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Time Unwrapped

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Time Unwrapped is the tenth edition of Kings Place’s award-winning Unwrapped series.
What does music have to tell us about Time? In Time Unwrapped we show how music can stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it altogether.

Time Unwrapped will give you 50 different experiences of time, whether you’re immersed in Manu Delago’s Human Clock, swept up in Adams’ spiralling loops, the superhuman complexity of Nancarrow’s canons, the suspensions of Morton Feldman and Mozart, Satie and Pärt, the heavenly lengths of late Schubert or the eternal time of the Benedictine monks’ divine offices…

We begin at the beginning with Haydn’s Creation, and end with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and a New Year’s Countdown from Aurora Orchestra. Along the way we visit the seasons – of Buenos Aires and India – dynastic folk traditions with Martin & Eliza Carthy, Handel’s Triumph of Time & Truth and Grisey’s Vortex temporum. Discover how Einstein’s relative time had its correlatives in musical developments, witness how Monteverdi turned ‘old’ music into new and re-hear a concert with an instant remix.

With Hugo Ticciati as artist-in-residence, the series features Aurora Orchestra, Yulianna Avdeeva, William Basinski, Alasdair Beatson, Brodsky Quartet, Carducci Quartet, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Colin Currie Group, Imogen Cooper, Crick Crack Club, Iestyn Davies, Explore Ensemble, Feinstein Ensemble, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Thomas Gould, Icebreaker, Instruments of Time & Truth, London Sinfonietta, Darragh Morgan, Víkingur Ólafsson, Richard Reed Parry, Lawrence Power, Christine Rice, Miyoko Shida, Scottish Ensemble, Mark Simpson, The Sixteen, John Tilbury, ZRI and many more…

‘Music is the sole domain in which man realises the present.’ Igor Stravinsky
‘If architecture magnifies Space, music transfigures Time’ Gérard Grisey

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On Time

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Paul Griffiths explores the evolving relationship between time and western music in the last 1000 years.

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Tick Tock

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Fiona Maddocks muses on the way we use music to mark out and measure time, and the manifold tricks it…

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Song Cycle

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Eliza Carthy belongs to a musical dynasty stretching back several generations. She reflects on her dialogue with her predecessors, and…

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A New Order

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From 1900 to 1930, Einstein’s theories of relativity and those of quanta and quantum mechanics transformed the understanding of the…

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Flow

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We expect both spontaneity and super-human levels of preparation from musicians. Violinist Hugo Ticciati explores the elusive ‘now’ of performance.

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The Brain is a Musical Time-Machine

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Philip Ball gives a scientific insight into the way music is hard-wired into our memories.

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Spiralling Back

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Composer Nico Muhly doesn’t buy the idea of a straight-line progression in music history, finding his creative kindling in distant…

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The Self in Time

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Time Unwrapped will be reflected in two major exhibitions at the Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place.

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Decade

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Pangolin London will bring together highlights from the past ten years of exhibiting at Kings Place.

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Ultra Slow-Mo

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Film-makers Freya & Steve Hellier, who created the video identity for Time Unwrapped, explain how they captured the vibrations of…

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Your A-Z Guide to Time Unwrapped

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The tenth edition of our year-long series celebrates music as a temporal art in myriad ways. With just over a week left…

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Macro/Micro

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Emma Denton, cellist with the Carducci Quartet, tells Amanda Holloway about their Bartók quartet cycle

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From Beginning to End

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As Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped season reaches its final phase, here are some of the highlights.

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‘How fast do we have to drive to go as fast as the music?’

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Tim Rutherford-Johnson muses on the meaning and manipulation of speed as explored in a multi-faceted programme from Icebreaker.

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Bach Weekend: The Time Traveller

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Martin Feinstein, artistic director of Bach Weekend, gives us an insight into the world of Douglas Adams’ and his obsession…

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Art of Moog

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Sixties psychedelia is reimagined in a late-night event at this year’s Bach Weekend writes Amanda Holloway.

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The Wand of Youth

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Lawrence Power introduces his new ensemble Collegium who make their debut in Time Unwrapped.

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A Nearer Future

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Sonica Festival returns to Kings Place in April with a radical menu. Colm McAuliffe was up in Glasgow to preview…

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A Dance to the Music of Time

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Performing without music has radically transformed Aurora Orchestra’s relationship to the music, to each other and to their audience. Helen…

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Reaching into the future: Longplayer

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As part of Time Unwrapped, we have set up a listening post in the foyer of Kings Place for Longplayer,…

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