December 1952 By Earle Brown
directed by Cally Spooner
28.04.09 - 30.04.09
".. I had the impulse to do something with this highly spontaneous performing attitude (improvisational attitude that is) from a score that would have many multiple possibilities of interpretation. Under the influence of Calder, I considered this kind of thing to be mobility, which is to say - a score which was mobile. A score which had more than one potential form and performance realisation..
...But it was a considerable leap, or difficulty to conceive of a score that would in itself be something and in itself imply many more things….. I’m intrigued by the performance itself. I like very much conducting and rehearsing the music, but I’m not so much as interested in the piece ultimately being a monument, as I am in the piece existing as a field of activity, of music making activity, which exists between sympathetic and reasonable kinds of people. "
Over three consecutive days, four translations of Earle Brown’s graphical music score, December 1952, will materialise at Chelsea Space.
With: Taku Andu, Paul Bevan, Angela Blumberg, Alice Channer, Tania Chen, Robert Coleridge, Genvieve Giron, Lizzi Kew-Ross, Ian Mitchell, Andrew Morgan, Nancy Ruffer, David Ryan, Will Stuart and The Post String Quartet.
Directed by Cally Spooner
Tuesday 28th April
3:30 - 4:30pm
Several realisations of December 1952 plus Folio and Folio 2
Open rehearsals all day with performances
6:30 - 8pm
David Ryan (director, conductor)
with: Andrew Morgan (conductor), Nancy Ruffer, flute, Ian Mitchell, clarinet, Paul Bevan, trombone, Tania Chen, piano, The Post String Quartet
Wednesday 29th April, 11am - 4pm
Dance (plus drawing)
Lizzi Kew-Ross (choreographer)
with: Taku Andu, Genvieve Giron, Angela Blumberg, Robert Coleridge (musician)
Thursday 30th April, from 5pm
Conversation (of indeterminate length)
Will Stuart (Will Holder & Stuart Bailey)
All events are taking place at CHELSEA space
Edits from a monologue on December 1952 delivered by Earle Brown, Speaking in Berlin, November 1970.
From: Earle Brown Music Foundation, online archive www.earlebrown.org