The Glasgow Print studio is currently holding an exhibition of work by artist printmaker Jila Peacock inspired by Jonathan Harvey’s piece Messages. Using a variety of techniques, she has developed seven images onto which selected moments from the original hand written manuscript have been superimposed by screenprinting onto the glass frame.
Messages had its UK premiere early last year as part of the Barbican’s Total Immersion series:
“A sense of the ecstatic carried over [from this piece] into Messages, receiving its London première. The messages concerned are the names of Jewish, Christian and Muslim angels, as well as a single divine Buddhist figure, Kwanyin. The BBC Symphony Chorus incanted these names softly, with a sense of hushed reverence. Harvey’s scoring replaces the violins with an alternative high string section of cimbalom, two harps and piano, and the outlandish colours produced from the orchestra (which also featured a celeste and various Eastern percussion instruments) were a remarkable accompaniment to the chorus’ gentle chords.
At the end of Messages, the chorus gradually faded away, repeating the name ‘Aniel’ until almost silent, and the piece ended with a delicate invocation of monastic bells. This was a beautiful, loveable composition, played with deftness and sensitivity.”
Paul Kilbey ****
The exhibition called 7Heavens will run for the rest of March.
More Details HERE.
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