For his first major London Sinfonietta commission, prolific composer Georg Friedrich Haas has written music in response to a major retrospective devoted to celebrated British artist Bridget Riley at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery. Haas’ style, which juxtaposes different instrumental tunings, perfectly reflects Riley’s powerful and engaging work, which contrasts black-and-white blocks in regular patterns, causing a powerful visual sensation. Submerge your senses in a performance that amalgamates the visions of two of the most extraordinary artists of our time.
This event will be in two halves. Following a short interval, heighten the evening’s connection between fine art and music by viewing artist responses to the work of Bridget Riley and music of Georg Friedrich Haas in a collection of short films created by a select group of students from the renowned art school Central Saint Martins. Each film will feature excerpts from Georg Friedrich Haas’ masterwork in vain (2000) as their soundtrack.
Georg Friedrich Haas Hommage à Bridget Riley (world premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)
Katherine Balch New Geometry
Brad Lubman conductor
Commission supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation
An enthralling performance The Guardian on London Sinfonietta’s 2017 performance of Haas’ in vain
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