Julie Myers

Klangfarbe Gateshead

TUSK Festival - 9th - 11th Oct 2015

Klangfarbe Gateshead, a site-specific composition by Julie Myers interpreted and performed at TUSK festival (2015) by Simon Rose (baritone sax), Pascal Nichols (drums) and John Pope (bass). The musical content is determined by the score - a collection of words and images reflecting the everyday sounds of the Old Town Hall, Gateshead.

Main Hall
Main Hall
Corridor
Corridor
Kitchen
Kitchen

. . . no artists are as attentive to the space as much as Julie Myers and the trio performing Klangfarbe. Myers is infatuated with the way in which sound inhabits space. In her talk at the Old Police House she explains how for Klangfarbe Gateshead she spent days in the Old Town Hall, listening, filming and reflecting. But rather than making field recording, Myers allocates spaces to her performers (Simon Rose on sax, Pascal Nichols on drums and John Pope on bass) asking them to listen to the room and make sounds in response. The live performance of Klangfarbe is the bringing together of these different processes, culminating in an improvised trio set with a video projection. It's dynamic and full of life, dizzying and poetic, giving the Town Hall a real vitality as home to Tusk . . . . .

Adam Potts - The Quietus

Thanks to all staff at The Old Gateshead Town Hall - especially Sharleen French, Lee Andrew, Lynne Tunstall and Viv Carr - whome, in the name of sound recording, loaded dishwashers (more then once), clicked glasses (with just the right touch), arranged chairs (in empty rooms that didn’t need them) and unlocked doors in dark cellars in order to record silence.

TUSK FESTIVAL 9th - 11th Oct 2015
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See full Klangfarbe Gatehead set

Commissioned by Sound and Music