12:30 / 24 août 1996 / Chapelle Saint Jean

Barry Guy contrebasse, Maya Homburger violon baroque.

Barry Guy

Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of Jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.

Between the early Seventies and mid Nineties Barry Guy held principal bass position in various orchestras including The Orchestra of St.John’s Smith Square, City of London Sinfonia, Monteverdi Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Kent Opera and The London Classical Players. During these years he was also active in the European Improvised Scene.

He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra for which he has written several extended works with recordings of the following : Ode (Incus 1972 and re-released on Intakt 1996), Stringer (FMP 1980), Polyhymnia on ZURICH CONCERTS (Intakt 1988), Harmos (Intakt 1989), Double Trouble (Intakt 1990), Theoria (Intakt 1992) with the Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer as soloist, Portraits (Intakt 1994) and Three Pieces for Orchestra (Intakt 1997).

His concert works have been widely performed and his skilful and inventive writing has resulted in an exceptional series of compositions : Flagwalk (1983), The Eye of Silence (1988), Look Up ! (1990), After the Rain (1992), Bird Gong Game (1992), Fallingwater (1996), Redshift (1998), Remembered Earth (1999), Nasca Lines (2001), Inachis (2002), Folio (2002) and Anaklasis (2003).

Look Up ! was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber-Scale Composition 1991–1992. Guy’s compositions usually reflect a personal liaison with musicians and ensembles he writes for. As such, the commissions arrive from chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists interested in contemporary musical performance with a special commitment to communicate with the audience. Guy’s works therefore have a sense of freshness without recourse to ideological excesses or scores that baffle players to the extent that performing becomes a trial.

The scores however are virtuosic and often present innovative sonorities and extended instrumental techniques and as a performer himself he is ideally placed to assess these possibilities.

Barry Guy continues to give solo recitals throughout Europe as well as continuing associations with colleagues involved in improvised, baroque and contemporary music. His current regular ensembles are the Homburger/Guy duo, the Parker/Guy duo, piano trios with Marilyn Crispell and Paul Lytton, Jaques Demierre and Lucas Niggli and a recently formed trio with Agusti Fernandez and Ramon Lopez. He continues the longstanding trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton as well as projects with Mats Gustafsson.

The Barry Guy New Orchestra (BGNO), formed in 2000, features in festivals as a project ensemble, and Barry Guy as a director/composer is often invited to work with large ensembles using his own extensive library of composed works or to give lectures and workshops on his various graphic scores. BGNO’s first album Inscape-Tableaux was a recipient of the 2001 Choc de l’Année award in France.

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source : www.barryguy.com



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Maya Homburger

Born and educated in Zurich, Switzerland, Maya Homburger moved to England in 1986 to join John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, Trevor Pinnock’s The English Concert and other period instrument groups. Ever since meeting the composer and solo bassist Barry Guy – on the occasion of an extended concert tour with Christopher Hogwood’s Academy of Ancient Music – she has devoted her time between managing his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, running their CD label MAYA Recordings and developing her own personal style on the baroque violin, specialising more and more in chamber music and solo performance.

She is leader of the groups The Chandos Baroque Players and Trio Virtuoso. In 1993 she recorded the twelve fantasies for solo violin by G.Ph.Telemann and in 1995 the six sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach together with Malcolm Proud. Having been invited to play Telemann for the Jazz Festival in Rive de Gier (France) she shared the concert with Barry Guy combining baroque and new compositions and improvisations. For this occasion they commissioned Buxton Orr and Giles Swayne to write pieces for baroque violin and double bass.

Other new works in her repertoire include Barry Guy’s compositions Celebration for solo violin, Ceremony for violin and tape and the duo Slow right arm by Roger Marsh for baroque violin and double bass. In 1996 Barry Guy and Maya Homburger moved to Ireland where they hope to contribute both to the early as well as the contemporary music scene.

Since then, they have continued to give concerts in many major Jazz, New Music and Baroque Music Festivals all over Europe. In 1999 Maya Homburger organised her own music Series in Dublin called "Now and Then". In 2000 she was one of the leaders and soloists for J.E. Gardiner’s Bach pilgrimage which took her to many of the most beautiful cathedrals and churches all over Europe where she performed 52 of Bach’s Cantatas.

The German label ECM has recently released the first CD of the Duo Homburger/Guy called "Ceremony" with works by Barry Guy and H.I.F.Biber for baroque violin and double bass.

Her instrument is an Italian baroque violin, made by Antonio dalla Costa, Treviso in 1740 which is in its original baroque condition.



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1996
 
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