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June, 2016


Let's Make A Circus | Workshop #1
Free entry
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 3a Victoria Square, Holmfirth, HD9 2DNThe Tap House (upstairs)Event Type:ArtFree Event

Event Details

Join Holmfirth New Music and Holmfirth composer Barry Russell to create a John Cage Circus for the Holme Valley. Using texts, poetry, visual art and instruments from found and recycled objects from the Valley, a new musical work will created for performance on Saturday 25 June.

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Holmfirth New Music

A Cage Circus with Holmfirth New Music

John Cage, composer of the (in)famous 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, developed the concept of Music Circus. In this, different musics are superimposed and spatially separated to create an environment which is part performance and part sound sculpture (and 100% amazing experience). The last major Music Circus in Kirklees was with Cage himself as part of the 1989 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. This took place in the Town Hall and was based on James Joyce’s novel ‘Finnegan’s Wake’.

Barry Russell‘s new book, ‘Everything We Do Is Music‘, looks at cross-curricular experiments on sound based on the music of John Cage. To celebrate this publication, Holmfirth Arts Festival will present a Music Circus based on the Holme Valley and directed by Barry Russell.

There are several strands to the creation of a Music Circus, and this workshop will devise various layers of the performance. These will include:

1) Texts and poetry about the Holme Valley. We will work with existing texts such as songs about the Holme Valley, news items past and present and stories about Valley characters and also use ideas from John Cage to create new experimental material.

2) Visual art about the valley including pieces made with found objects and natural materials and collages using old printed music.

3) Instruments from found and recycled materials and objects from the Valley.

4) Musical performances, to include existing music (folk, brass band, rock, etc.) and newly improvised pieces which reflect aspects of the valley geography.

These elements will be organised according to chance procedures to form a 60 minute event in the Parish Church on Saturday 25th May. If you enjoyed the anarchic fun of our bicycle performance in 2014, then please come and get involved in this exciting project. No previous musical experience is needed.

No previous experience is necessary and the age range is open. All you need is a spirit of adventure!

There will also be a chance to purchase copies of Barry’s new book.

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(Tuesday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Tap House (upstairs)

3a Victoria Square, Holmfirth, HD9 2DN

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