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Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms

Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms

Frontiers Series

Date and time
20 Jun 2019 (2:00pm - 2:50pm)

Organ Studio, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Free admission

Booking Information

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  • Tickets are subject to availability, must be booked in advance and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Once the free ticket allocation per event is reached, staff and students are eligible for discounted tickets.
  • Excludes events programmed by external organisations or visiting artists.
  • One ticket per student/member of staff.
  • *Entry only granted with a valid BCU ID.
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Featuring Thomas Strønen

Gertrude Stein’s ground-breaking stream of consciousness work (1914): ‘Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms’ has been heralded as “a masterpiece of verbal cubism”. Her unique writing style challenges traditional  alignments of words addressing instead their underlying sound and rhythm: “By departing from conventional meaning, grammar and syntax, she attempted to capture ‘moments of consciousness’ independent of time and memory.”

This contemporary interpretation of Stein’s work is a cross-disciplinary symbiosis of composition and improvisation, setting her unorthodox text for four piece vocal ensemble (SATB) and improvisers: drums/percussion/electronics and trumpet.

Forthcoming events in Frontiers Series

Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.