GHOSTS AND WHISPERS
An unbroken sequence of broken pieces, shards, fragments, last thoughts, elegies and absences by Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Janacek, Stravinsky, Jacquet de la Guerre and Schumann, interleaved with movements from John Woolrich's Pianobooks.
Ghosts and Whispers is a new collaboration between Clare and composer John Woolrich that explores ideas of fragmentation, erasure and death. Presented as a 60-minute recital, it comprises a series of incomplete movements by composers from Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre to Igor Stravinsky, interlaced with pieces from John's Pianobook series. The audience is perpetually disorientated by a succession of shadows, illusions and broken promises that gradually slides into darkness.
The programme can be performed alongside a new film by the Brothers Quay, specially designed for this project, composed of unused fragments from earlier works. Ideal for a haunted or derelict space, the programme is staged with dimmed lights in a hushed acoustic while the audience is immersed in an unpredictable and unsettling succession of differing sound worlds. A programme booklet, with details of works performed, is handed out at the end of the concert.
View an earlier film, Streets of Crocodile (1986), by the Brothers Quay here: