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4th August 2018 – 14th August 2018

The Tiger's Mind


For its final residency, The Wilson has invited Chris Cundy, Cheltenham-based musician and composer, to transform the third floor gallery into a temporary research laboratory.  Over the course of ten days Chris will create his own interpretation of The Tiger’s Mind, a rarely performed and unconventional score by Cornelius Cardew. Six mysterious narratives are memorised by any number of performers and it is played out like a game of hide and seek. Chris will be delving into The Wilson Stores to find six objects that illustrate and bring Cardew’s text to life, compiling documentary evidence and creating musical responses to each object.

There will be a variety of soundscapes, including field recordings made at Winchcombe Pottery (Cardew’s birthplace), cut-ups, word games, discussions, improvisation workshops, collaborations with musicians and orchestral performances.

A presentation of live events takes place on Saturday 11th August at 3pm when the gallery will host a performance of a new work orchestrated especially for the residency by Chris Cundy. Performed by an ensemble and narrator this will be played in tandem with a unique interpretation of The Tiger’s Mind. The concert will also bring together a 40-piece choir and orchestra to perform Cardew’s monumental work The Great Learning: Paragraph 3 – also combining music and text, but taking a more conventional approach, based on translations of the ancient writings and teachings of Confucius.

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