‘The Scratch Orchestra’s Nature Study Notes’ performed at Chisenhale Dance Space on Saturday 28th June 2014 7.30pm 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
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‘The Scratch Orchestra’s Nature Study Notes’ – performed by an ensemble of original Scratch Orchestra members and new performers including: Jane Alden, George Chambers, Linn D, Carole Finer, Sharon Gal, John Hails, Bryn Harris, Les Hutchins, Robbie Lockwood, Geraldine McEwan, Matt Scott, Hugh Shrapnel, Stefan Szczelkun, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Ali Warner.
Nature Study Notes is a collection of 152 written instructions or ‘scores’ that was published as a booklet by Cornelius Cardew at the beginning of the Scratch Orchestra in 1969. The scores are called ‘rites’ and were used in many of the early Scratch Orchestra concerts. This is a music improvisation and visual performance event about one hour duration.
“I must say, in hindsight, that the improvisation rites have an overall uniqueness – almost a new art form with elements of theatre, music, visuals – but amounting to something else. They have great variety (reflecting the individual character & preoccupations of the author) but an overall character (if this makes sense!).” Hugh Shrapnel, 24-12-2013
We made a rough programme so that popular rites that people wanted to do at the same time or which specified a group performance, didn’t clash. Other rites to be played by individuals, duos or trios are not listed below.
Skeletal Progamme mark2
20.00 HMSIR 5 led by Hugh Shrapnel starts the concert. When this ends we do rite CCAR17 ‘accompaniment and solo’.
20.09 ABP 128 co-ordinated by Jane. ‘9 basic sounds’
20.16 CCSR 18 ‘elected soloist repeats an action’ Ali Warner leads
20.25 HSBR 34 ’six deep breaths’ (group version) led by Bryn. NB dispersed in time version led by Sharon.
20.27 CFIRNTFM 145 ‘flower piece’ co-ordinated by Carolyn.
20.29 DJ68 led by John Hails ’slow metamorphosis to a snarling mob’
20.36 CCRR 66 co-ordinated by Carolyn ‘radiant rite’
20.40 FRLMDP 47 conducted by George ‘musical notation’
20.48 CCAMMR 129 ‘Look upward, move backward’ ensemble version co-ordinated by Sharon
20.54 BHUSR 35 ‘sing our own song finale facing the audience in a line’ led by Stefan who will signal start.
c20.57 after completing your song return to the space and continue quiet or visual improvising.
21.00 quiet ending..
21.30 Take our leave.
There won’t be a programme as such at the venue so this gives some idea of what occurred for those that came and those that didn’t.
Here’s our review in The Wire by Phil England: