Collaborating with the Sacconi Quartet

This is the listing for my current project for the Bristol Proms 2014: Associate artists at Bristol Old Vic The Sacconi Quartet, follow their performance of Schubert’s Quintet in C (Bristol Proms 2013) with Beethoven’s great Quartet opus 132, performed in the intimate environs of the Old Vic Studio. Collaborating with Judith Aston and her colleagues from the UWE Filmmaking department, the performance will experiment with cameras, multiple projections and VJ-ing to explore how a cinematic environment can be created to help evoke the imagination and emotion that comes with the music.

Sacconi rehearsal

After my initial conversations with the Quartet and The Old Vic, I have invited Michael Sides and James Gates from the Russian Winter film crew to work alongside me. We had our first workshop with the Sacconis two weeks ago when they came to Bristol to play for us and discuss their approach. I was immediately struck by their body language and the shapes that they create, both as individual musicians playing their instruments and as a quartet playing together. It is these subtle shifts and more obvious transformations that occur through the performance of the music that we intend to capture on film.

The performance will be in the Bristol Old Vic Studio Theatre on Weds 30th July.

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