Composer and percussionist Dominic Murcott, is a specialist on the music of American composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912–97), who is best known for his ultra-complex player piano pieces. Murcott presents a series of Nancarrow works on a 1924 player piano identical to Nancarrow’s, alongside compositions by him and others created in response to these.
Highlights include a long lost Nancarrow composition made for a performance by Merce Cunningham in 1960, played alongside rare archival Cunningham footage on the big screen.
Doors open 30 minutes before performance starts. This is a standing event, with limited seating provided on request
Dominic Murcott is a composer, percussionist, curator and educator based in London. Much of his work combines acoustic instruments with computer work and other media. He is Head of Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London . Starting out as a self-taught musician, his early career included playing drums with No Wave pioneers Blurt, and composing for the highly successful V-Tol Dance Company throughout their ten-year history. Changing from drums to vibraphone he became a member of art-pop band The High Llamas, and has played on records by many influential artists including Stereolab and Pavement. He has curated two large scale festivals Conlon Nancarrow’s work, at London’s Southbank Centre in 2012 and New York’s Whitney Museum in June 2015.
Conlon Nancarrow was an American-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. Nancarrow is best remembered for his studies for player piano, being one of the first composers to use auto-playing musical instruments, realising their potential to play far beyond human performance ability.
Conceived in association with: Guest Curator Tom Trevor.
In partnership with:
The Vinyl Factory
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