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Gavin Bryars to mark Triskels’ fortieth

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 3:54pm

Difficult-to-define composer Gavin Bryars will grace Cork’s Triskel Arts Centre this weekend with his all-star ensemble in tow.

The live concert, which takes place on Sunday 25 November, forms part of a series of special events to mark Triskel Arts Centre’s 40th anniversary.

Since the 1960s, the Yorkshire native has been enrapturing audiences around the globe with his minimalist experimental music.

Bryars started his musical career as a jazz bassist, working in the early 1960s with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, forming the Joseph Holbrooke Trio.

In 1966 he abandoned improvisation entirely, opting instead to head for the United States to work with the ground-breaking composer John Cage.

Bryars’ first major composition, 'The Sinking of the Titanic', appeared on English pioneer Brian Eno’s Obscure Records in 1975 alongside his seminal work ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’, which featured the looped vocals of a homeless man singing an unknown hymn.

His long and diverse list of works includes many collaborations with other artists such as visual artists Juan Muñoz and Robert Wilson, as well as the peculiar and always entertaining musician and actor Tom Waits.

Bryars’ work also includes numerous operas, vocal works, concertos and ballets including the Merce Cunning piece ‘Biped’.

Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director with Triskel Arts Centre, said: “Gavin has devised an evening of music specially to mark our 40th year, which includes some of his most seminal works, such as ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’ and ‘Winestead’ for which he will play the historic TC Lewis organ.”

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble plays Triskel Arts Centre on Sunday 25 November at 8pm. Tickets are €35 and are available at

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