Cloth Ears: From Zoom to Room


Are you a classical music lover? Or are you not sure but wouldn’t mind trying something different?

From Zoom To Room celebrates the return to live performance with a trip through five centuries of classical music, blending live performance, recorded surround sound, video projection and communication technology.

Bach was a master at pitting one melody over another in perfect harmony, as demonstrated in his Ricercare, written as part of A Musical Offering to Frederick the Great and given a modern twist in Ben Crick’s arrangement. However, whilst Bach’s Ricercare needs six musicians, just one instrument features in Jonathan Harvey’s Ricercare una Melodia, played here on the cello with the layering provided by tape loop.

Electronics are also deployed in Edmund Finnis’s Elsewhere for solo violin. Its haunting beauty, sounding “simultaneously both in the room and seemingly elsewhere”, is a stark contrast to the electric energy that characterises Schubert’s fiery Quarttsatz.

Lace cuffs and powdered wigs come to mind with the Two Pavans by Henry Purcell. Fast forward three centuries, and Purcell’s courtly dances are transformed by Peter Maxwell Davies into a pair of foxtrots, the second simulating a 78 gramphone. And yet it was the Walkman, the revolutionary portable casette tape player, that inspired Philip Glass to compose his Glassworks. With a nod back to Bach, the subtly shifting patterns of Closing brings the event to a mesmeric conclusion.

The concert finishes around 8.30pm and then you’re invited to stay for a Q&A afterwards.

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Cloth Ears: From Zoom to Room


Kala Sangam, St Peters House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4TY
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Kala Sangam exterior view from Forsters Statue.Kala Sangam, BradfordA leading south Asian and collaborative arts organisation based at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford.

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