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Fairweather : for string quartet and koto, with narration & video

by Erik Griswold and Rodney Hall (2013)

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Performance by Satsuki Odamura, Konoha String Quartet, Rodney Hall from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 55

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 55 / Works by Eric Griswold.

Library shelf no. CD 2645 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

"No one thought he was who he was. But he was." - Rodney Hall

Fairweather is a new collaboration of composer Erik Griswold, author Rodney Hall, and artist Glen Henderson exploring the remarkable life, work, and psychology of artist Ian Fairweather. This multi-media work is scored for string quartet, koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, with Rodney Hall himself as narrator, framed by Henderson's evocative video works.

Starting from the artist's early years in Scotland, Fairweather traces his experiences as a soldier in World War I, his myriad travels through the Asia-Pacific, his life changing journey aboard a home-made raft, and his final years in a dilapidated shack on Bribie Island.

Reflecting on scenes, events and images from the artist's life, Griswold, Hall, and Henderson create a collage of music, text, and image which mirror the intricate, textured layers of Fairweather's paintings.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: String quartet, koto, narrator.

Duration: 50 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Childhood -- 1A. War, pt 1 -- 1B - War, pt 2 -- 2. China -- Bali 1 -- 3A - The Raft, pt. 1 ("Epiphany") -- 4. Bribie.

Commission note: Supported by Philip Bacon Galleries, Bruce & Jocelyn Wolfe.


Performances of this work

2 Mar 13: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. Featuring Konoha String Quartet, Satsuki Odamura, Rodney Hall.

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