1. Commissioned to celebrate the re-opening of the Howard Assembly Room, ‘Chorus’ is simultaneously an intensely physical and yet ephemeral experience. An array of motor-assisted pendulums, suspended from the roof, swing through the space emitting light and sound. As the dynamic system evolves, the rhythms revolve through chaos and return to unison, producing a hypnotic and seductive performance that heightens the viewer’s awareness of the space and their relationship with it. ‘Chorus’ is effectively a new kind of musical instrument, one in which the spatial location of each sound is a critical part of the composition of the piece.

    Commissioned by Opera North

    in association with The Culture Company

    Music by Mira Calix

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  2. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1928 silent film Champagne with new score by Mira Calix commissioned by the British Film Institute as part of the Genius of Hitchcock season.

    A small taster from the premiere performance - September 2012 - with live accompaniment from Mira Calix and Juice vocal ensemble, Running time 1h45

    The Genius of Hitchcock is a major BFI project featuring restorations of all nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s surviving silent films presented with new music alongside a complete retrospective of Hitchcock’s film at BFI Southbank during 2012.

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  3. Nothing Is Set In Stone
    Mira Calix
    Part of Secrets

    Nothing Is Set In Stone is a reactive sculptural song,
    a monolithic installation by award winning artist Mira Calix. The piece will be installed at Fairlop Waters nature reserve from 21 June – 9 September 2012.
    nothingissetinstone.info

    Mayor of London and London 2012 Festival present Secrets. Discover London’s amazing hidden gems for free as leading artists transform the capital’s lesser-known landscapes.
    Find out more at molpresents.com/secrets

    Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN Underground: Fairlop Station - Central Line - Hainault Branch

    Nothing Is Set In Stone project partners: Oxford Contemporary Music,
    Natural History Museum,Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, Exhibition Road Cultural Group, London 2012 Festival and Mayor Of London

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  4. on a blustery day in March 2012 i went to Fairlop Waters to mark the spot for the foundations to be laid for Nothing Is Set In Stone.

    Nothing Is Set In Stone - a musical sculpture by Mira Calix - installed Fairlop Waters, Redbridge, London
    21/06/2012- 9/09/2012
    nothingissetinstone.info

    Nothing Is Set In Stone is presented by Oxford Contemporary Music and The Mayor Of London in partnership with the Natural History Museum, the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Fairlop Waters Country Park and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, Overcraft and Mira Calix.

    recorded: 8/03/2012 Fairlop Waters, London

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  5. i went to the Nirox Foundation in South Africa and worked with members of the University Of Johannesburg Choir. We spent a few days recording the vocal parts for Nothing Is Set In Stone. During a break, the girls performed a traditional song; lak’utshona ilonga, for me.

    Nothing Is Set In Stone - a musical stone sculpture - installed at Fairlop Waters, London 21.6.2012 to 9.09.2012

    my love and thanks to the singers, not only for this beautiful rendition but for all the enthusiasm and skill they brought to the project. thanks to Benji Liebmann, Renette Bouwer, Gary Cotteral and David Allardice for making the residency and collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Choir possible.

    Recorded: Nirox Foundation 30/04/2012

    Performers:
    Boiknyo Moloto
    Karabo Mmasa
    Whitney Boitshoko Setswe
    Prisca Ndlovu
    Nhlanhla Mpofu
    Abongwe Masinda
    Bernavie N'dzoungani
    Rachel Thandeka Milanzi
    Busisiwe Bacela

    Nothing Is Set In Stone is presented by Oxford Contemporary Music and The Mayor Of London in partnership with the Natural History Museum, the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Fairlop Waters Country Park and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, Overcraft and Mira Calix.

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