Michael Nyman

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Schedule of Events

  • Saturday 5th July 2014
    Liverpool Biennial - Symphony No 11

    Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral, will present a new, specially composed work by Michael Nyman, which will be performed at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 5 July, the opening weekend of Liverpool Biennial 2014. The work is supported by Liverpool City Council as one of the major new arts commissions for the Liverpool International Festival for Business. Michael Nyman's Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial, will be performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool-born mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent. Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial represents the culmination of Michael Nyman's thinking around the tragedies connected with Liverpool Football Club. 25 years after the Hillsborough tragedy, he says that he hopes it will make a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of the lost fans. To book tickets for this performance, visit www.liverpoolphil.com. In addition to the live performance of Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial a recording of the symphony will be played in Liverpool Cathedral at 15:06 on the following days: Wednesday 9 July Wednesday 23 July Wednesday 6 August Monday 25 August Wednesday 3 September Wednesday 17 September

    Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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  • Friday 11th July 2014
    Aztecs In Liverpool

    For Liverpool Biennial 2014, Michael Nyman will create a new film installation entitled Aztecs in Liverpool. This is a two-screen video installation featuring still and moving images, including footage collected by Nyman over the past 20 years in his newly-adopted home, Mexico. The title refers to, and the work derives from, the presence in the World Museum in Liverpool of one of the finest Aztec codices, the Codex Fejervary-Mayer. This will be displayed in The Walker Art Gallery. One of Britain’s most innovative and celebrated composers, Michael Nyman’s work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. In addition to his work as a composer, he’s also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist, photographer and filmmaker. Nyman first made his mark on the musical world in the late 1960s when he invented the term ‘minimalism’ and, still in his mid-twenties, earned one of his earliest commissions to write the libretto for Birtwistle’s 1969 opera, Down By The Greenwood Side. In 1976, he formed his own ensemble, the Michael Nyman Band, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014. For over three decades, the group has been the laboratory for much of his inventive and experimental compositional work. His most notable scores include a dozen Peter Greenaway films, such as The Draughtsman’s Contract and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover; Neil Jordan’s The End Of The Affair; several Michael Winterbottom features including Wonderland and A Cock and Bull Story ; the Hollywood blockbuster Gattaca, and Jane Campion’s 1993 film, The Piano, the soundtrack of which has sold more than three million copies. Most recently, his music was used in the 2009 BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated film, Man on Wire.

    Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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  • Tuesday 12th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Thursday 14th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Saturday 16th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Wednesday 17th September 2014
    BOZAR Festival

    The Michael Nyman Band at the BOZAR Festival Programme: The 11th Year and The 6th Part Of The World (Vertov's silent film with scores by Michael Nyman

    , Brussels, Belgium

  • Sunday 21st September 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Paris

    The 11th Year and The 6th Part Of The World (Vertov's silent films with scores by Michael Nyman)

    Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

  • Wednesday 1st October 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Chalons en Champagne

    Premiere of 'War Work'.

    , Chalons En Champagne, France

  • Sunday 5th October 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Vienna

    Potemkin.

    Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
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  • Thursday 13th November 2014
    Ohio, USA

    Performing Time Will Pronounce

    MidAmerican Center For Contemporary Music, Bowling Green State University, United States

  • Saturday 15th November 2014
    New York, USA

    Performing Time Will Pronounce

    Subculture, New York City, United States

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