PRESS RELEASE Art and Music at RWA Bristol and Hauser and Wirth Somerset

TWO CONCERTS CONNECTING ART AND MUSIC

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Fiona Robinson Anywhere Else But Here. Graphite charcoal chalk and wax. 56 x 76 cmd. 2015

How does one define the relationship between music and art? How might a work of visual art be re-imagined as music? New Music in the South West has invited composers to create new music in response to the work of contemporary artists for a concert exploring the interface between music and art. Geoff Poole and Jean-Paul Metzger will be composing pieces inspired by Zhang Enli’s Four Season’s exhibition at Hauser and Wirth Somerset, whilst a collaboration between composer Julian Leeks and artist Fiona Robinson will present a developing conversation between the two art forms, and between each other’s work. Leeks is Founder and Artistic Director of NMSW which commissions new work from young composers and hosts a series of concerts showcasing these works plus world premiers of works by more established composers throughout the year. Much of Fiona’s work is about music, primarily J S Bach’s Cello Suites, John Cage and Gustave Fauré. She chose Julian’s String Quartet Anywhere Else but Here 2013 as the first work for their collaboration. “The complexity of the layering of the different instruments and the repetitive pulse of the cello made it a very intense and demanding process. I needed to deconstruct and separate the sounds, isolate the yearning melody and then put it all back together visually whilst at the same time responding to the emotional darkness of the piece. It really took me out of my comfort zone and it took much longer than normal to complete the drawing.” Leeks’ new string quartet and Fiona Robinson’s drawing will come together at two venues in June. The concerts at the RWA Bristol and Hauser and Wirth will also feature works composed in response to works on show at both venues, The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art and DRAWN at the RWA and Zhang Enli Four Seasons at Hauser and Wirth.

Art and Music 1 NMSW Concert at the RWA Bristol 7 June at 7 pm

DRAWN Biennial Drawing Open Exhibition and The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art at the Royal West of England Academy 21 March – 7 June 2015

Art and Music 2 NMSW Concert, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, 13 June 2015

Zang Enli Four Seasons at Hauser and Wirth Somerset 8 March – 21 June 2015

http://www.nmsw.org.uk

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