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Sounds of Architecture

Sounds of Architecture

Frontiers Series

Date and time
03 Mar 2020 (7:30pm - 9:30pm)

Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Free admission

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Producer Joshua Dowling
Bloomsbury Quartet & Friends

Eva de Vries violin
Janell Yeo violin
Rachel Maxey viola
Felicity Smith cello

Dowling Heydar Aliyev Centre
Dowling The Jericho Triptych
Dowling Lines Traced Reimagined

Join Joshua Dowling, the Bloomsbury Quartet and friends for an album launch event exploring the concept ‘Sounds of Architecture’. This concert features works for strings and electronics composed by Dowling that take inspiration from the 21st century architectural style ‘Parametricism’.

By taking inspiration from this style coined by architect and architectural-theorist Patrik Schumacher (who is now principal of Zaha Hadid Architects) Dowling is doing what many artists have done before him: translating aspects of a new genre from one contemporary field to another. He believes that parametric design principles put forward in Schumacher's manifestoare dying to be applied to other areas including music and would benefit contemporary society.

One such work that Joshua produced is named after the cultural centre 'Heydar Aliyev Centre' situated in Baku, Azerbaijan and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The architecture's fluid form is a continuous surface which connects the various cultural spaces of the centre while giving each its own individual identity. This aspect of the architecture is reflected in the composition for chamber orchestra as the instrumental sections are separated into six zones of intensity. Each instrumental section is further subdivided giving each musician a slightly different part to play. Collectively the performers emphasise the flowing, curved style which makes this architecture so distinctive. This particular piece was workshopped on the CoMA 2020 Midwinter String Composition Course, recorded professionally by the Northern Film Orchestra and an arrangement will be performed at the album launch event by the Bloomsbury Quartet and friends.

Photography by Christian Maier

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