Gavin Bryars

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Big Ears, Big Mouths

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Goethe once said, "music starts where words end." But what about when the words continue and the music joins in? All Ears celebrates this overlap tonight at 10 pm.


New Sounds

Requiem-Based New Music, Part II

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

For this second program of a two-part mini-series, we'll listen to more unconventional works that draw inspiration from the text of the requiem mass. There's music by Gavin Bryars, the Cadman Requiem, written in honor of Bryars' sound engineer and friend, Bill Cadman, who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  Also, hear a requiem by Ragnar Grippe from Sweden for soprano and synthesizer, a wordless requiem by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and more. 


New Sounds

Full Circle and Lukas Foss

Saturday, February 19, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear three compositions written specifically for Canadian jazz-pop artist Holly Cole by Gavin Bryars, as played by the CBC Radio Orchestra.  Also, experience Gavin Bryars' "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet,” the late minimalist piece for orchestra and tape that opens with a homeless man singing a simple melody that is looped over and over again for the entire 74 minutes of the album.  Slowly, Bryars weaves in a beautiful string arrangement that develops underneath the melody, and singer Tom Waits joins in at the end. 


New Sounds

The New Opera - Part 3

Friday, October 20, 1989

In the third installment of 'The New Opera' series we hear excerpts from Gavin Bryars' "Medea, Act III," along with some of Philadelphia-born composer Stewart Wallace's pieces: "L'Cha Dodi" and "Kabbala."  Also, listen to Bob Telson and Little Village performing "The Glow of the Likeness" recorded live in Central Park.