Thursday 30 April 2015, 8pm
Jayne Parker’s films seek equivalences between film and other art forms – between the ways in which film might frame and extend the sounds, sight and movements of music and performance. The film that she has made with John Tilbury, of Samuel Beckett’s … but the clouds … is a recent collaboration, which derives from Beckett’s specific directions for the piece originally written as a play for television in 1976. Parker has also made several films with the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, which explore his playing of pieces by John Cage, Volker Heyn and Laurence Crane amongst others.
This special concert of music and films at Cafe OTO will include a screening of … but the clouds… followed by a performance of related piano music by John Tilbury, who has recently composed a number of pieces based on late prose works by Samuel Beckett, including Worstward Ho and Stirrings Still. The second half of the programme will include a number of Jayne Parker’s films that feature Anton Lukoszevieze, followed by his performance of related cello music.
CONTACT is a series of screening events, programmed by Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne, presenting a range of filmmakers’ work and connections across different practices and art forms.
Blues in B-flat Jayne Parker (2000) with Anton Lukoszevieze
John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.
Jayne Parker is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been widely shown, in major art institutions, on television and in film and music festivals. Her early films, often centred on her own performances to camera, involve an associative and quasi-symbolic approach to framing and montage. More recent works take the performance of music as their primary subject and she has made many works with cellist Anton Lukoszevieze and pianist Katharina Wolpe. In 2008 the British Film Institute released a DVD compilation of her film works in their British Artists' Film series. Her films are distributed by LUX and she teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, where she is Head of Graduate Fine Art Media.
Cellist and inter-disciplinary artist Anton Lukoszevieze is one of the most diverse performers of his generation and is notable for his performances of avant-garde, experimental and improvised music. Anton has given many performances at numerous international festivals throughout Europe and the USA (Maerzmusik, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, GAS, Transart, Ultima, Issue Project Space, NYC) and BBC Radio 3. Deutschlandfunk, Berlin produced a radio portrait of him in September, 2003. Anton has also performed concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the 2001 Aldeburgh festival, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with contemporary vocal ensemble Exaudi and King’s College Choir, Cambridge. He is notable for his use of the curved bow (BACH-Bogen), which he is using to develop new repertoire for the cello. From 2005-7 he was New Music Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard Gallery. Anton is the subject of several films by the renowned artist-filmmaker Jayne Parker. From 2003-14 he was a member of Zeitkratzer and in 2008 made his contemporary dance debut with the Vincent Dance Company in Broken Chords, Dusseldorf in 2008.
Anton has premiered and commissioned new works for cello by a multitude of contemporary composers, including Christopher Fox, Gerhard Staebler, Amnon Wolman, Kunsu Shim, Laurence Crane, Richard Ayres, Phill Niblock, Sven Lyder Karhs, Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Molitor, Rytis Mazulis, Arturas Bumsteinas, Ricardis Kabelis, Juste Janulyte, Richard Emsley, James Saunders, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Alwynne Pritchard, Peter Eotvos, Egidija Medeksaite, Joseph Kudirka, Benedict Drewe, Bryn Harrison, Joseph Kuirdka, Mathew Adkins. Karkheinz Essl, Simon Waters, Zbigniew Karkowski and Reinhold Friedl.
He is the founder and director of the group Apartment House.