24 January | Sixth Purpur Festival 

24 January | Sixth Purpur Festival 

The PURPUR Night of Transgressive Arts follows its 2019 Barthesian theme ACTION-MUSIC-TEXT with IMAGE-MUSIC, showcasing new South African and 20th century avant-garde work, all of which focuses on exploring the combination of image and music.

The programme ranges from art movies, with musical accompaniment, to music inspired by, and accompanied by, images. The earliest of these is the first installment of Swedish director Georg af Klercker’s “Nattliga Toner”, with a live score by Michael Blake, and the most recent, “This Country is Lonely” (2018) directed by Jaco Bouwer, based on a short story by Stacey Hardy, and with music by Pierre-Henri Wicomb.

René Clair’s 1924 “Entr’acte”, a surrealist film with music by Erik Satie, designed to be presented between the two acts of the ballet “Rêlache”, includes appearances by Satie, Marcel Duchamp and other French artistic figures of the time. It will be heard with the piano 4-hand accompaniment.

Brand new pieces to videos focusing on climate change, by Samora Ntsebeza, Khanyi Peterson, Monthati Masebe and Pierre-Henri Wicomb, composed during the 7th Sterkfontein Composers

Meeting at the Nirox Foundation this month, will be performed through the evening by visiting Japanese duo X[iksa]: Yasutaka Hemmi (violin) and Takayo Matsumura (harp). X[iksa] will also give a performance of Michael Blake’s “Standing Stone Circle” (2013), inspired by the Richard Long installation with that title which the artist made at Nirox in 2011. The performers have also been taking part in the shooting of a series of films – of and about Blake’s piece – and one of these will accompany the performance.

To complete the festival, X[iksa] will play music by Japanese composers; pianist Liza Joubert will play Henry Cowell with live videography inside the piano; Michael Blake will play John Cage’s

“Music for Marcel Duchamp” with the original Dada film by Marcel Duchamp, and the Purpur Ensemble will give a performance of Jürgen Bräuninger and Ulrich Suesse’s South African classic “Anywhere far” for instruments and tape.

This edition of Cape Town’s most cutting-edge music festival will appeal to music lovers, film lovers and art lovers.

Tickets @ R130 are available at the door, or @R100 if you reserve in advance by phone 021 424 0074 or email: info@youngblood-africa.com. Cash bar and snacks are available throughout the night at the RESTO + express café situated in the gallery.

EVENT: PURPUR Night of Transgressive Arts

DATE & TIME: Friday 24 January 2020 – 18h00 till 21h30

VENUE: Young Blood Gallery, 70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town

FURTHER INFO: https://www.facebook.com/sterkfonteincomposersmeeting12345/