11 - 14 October 2007
Frieze Music 2007 Announced: Glenn Branca at London's Roundhouse
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The Frieze Music presentation for 2007 will be a performance of Glenn Branca's epic Symphony No.13: Hallucination City for 100 electric guitars, directed by Branca at London's Roundhouse on Friday, 12 October.
A piece of transformative beauty, it has been described by the Village Voice as "Branca's most impressive work ever."
Glenn Branca, who started out as a member of NY punk outfit Theoretical Girls, began composing for electric guitar ensembles in the early 80s. His ensembles have featured members of Sonic Youth, Swans and Helmet. Hallucination City was premiered in the World Trade Centre Plaza, New York, in 2001 to overwhelming public acclaim.
Over the next few months Branca will closely supervise the recruitment of the 100 guitarists who will all be unpaid volunteers. Players need to be able to read basic staff notation and have the ability to follow a part measure for measure. Interested players, who must own their own guitar and small sized amp, can contact Branca at firstname.lastname@example.org, marking their email LONDON.
The volunteers must be available for two day-long rehearsals at The Forum, Kentish Town, London, on 9 October and 10 October and for a lengthy sound check and performance on 12 October at the Roundhouse, London.
Frieze Music is created by Dan Fox and Steve Mackey, produced and co-curated in 2007 by Paul Smith in association with Live Nation. Frieze Music is the off-site music programme of Frieze Art Fair which takes place in Regent's Park, London 11-14 October 2007
I think its worth a shot!