Live @Guggenheim: The Sinking of the Titanic

The Wordless Music Orchestra Performs Gavin Bryars's Masterful The Sinking of the Titanic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On Thursday, April 14 at 8:50 p.m. ET, Q2 breaks champagne over the hull of its first live audio Webcast from New York's Guggenheim Museum with a performance by the Wordless Music Orchestra of English composer Gavin Bryars's The Sinking of the Titanic. The piece is part of the larger T.1912, a multimedia installation by French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster designed specifically for the Guggenheim's iconic rotunda.

WQXR host David Garland will be joined at the top of the show by Gonzalez-Foerster, who will set the stage for those listening at home and discuss the key role audience members play during the performance, and by Guggenheim producer and T.1912 collaborator, Charles Fabius. Gonzalez-Foerster and Fabius collaborated before on the Guggenheim's NY.2022.

The Webcast lasts approximately one hour and will be archived for on-demand streaming on this page the following day.

Here's Gavin Bryars explaining the genesis behind his kaleidoscopic, sound sample-rich early masterpiece, The Sinking of the Titanic

Thursday's Webcast also marks the launch of Never Failed Me Yet: a four-day festival immersion in the sonic world of composer Gavin Bryars. The festival features introductions by Bryars himself to many of his seminal works, exclusive private and unreleased live recordings, archival audio and video interviews and tributes by some of his many colleagues and admirers.

Engineering Credits: Edward Haber (technical director), George Wellington, Noriko Okabe, Damon Whittemore.

Hosted by:

David Garland


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Comments [4]

Cecile from Paris, France

I so enjoyed being there. I like the work of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and I love the music of Gavin Bryars. I knew them both in Lyon (France) at the Biennale of Contemporary Art where I worked. What an incredible idea to go back to the genesis of the Guggenheim museum, through the Titanic story. What a thrill it must be! Bravo Guggenheim museum staff, definitely!

Apr. 15 2011 04:24 PM
Vic from ? !

Your system has changed my syntax...

Why ?

Apr. 15 2011 05:27 AM
Vic from ?

There I was for the second touching Performance - T. 1912
That Night - standing on the upper B Deck just Below the Spirits of the place, cavorting in the Cold night air & frigid sea...
Now floating -^-^-^-
Now sinking - v // |
Soft white stone face serine on C Deck
Brancusi's muse as my witness

Apr. 15 2011 05:18 AM

David Garland's interviews with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Charles Fabius were deftly focused -- really helped us understand how T.1912 uses the space, orchestra (and audience on "decks") in the Guggenheim. And nice shots on Q2's Facebook page from the preps, rounded out by Garland's post-performance commentary.

Once again, it's stunning what fidelity and perspective Q2/WQXR engineers can achieve in streaming a complex live performance, particularly in the interplay of the Wordless Music Orchestra's work and samplings. The result is a surprisingly "present" sound, and another dynamic, engaging live production from Alex Ambrose and his team.

Knowing the venerable Guggenheim, even after all the work on it, I can tell we're hearing a purer, more deeply nuanced rendering of The Sinking of the Titanic on our Bose headphones via the mighty Q2 than "deck" A, B, or C is getting! We won't tell them. :-)

A moving evocation of a landmark composition handsomely shared with Internet new-classical fans -- and a champagne launch for Q2's weeklong "Never Failed Me Yet" celebration of Gavin Bryars.


Apr. 14 2011 09:48 PM

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