Musarc performed Rainbows + Beata viscera iridis on the Burlington Gardens staircase at the Royal Academy on Saturday 19 May 2018 as part of the RA’s 250 birthday celebrations.
Rainbows is devised by artist Sarah Kate Wilson, and Beata viscera iridis is a simple arrangement of a medieval conductus by myself and architect Toby O’Connor. This is, I believe, the third staging of these pieces together.
A few of the performances at the RA had a lower key than usual. An interesting register to work with, the energy is very different. The clip here includes the introduction and the beginning of the conductus.
Photo by Justine Trickett. Recording courtesy Sam Belinfante.
Surfing with coffee #4. This is off the back of Odrathek with Musarc, includes a few things/people I’ve looked in to after that overwhelming experience. Not comprehensive, but perhaps consider this big wave surfing…
Célia Gondol (B↓)(C↓) Chase the vibrations; Jenny Moore (↓D) (↓E) Sang “Reclaim the night” the whole way back last night (Central line din disguises humming nicely); Neil Luck (↓F) Reliving childhood softball injury; Bartosz Glowacki with Lore Lixenberg (↓G) First time a live musical performance has made me cry; Edka Jarząb (↓H) Intoxicating voice for change;
need to find the red book she read from on third day; read Warsound Warszawa; Rie Nakajima (↓I) Creator and destroyer of helpless noise creatures
Bloody Sirens GET IT NOW!
Zuzanna Ginczanka (↓M)
On Centaurs (↓) Not ideal since it seems to be paginated for press…
And 🌈, with added 🌧! To be restaged next Saturday 19 May 2018 at the RA for RA250.
Iris, Iridis (noun)
– declension: 3rd declension
– gender: feminine
1. Iris (messenger of the gods, goddess of the rainbow)
In contrast with the first- and second-declension endings, those of the third declension lack a theme vowel (a or o/u in the first and second declensions) and so are called athematic.
Note via Toby O.
Early last year, Sarah Kate Wilson approached Musarc with a concept for a performance involving coloured mirrors. Around the same time, Toby O’Connor and I were mulling over ways of working with Beata Viscera, a conductus by medieval composer Pérotin. These experiments blended well and in April 2017, Musarc opened and closed the 3rd Do Disturb festival at Palais De Tokyo with Rainbows + Beata viscera iridis. Watch a video documenting Musarc’s various PDT performances on musarc.org. These pieces were performed again as part of MK Gallery’s 2017 CityFest and at Rochester Square’s Open Day on 24 June 2017.
Musarc rehearsing Rainbows + Beata viscera iridis at Central House just before the building was sold by London Met Uni.
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repeat these instructions until the project is complete
finish the project, scrap all of it.
finish the project, scrap half of it.
finish the project, scrap a third of it.
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Musarc’s going to be at Palais de Tokyo in April. Info/tickets
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An essay by Karol Berger from The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. Relevant to an upcoming Musarc performance conceived by Hefin Jones for an Up Projects event.
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Edit 20 May 2016 — Photo from last night ↓
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Edit 24 May 2016 — Even more photos on upprojects.com →