Jarvis Cocker to introduce
pioneering electronic music concert at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral,
50 years after it was commissioned
Nick Fairhurst. Courtesy of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
PULP frontman Jarvis Cocker
will introduce Pierre Henry's 'The Liverpool Mass,' presented by
Bluecoat at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King,
on Saturday, 13 May 2017.
BBC Radio 6 presenter
is a life long fan of the electronic pioneer, regarding him as a pivotal
influencer of modern music. He has previously met the composer at Henry's Son/R?nbsp;studio
in Paris, the City where they both live.
Pierre Henry is known
worldwide for developing electronic music through 'musique
form of composition using electronically treated natural sounds. His
influential work has informed both contemporary classical and pop music over
the past ½ century, and has been sampled by DJs
and producers in recent years, including:- Fatboy Slim and
William Orbit, while his 'Psych?Rock' was the inspiration for
the theme tune of Matt Groening's TV series 'Futurama.'
Henry was commissioned to
compose music for the inauguration of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of
Christ the King, in 1967,
however the piece, the world's 1stelectronic mass was not completed in
time and another work was substituted. It was later reworked and a studio
recording released in 1970, on the French Philips label as:- 'Messe de
Now, 50 years on, in a
unique collaboration between the French composer and Bluecoat, the piece; structured as a traditional Latin Mass, will be staged in full at the
Cathedral on the evening of Saturday, 13 May 2017.
Cocker's participation in
the event continues his longstanding relationship with Liverpool, which last
year saw him hold the 1stever UK exhibition of his own art:- '20
Golden Greats,' at The Gallery in the Baltic Triangle. He has
previously been a judge for the City's biennial John Moores Painting Prize
at the Walker Art Gallery.
As an individual whose
career as musician and broadcaster has often embraced experimentation and
pushed boundaries, Cocker is the perfect person to introduce what is already
set to be one of the most radical and exciting events in Liverpool's music
With a sound design created
especially for the Cathedral space using 40
speakers arranged around its circumference:- 'The Liverpool
be presented as a live mix by Henry's collaborator Thierry Balasse.
The performance is a
highlight in a series of special events taking place throughout 2017 to
celebrate Bluecoat's 300th Anniversary. The building is the
oldest in Liverpool's City Centre, and also the UK's 1st Arts Centre.
As well as forming part of Bluecoat's tercentenary programme and the
Cathedral's Jubilee, the performance is also a key strand of Liverpool's '67-17:
50 Summers of Love' programme.
This will be the 1st time 'The
Liverpool Mass' has been presented with Henry's cooperation; which
includes a new sound design; in the setting for which it was originally
intended: a mid 20th Century modernist structure with distinctive 'brutalist'
architecture of concrete and stained glass, designed by British artist John
Piper. Henry's electronic score was intended to complement this daring new
building, as the sound would resonate in the magnificent, cavernous, light
filled circular interior.
Bryan Biggs, artistic
director at Bluecoat, said:- "We are delighted that Jarvis Cocker has
agreed to introduce Pierre Henry's The Liverpool Mass at the Metropolitan
Cathedral. He is a huge fan of the French composer's music and recognises
the significant impact it has had on contemporary music; both classical and
pop; over the past half century. It is fitting that Jarvis; an advocate
for music that dares to experiment, is audacious and explores new forms; is
joining us on what promises to be a memorable evening in the splendour of
Pierre Henry said:- "I am
particularly delighted that 'The Liverpool Mass' should at last be performed in
full in the extraordinary space of the Cathedral of Christ The King, which it
was initially composed for. Since I wrote the piece 50 years ago, it has become
something of a musical myth, closely linked with this cathedral. I am very proud
to take part in the celebrations for its 50th Anniversary, a historic
Tickets for the event are available to book via Bluecoat's