Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra: Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

+ Young Echo
Saturday 8 March 2014
Trinity Centre
Trinity Rd. Bristol. BS2 0NW
7.00pm - 10.00pm | £15 | Buy Tickets

Qu have long found Bristol’s Trinity Centre a fine place to witness powerful music, from Culture Shock to Godspeed, Surgeon to Smog… it has happened large and proud. The church has roots. They have now made the hallowed upstairs a music room/venue that Bristol can be proud of. Details of the spellbinding event to launch the space is laid out below.

A very special performance from Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra : Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ opens the room to a pivotal piece of 20th Century music played by a huge orchestra of guitar players coming from all over Bristol and beyond .

Adrian Utley (Portishead) brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley’s In C. This influential piece of 20th Century music, written in 1964, helped to establish minimalism as a music genre – using 53 musical phrases in C and no duration, taking C’s simple musical rules and allowing for infinite variations.

Utley’s impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by percussion and organs, making for a vintage and mesmeric sound. The effect is that of an organic musical experience, very much created in front of the audience – both fragile and thunderingly uplifting.

Event programmer Rhiannon says;

This is the perfect opening gig for our newly refurbished space and we are so pleased that Adrian and his orchestra have agreed to perform. The launch follows the completion of our Big Lottery funded building works which have focused on bringing our underused upstairs hall into use.

With a new sprung wooden floor and underfloor heating, as well as a new reception and improvements to our external grounds, we hope that this event will be the first of many to bring new life and use to this much-loved Bristolian landmark.”

Before ‘In C’ comes a live Young Echo encampment, Angular and taught but as loose and porous as any West Country resistance Young Echo beautifully deceive. Their debut album contains new moves and secret codes that have kept critics and the musical adventurous from all sides of the tracks very, very intrigued. Young Echo hive a mentality and shared principles that emanates through radio, live sessions/jams, releases, side projects, basement sessions and stripped back and arresting artwork. This collective delve deep into all manner of dance music histories while charismatically and poetically fwd searching. As Juno put it “it’s easy to get lost between the numerous production names and projects that fly under the Young Echo banner, as the styles range and stretch while never managing to sound generic.”

Smithy & Mighty will headline the Re-launch After Party following below the new room in the main hall. A late one, with support from old and new Trinity favourites including a DJ sets from Young Echo – with more acts to be announced.

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