"Adrian Utley (Portishead) brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley's 'In C'.
Written in 1964,‘In C’ is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C's simple musical rules - 53 musical phrases in C and no duration - allow for infinite variations.
Utley's impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by organs and a clarinet making for a mesmeric sound experience. The Guitar Orchestra consists of 24 musicians from Bristol: 19 guitarists including John Parish (PJ Harvey), Thought Forms, and Jim Barr (Portishead live band); 4 organs and a bass clarinet.
The effect is an organic musical experience very much created in front of the audience both fragile and thunderingly uplifting.
The album was recorded live at St Georges Hall, Bristol, one of Britain’s leading concert halls which is known for its astounding acoustic and unique atmosphere." - Invada Records
The album is available on CD or Double LP from Invada Records.
"Twelve of Bristol’s most talented guitarists and musicians came together to perform and record the Trinity Anthem to raise funds for essential repairs to the iconic Trinity towers, windows, roof and stonework.
The performance and recording of the Anthem took place on Tuesday 4th April in the Main Hall at Trinity, and took a day to produce. The Anthem was the culmination of dedicated support by Adrian Utley and John Parish, who created the piece of music to support Trinity’s Notes for Notes Appeal.
This was the first time Adrian and John collaborated on a musical project, although they performed together at Trinity in 2014 as part ofAdrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra.
Portishead member and Bristol-Sound pioneer Adrian Utley was joined by world-class composer, musician and producer John Parish, who wrote and produced the Anthem. They were also joined by Stig Manley, Hazel Winter, Alex Vann, Alex Lee, Alex Hogg, Ben Shillabeer, Deej Dhariwal, Charlie Romijn, Jim Barr and Tim Allen.
The track is available to download for donation through the Bristol-based music-share website I Give You Give to support the repairs to the Trinity Centre. The Anthem can be downloaded for a donation of £1, but every penny raised will fund the essential repairs to the Trinity Centre. The Trinity Centre hopes that people who hold the venue close to their hearts will support the charity by downloading the Anthem and spreading the word." - Trinity
Click here to download Trinity Anthem
Mail, Maps and Motion"
A Watershed commission as part of London 2012 Festival which took place in Bristol's original train station, designed by world-famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The performance combined live music, projected visuals, and moving image on a massive scale to bring a ghostlike vision of Bristol’s industrial past into the electric future.
The finale of the evening was the event’s namesake; Mail, Maps and Motion a specially commissioned performance which combined Anti VJ’s breathtaking immersive visuals with a stunning score for fifteen guitars composed by Adrian Utley and conducted by Charles Hazlewood. In the performance, a wall of orchestral dissonance accompanied huge mapped projections, bringing a ghostlike vision of Bristol’s industrial past into the electric future." - Watershed