a public ritual en masse. A new Carter Tutti live audio-visual performance, ‘inter_versal’, will be presented in the round, utilizing four audio channels and synchronized video projections the piece facilitates and enhances the individual experience of the temporal continuum of music and images. The duration of the piece will be one hour measured in Sidereal time – 56 minutes 4 seconds
Geoff will be on tour with Beak> and at Desert Daze in October http://bit.ly/DesertDaze2018
GIRL RISING - Screening at Arnolfini Centre of Contemporary Arts, Bristol on September 3rd at 7pm African Initiatives presents a screening of Girl Rising. Directed by Academy Award nominated Richard E. Robbins and voiced by Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, GIRL RISING follows nine incredible girls. It is about the power of education to change a life – and the world. After the screening there will be an auction to raise funds for African Initiatives. You'll have the chance to bid for some amazing prizes including signed Portishead goodies, a leisure flight in a light aircraft, a bushcraft survival weekend, Swim and Dine for two at Clifton Lido and more!
Adrian Utley - The Passion of Joan of Arc at Shakespeares Globe & Wells Cathedral Adrian Utley will be performing alongside Will Gregory and the 23 piece orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood at 2 UK shows this year…. Shakespeares Globe on September 19th http://bit.ly/2aKZHGl Wells Cathedral on October 7th http://bit.ly/29gI2BT “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial and execution during her captivity in France.
Geoff Barrow is fundraising for Breast Cancer Care ....https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/geoff-barrow1
Jason Hazeley in Calais... As well as playing keyboards with Portishead, Jason also writes books and recently went to Calais, read below..... This week, I spent a paltry 48 hours in Calais, doing anything I could to join the effort to help the thousands of refugees stuck there. It wasn’t enough. L'Auberge des Migrants, the huge warehouse and volunteer community that feeds 2,000 people a day thanks to donations, was one of the two places I visited. To do so is the most colossally humbling experience. People with skills I can only gawp at — building, cooking, sewing — doing everything they can. With not enough. The Jungle, a place on the constant choke chain of the authorities, surviving nonetheless. Cafés, shops, places of worship, a school, libraries, barbers, a bike repair place. Children have been born there. People wearing shoes and clothes they were gifted — some of whom are doctors or lawyers; the kind of professional you’d ordinarily rope in to sign your passport form — and yet a guy from Sudan pleaded with us for the one thing he’d like more than anything in the world: a chair. A CHAIR. He may not have sat in a chair for six months, for all I know. We didn’t have a chair. Not enough. What a waste of human resources. Doctors, anyone? Someone who speaks English, Arabic, Russian and French, yet lives in second-hand shoes, anyone? What an obscene cartoon of human rights. One of the new rules is NO WOOD ALLOWED. So homes are routinely built from branches and ground sheet and anything lying around. Including spent tear gas canisters. The indignity is fucking staggering. And yet, what a jawdropping effort is underway there. I met so many people whose simple act of helping made me feel about as useless as I've ever felt — David, Lesley, Tom, Hayley, Tina, Ollie, Katerina, Anna — their constant efforts are fucking incredible. They won’t agree; modesty will win. But they are. Nothing we can do is enough. The south half of The Jungle has been demolished, apart from the school and the church. The north half survives. But these people need money and NOW. It means survival to them. It means food and shelter. 30 more people turn up every day. The kid who hung around our van for an hour on Tuesday eventually got a Lego set because it needed offing. To him, living somewhere with next to fuck all infrastructure and fly-squatted dead rats baking in the sun, that was a dream. And it’s not enough. Give some money. You can. You can give something every month. Doesn’t need to be much. Even if you give all you can afford, it’s not enough. So give something. Please. https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen
Beak dates for Summer 2016 May 25th Brighton UK - Bleach May 27th Antwerp Belgium - Trix Club May 29th Paris, France - Villette Sonique June 2nd Barcelona, Spain - Primavera June 8th Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew June 10th Porto, Portugal - Primavera June 17th Lucerne, Switzerland - B-Sides Festival June 19th Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret June 25th Glastonbury, UK Aug 20th Green Man Festival, UK
NEWS Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise is in UK cinemas from March 18th. Portishead recorded their cover of the Abba song SOS specifically for the film and not for general release. Inevitably there will be low quality bootleg versions but if you’d like to hear it within the film you can check your local cinema screening times here…..http://www.highrisefilm.co.uk/showtimes
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