The Continuum program wants to connect outstanding current musical offerings with a series of works from the last century, which show how they anticipated some of its essential aspects. Each session will consist of a ceaseless musical continuum in which the participating musicians interspersed or, as appropriate, overlap music, creating a trans-stylistic and trans-historic dialogue.
John Tilbury (piano) will be playing compositions by Frederic Mompou, Howard Skempton, Christian Wolff and his compositions as part of the Continuum programme at the MACBA. The concerts will be taking place in the unique space which is the atrium of the Museum. John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.
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.