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Nocturnal

Participants: Atom Egoyan, John Wynne

Series: Faster Than Sound, Residencies

Ideas explored: building an installation, old music reimagined

A Faster than Sound commissioned installation by Atom Egoyan and John Wynne, inspired by Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland, written for guitarist Julian Bream in 1963. Nocturnal uses the theme from John Dowland’s lute song Come Heavy Sleep and was written for Julian Bream, one of the great guitarists of the twentieth century, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year and was a long-time collaborator of Britten’s. The Canadian film-maker and theatre director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Chloe), has had a life-long fascination with Bream’s performance of this work.

Here he collaborates with sound artist John Wynne (winner of the 2010 British Composer Award for his installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner) and they use rare sound and video material spanning nearly 40 years of Bream’s performances of this work to create an installation at Snape Maltings.