Spire Live at Union Chapel, London | 22nd October 2015

The Union Chapel Organ Project and Touch are proud to present…

Spire
Union Chapel
730pm - 1030pm Thursday October 22nd 2015

www.spire.org.uk
theeternalchord.bandcamp.com

"The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…" (Claude Debussy)


Combining organ and electronics, with voice and piano, Spire combines the acoustic with the digital. Starting with a live event at St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva, (which was built in 1160 and the crucible of the Reformation in 1534) in 2004, 14 further live events in York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and other sites of special acoustic interest have taken place… Spire is an engrossing treatise on the relevance of an instrument too often forgotten by modern secular music. The music is powerful and free, restrained and reflective…

Spire is one of the most innovative projects around, drawing on the full canon of organ works, from the very first annotation in the Robertsbridge Codex from the 14th Century, to max msp patches and software sampling... With two CD releases and many performances in cathedrals and churches throughout Europe, Spire remains a potent live force in harnessing the sounds of the ages.

Spire: organ works past present & future performed by

Charles Matthews (organ)
Philip Jeck (turntables)
Black Death (Tenor & electronics)
John Beaumont (Tenor)
Claire Singer (Organ & electronics)
The Eternal Chord (Organ) with The Spire Ensemble...

other artists to be added in due course...


The Players


Charles Matthews

Co-curator of Spire and organist, Charles Matthews was born in 1966 and studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. His teachers have included Beryl Tichbon, Gwilym Isaac, David Pettit, Patricia Carroll, Nicholas Danby, Charles Spinks and Dr Richard Marlow. Charles has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist.

Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck gives us a kind of archaeology of sounds, from organ, rock, kitsch or scratching. He goes to the source of sound, and promises a beautiful and mesmerising set of turntabilism (using organ vinyl records) which asks questions about time, time which is running, time of artistic creation… Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work.

Black Death

A duo of BJNilsen (electronics) and John Beaumont (tenor), who will also sing solo, accompanied by Charles Matthews (piano)

Claire Singer

Claire performs for Spire for the first time, and premiers a new work for organ and electronics

The Eternal Chord

This organ piece explores the outer limits of the instrument, using pedals and stops in an improvised display of experimental organ music…


You can hear an interview with some of the players here

You can buy tickets here

 

Now available: Live in Bergen | Cassette (The Tapeworm)

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway

Featuring BJNilsen & John Beaumont’s Black Death, a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews’s repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johan Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson’s Ananta is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.

This cassette will be released in July 2014

Liner notes:

A1: Charles Matthews plays JS Bach "Komm, Heiliger Geist", A2: Charles Matthews plays Giacinto Scelsi "In Nomine Lucis", A3. BJNilsen and John Beaumont "Black Death"

B1: The Eternal Chord "The Eternal Chord (Live)", B2: Marcus Davidson "Ananta", B3: The Spire Ensemble "Live In Bergen", B4: Charles Matthews plays Arvo Pärt "Pari Intervallo"

Recorded on 1.11.13 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale 2013, with thanks to Kjetil Almenning and Møyfrid Fuglestad. Published by Touch Music [MCPS] except – A2: Editions Salabert/G Ricordi & Co.; B4: Universal Edition.
Illustration – Art I Cho.

This cassette is an aspiring product of The Tapeworm – "give the peasants champagne and they still want dirty water" TTW#70, copyright 2014 The Tapeworm. www.tapeworm.org.uk

Now available in the TouchShop

 

Spire 5 | Marcus Davidson "The Passing"

2 tracks - FLAC Audio download - 18:31

Track listing and notes:

1. The Passing 9:14

Recorded at St. Stephan's Church, Mautern, Austria as part of Spire live at The Kontraste Festival, Krems, 11th October 2013.

Marcus Davidson - Organ & Electronics

EVP samples by Raymond Cass from "The Ghost Orchid - An Introduction to EVP" [PARC CD1]
NASA recording of the winds of Saturn from The Voyager Spacecraft
Natural VLF Radio Phenomena of the Magnetosphere and space weather recording by S.P. McGreevy

With thanks to Charles Matthews

2. Sacred Space 9:17

Recorded at PassionsKirche, Berlin, Germany as part of CTM12 Festival, 5th February 2012

Marcus Davidson - Electronics
Charles Matthews - Organ

Part one: Notations from the NASA recordings of the Rings of Uranus
Part two: The Sun dawning over the dark rings of Uranus


Buy Marcus Davidson "The Passing" [FLAC download] in the TouchShop
www.marcusdavidson.net

 

The 15th Spire took place in on 1st November 2013 in Bergen

The 15th Spire took place in Bergen, Norway on 1st November 2013.

Festival for church art and music
Bergen kirkeautunnale 2013

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The 14th Spire took place on 11th October 2013 in Mautern

The 14th Spire took place in St. Stephan's Church, Mautern, close to Krems, Austria, on 11th October 2013, opening the Kontraste Festival.

Location: Mautern

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The 13th Spire took place on 21st June 2012 in London

The 13th Spire took place at St. Botolphs without Aldgate on Thursday 21st June 2012 as part of The Spitalfields Summer Festival

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The 12th Spire took place on 5th February 2012 in Berlin

CTM 12, Passionskirche, Berlin

Marcus Davidson
Eleh
Hildur Gudnadottir
Charles Matthews
Jana Winderen

The Eternal Chord
Organology

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The 11th Spire took place on 21st October 2011 in Lincoln Cathedral

Frequency Festival 2011
21st – 29th October
Lincoln

Philip Jeck
Charles Matthews
Charles Matthews & Mike Harding - The Eternal Chord

BJNilsen
The Spire Ensemble - Organogram

with John Beaumont (Tenor)

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Spire Live - Fundamentalis | Autofact 12/Touch Tone 28 - Back in stock

Spire Live - Fundamentalis
Autofact FACT 12/Touch Tone 28
Double LP Vinyl only
Art Direction & Design by Jon Wozencroft

This release is now available again from the TouchShop here

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Spire 4 - Pietro Riparbelli "4 Churches"

320kbps MP3 - 4 tracks - 42:09
Download-only

Mastered by Giuseppe Verticchio

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Spire Live on Bandcamp

The Spire Live Archive is now available on bandcamp

Including unreleased tracks by Fennesz | Philip Jeck | BJNilsen | Hildur Gudnadottir | Jana Winderen & others

Added January 2015 Spire Live - "Fundamentalis", previously only available on double vinyl (edition now sold out)

 

Contact Spire

Twitter: Spire

Email: spire@spire.org.uk

 

Bookings for Spire

Next year, 2014, Spire celebrates 10 years of activity… (see below for a link to the full list of events)

Booking enquiries can be made to Annette here

 

About Spire

The Organ - The Emperor of Instruments

"The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…" (Claude Debussy)

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Spire Live Full Programmes | 2004-2014+

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Spire Live Events | 2004 - 2014+

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Spire CD & Vinyl Releases | 2005-2014+

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Spire releases may be purchased from the TouchShop here

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Spire Artists | 2004-2014+

Artists who have performed at Spire events...

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Spire Downloads

Robertsbridge Codex
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Charles Matthews, Chamber Organ: Philippe de Vitry: Adesto-Firmissime-Alleluia (keyboard version from the Robertsbridge Codex, c.1360) [Spire Live in York Minster, 2007]