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PORTINARI and THE BLACK MONK
Book and Music
Roland Bryce © 2019
Wednesday 31st August 2022,
St John's Anglican Church,
Sardis / Chilliwack
Begins @ 7:00pm
6th September 2022,
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Begins @ 7:30pm
Roland Bryce, Flute
Anya McRae, Harp
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Welcome to my 'online place' where I can freely share information or thoughts about my latest musical endeavours.
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Some of my personal ideas regarding the 'art' in music are open to debate. I don't profess to know as much or more than you. I compose & write music because music took over my life when I was 12 years old.
Composing just began to flow from the pencil to the MS paper. It was a very odd emergent process. After that, everything was primarily about music for me. Perhaps have a listen and feel free to chat with me about any of my pieces.
Music can maybe just wash over us, or fill you with joy, at times like an ocean it can arouse your spirit, heal the sick, purge your sorrows, reveal the divine.
Perhaps allow music to absorb you into its own unique time-locked sound world. Music is for Life!
Roland Bryce plays the solo flute part in his composition Portinari and the Black Monk
"Anyone who has visited the ruins of the Lewes Priory in Sussex, England will be impressed by the history in the stones that remain. Visitors take stock of the super artwork displays, showing the original scope of the Monastery. And yet it is the foundations and the stones themselves that draw you in. Every flint has unique obsidian images and scars. The stones in the ruins can create a narrative of the 500 years or so during which Cluniac monks and Lewes folk lived, worked worshipped and died. Music was a constant horarium, with monks singing chants every 2 hours. It must have been a place of sanctity until its dissolution in 1538. Portinari and the Black Monk is a tale of woe but also hope and music is the source of solace for all"
Nuova Musica: 'new music'
Unless we listen to new music and make a place for it in the coveted world of concert programmes and staged current events, we may miss something very special that is happening right in the 'now'.
Contemporary music, within our current time.
The composer, choosing sounds, creates sounds, manipulates and codifies sounds, translating them into sonic statements and musical gestures that affect the listeners. These compostions, or ‘pieces’ if you prefer are ‘time-locked’ timbres, rhythms and harmonic relationships often dynamically specific: the silence before, the first few measures and dynamic impact, whether pp
or ff. Then, onwards to the final cadences or, tailing-off and back to the silence.