A4 Room: Come and Play Nordic Music
Fraser Trainer studied composition at Huddersfield University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a postgraduate student, where he won the 1992 Lutoslawski Prize. He already has five London Sinfonietta commissions to his name and has firmly established himself as a composer keen to communicate with both performers and audiences through a vivid and direct musical language. At Nordic Music Days 2017, Fraser Trainer will lead the A4 Room workshop.
30 September 2017 | 4.00–5.00 pm
Southbank Centre | Clore Ballroom
Visitors are invited to bring instruments or their voices and try out some contemporary Nordic pieces from the A4 room for the first time. The A4 room is a crossborder project between visual art, notated music and improvisation which was initiated in 2004 by Leif Jordansson for The Great Learning Orchestra. The initial invitation to composers was as an open invitation to contribute a piece for orchestra, with the only restriction that it should be written to fit on an A4 sheet of paper. Now this resource has grown into an archive with more than 140 compositions created by artists and composers from different genres from all over the world, which has become a unique insight into experimental music and its creative processes.
The workshop is open for musicians of all ages and proficiency levels. Note reading is not required. Bring your own instrument or use your voice.
The invitation is made clear that all means are permitted and that one may use anything from notes and text instructions to graphic images and photographs. A4 room becomes a combination of an installation and a concert of compositions which both can be seen at and listened to. The Great Learning Orchestra creates, in the art gallery, a place where the distinction between a musical work and a social act dissolves and gives a delightful insight into experimental music and its creative processes.
The workshop is lead by Fraser Trainer.