MODERN COMPOSITION WITH GAVIN BRYARS
STARTS 19/05/2021 | 6 PLACES LEFT

THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • All dietary requirements catered for - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies - no problem
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Individual tuition with Gavin Bryars
  • Performance and recording of your work on site
  • Group sessions studying a wide variety of material
  • Subsequent performance of your work at Fuse Art Space (UK) and digital release
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our recording facilities, arts library, digital editing suites and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars

CAMP AT HOME

This course will take place onsite at CAMP in 2021. However, if you would prefer to study with Gavin this year, from the comfort of your home, check out the online version of the workshop. It involves live online classes, lectures, and discussions, assignments, individual tuition with Gavin via Skype and email, and instructional resources. If you sign up to the onsite workshop in 2021, you get the distance learning course free.

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This session costs $1,429 (or 6 monthly payments of $238.16).
To reserve, click below - no payment is required at this stage. You'll receive a booking confirmation email with secure payment links, and you'll have three days to confirm your booking by making a payment (either in full, or by starting a 4-month payment plan).
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"Not only is Gavin Bryars one of my favourite composers, but he's now also one of my favourite human beings. Thanks for a life changing experience." (Sunny Lazic, participant in Gavin's 2018 & 2019 workshops)

"This week has been such a nugget of gold. It's a privilege to spend a whole week talking about, thinking about, and writing music with really interesting creative people. Such an inspiring week." (Hayley Jenkins, participant in Gavin's 2018 workshop)

Check out the report on Gavin's 2018 session here. As the report shows, this workshop is for all types of people working with sound and music, from trained composers to self-taught producers and visual artists working with sound.

Gavin Bryars is without a doubt one of the world's most celebrated living composers. He emerged to the musical establishment in the early sixties, playing bass with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley - his relationship with improvisation, although of some significance, was short lived, and by the late 60's he was working with John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White. His first major works - The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), originally released on Brian Eno's Obscure label in 1975, and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) - were released in new versions in the 1990s, selling over a quarter of a million copies.

Opera and ballet have formed important strands in Gavin's practice - he has written five full-length operas, working with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera de Lyon, English National Opera, Mainz Opera, Long Beach Opera and the Opera de Paris, alongside such renowned directors as Robert Wilson, Atom Egoyan, Georges Delnon and Jean Lacornerie. He has worked with Opera North Projects and the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2006. He has done scores for over twenty ballets and his collaboration with Merce Cunningham, Biped, toured worldwide with the Cunningham Company and subsequently throughout France with CNDC Angers’ recreation in Merce’s centenary year 2019.

Elsewhere in Gavin's extensive catalogue of works can be found vocal works written for The Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian Radio Choir, Trio Mediaeval, The Crossing, Iarla O’Lionaird and commissions for Bournemouth Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Primavera Chamber Orchestra Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. His background in the visual arts has resulted in works for the opening of the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, an installation in the Chateau d'Oiron, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, a work for the Tate Gallery St Ives, and a project for the Valencia Architecture Biennale. This visual arts affinity has also led to highly successful collaborations with David Byrne, Bruce MacLean, Bill Culbert, Juan Munoz, Christian Boltanski, Will Alsop and others.

This course does not take a narrow dogmatic line, but rather will take Gavin's work as a starting point to examine compositional forms and strategies, working closely with the group members’ existing practice and methods, and with the aim of each student developing a finished work for performance at the end of the session. Participants from all musical backgrounds are welcome, whether classically trained, improvisors, sound artists, installation artists, conceptual artists or favouring any other approach. Bring works in progress to be developed; or start on something new whether alone or collectively. Develop new projects and ideas using CAMP's resources, or work with the extraordinary natural environment.

Sessions will include:

Individual tuition sessions, examining and developing each student's existing work and practice
Group sessions examining different types of musical material, including vocal music (both solo and ensemble), string music, opera, music for dance, composing in relation to music from the past, and arranging the music of others
Evening events showing Gavin's work in opera and film
Development of each student's work for final performance by the group at the end of the course


The sessions will be accompanied by optional outdoors activities led by CAMP crew, including guided mountaineering, visits to local beauty points, and downtime to hang out, relax, enjoy the local food and wine, and learn informally from Gavin, the CAMP crew, and your fellow students. Following the course, further support of the work developed will come in the form of performance and release opportunities via Fuse Art Space and our range of in-house record labels, as well as broadcast opportunities on CAMP Radio.



WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 19/05/2021. We advise that you arrive the evening before (18/05/2021) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (24/05/2021). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 18/05/2021, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 24/05/2021.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a 6 month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/6 of the fee today, and 1/6 each month (on the same day) for an additional 5 months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.

IMPORTANT: BY SIGNING UP TO A COURSE (OR A PAYMENT SPLIT), YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: RELEASE OF YOUR WORK ON OUR IN-HOUSE LABELS, PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE AND ACROSS OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER ORGANISATIONS, BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMP RADIO