Eyes on the Drawbridge
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Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is a composer and performer of Anglo-Armenian descent whose
compositions celebrate line (both melodic and narrative) and improvisation. She has been
awarded commissions by groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Consortium5, Living Room London, and Sound & Music. Composer-in-residence at Handel House, she sings, plays harp and electronics, and is supported by Take Five (PRSF and Serious) and LSO Soundhub. Her new works employ Augenmusik, creating manuscripts which are visual works of art, and move beyond the Renaissance and contemporary graphic scores to make formal pieces structured by visual aesthetics.
Cevanne will create a new piece of Augenmusik for guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka) and
inventor Hugh Jones (Crewdson) : an exhibitable manuscript of traditional notation and visual
art, which is playable in the traditional sense but also as an electronic instrument. ‘Eyes on the Drawbridge’ takes its working title from the translation of ‘Rashomon’, and inspired by its structure of multiple perspectives on the same narrative, intends to present the theme of ‘creation’ from the three pairs of eyes in this trio.
It will be developed during Cevanne’s residency at Handel House, drawing inspiration from Baroque structures, as well as the experimental approaches of Jimi Hendrix and Delia Derbyshire.
The collaboration with Chris Montague grew from their meeting at Take Five, and Cevanne began working with Hugh Jones after a live improvisation on Resonance FM for LSO Soundhub. Both musicians featured in Cevanne’s concert season at Handel House 2013, and, next year, plan for this new work to feature in Handel and Hendrix’s old rooms, in time for the EFG London Jazz Festival.