Kevin Volans is a composer associated with the post-minimalist movement in contemporary composition. He was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on July 6, 1949, and even though he has spent most of his life outside his native country, is the best known South African composer active today. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with a Bachelors of Music degree, followed by post-graduate education at the University of Aberdeen. Cover Him with Grass (in memoriam Bruce Chatwin).
In memoriam Bruce Chatwin. The Mountain that Left Texts by Nontsizi Mgqwetho, Keats, Machado, Rimbaud, Shelley. for 24 voices, solo soprano, 10 instruments. I: White Man Sleeps and Landor’s Cover Him With Grass, which has Mbira. Titles in square brackets are alternative titles or related works (such as dance).
In the summer of 1986 I completed my book The Songlines under difficult conditions. I had in fact picked up a very rare fungus of the bone-marrow in China. Certain I was going to die, I decided to finish the text and put myself into the hands of doctors. My work would then be done. The last third of the manuscript was a commonplace book of quotations and vignettes intended to back up the main line of argument. I put this into shape on sweltering summer days, wrapped in shawis, shivering with cold in front of the kitchen stove. It was a race for time
Kevin Volans is a composer associated with the post-minimalist movement in contemporary composition, and a key figure in the Cologne School (Fox 2007, 27–28). YouTube Encyclopedic. The Kronos Quartet's album of that name (which however features only two of Volans's five movements) became a best-seller, and White Man Sleeps has been taken up by many choreographers, notably Siobhan Davies and James Kudelka. Volans followed it up with Hunting: Gathering, his second quartet, written for Kronos in 1987. Volans was Composer-in Residence at Queen's University Belfast from 1986-89. Thereafter he has made his home in the Republic of Ireland and in 1994 became an Irish citizen. His notable students include Justinian Tamusuza.
Concerto for Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra. Gol Na mBan San Ár for Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra by Kevin Volans. Etude 9 (Eight Bells for Mary). Cover Him with Grass (1979).
Publisher: Chester Music. Untitled: In Memoriam G. H. V. (Graham Volans) (1996). The solo piano part of Untitled comes from part of the piece Duetti (1995), which I wrote on hearing of my friend Gerry McNamara’s death. I added in the offstage wind band to make a piece in memory of my brother Graham who was killed in 1996. Discography - Untitled: In Memoriam G. (Graham Volans). Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
Kevin Volans, Waldo Alexander & Jill Richards. Untitled (in Memoriam . Kevin Volans, Waldo Alexander & Jill Richards. Volans received his initial musical education in South Africa, where he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, before leaving for Europe to undertake graduate studies. Volans spent the better part of a decade in Europe, studying composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen and music theater with Mauricio Kagel
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|White Man Sleeps (For String Quartet)
Cello – Sophie HarrisEnsemble [string quartet] – The Smith QuartetViola – Nic PendleburyViolin – Clive Hughes , Steven Smith
Harpsichord – Deborah James, Kevin VolansPercussion – Robyn Schulkowsky
|7||She Who Sleeps With A Small Blanket
Percussion – Robyn Schulkowsky
|White Man Sleeps
Harpsichord – Kevin Volans, Robert Hill Percussion – Robyn SchulkowskyViola da Gamba – Margriet Tindemans
- Composed By – Kevin Volans
- Liner Notes – Bruce Chatwin, Kevin Volans
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- Barcode (Allegro Imports barcode added on sticker): 7 23721 47472 0
|CACD88034||Kevin Volans, The Smith Quartet||Kevin Volans, The Smith Quartet - White Man Sleeps (CD)||Cala United||CACD88034||UK||1994|