Great War and Beyond
Prokofiev Sonata No. 1 Op. 1
Satie Avant-Dernières Pensées No. 1
Cage In a Landscape
Satie Avant-Dernières Pensées No. 2
Adams China Gates
Satie Avant-Dernières Pensées No. 3
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Great War and Beyond centres on two sets of works written during the Great War,
Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17) and Erik Satie’s Avant-Dernières Pensées (1915).
Ravel’s six-movement suite pays homage to lost friends and colleagues while Satie’s
three musical moments are surreally minimalist. These works are contextualized with
music by Sergei Prokofiev, John Cage and John Adams, revealing the seismic shifts the Great War made on musical culture.
Great War and Beyond launched at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014, as a featured event in The Great War in Portraits exhibition and was followed by a special
performance on Remembrance Sunday at the Chelsea Arts Club.
Will Dutta is a curating composer whose creative practice incorporates performance,
composition and research. His work is presented in a range of art spaces and institutional contexts, in the UK and internationally.
His critically acclaimed debut album, Parergon (Just Music, 2012) centred on his hyper-colourful Piano-led collaborations with Warp veterans Plaid. The supporting AV-show saw numerous performances across the UK, Europe and South America. In November 2017, he launched his second studio album, bloom, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and toured bloom LIVE to DMU in Leicester, Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and The House in Plymouth.
As founder and Creative Director of Chimera Productions (2007-present), he has shaped the curatorial vision for seventeen editions of Blank Canvas, an annual platform for new music at Village Underground. The most recent edition featured new commissions by Max de Wardener and Tim Exile with the Heritage Orchestra. Other notable commissions include Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra in 2007. This piece has received over fifty performances worldwide, including BBC Proms in 2011 and again in 2016 as part of the BBC Ten Pieces project, and an award-winning album featuring DJ Yoda and Heritage Orchestra (Nonclassical, 2009).
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