Rêves de Jeux Mécaniques

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Found Spaces
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"Possibly the most imaginative use of video I've seen in the past twelve months." - Audience member

Ravel is best known for Bolero. But most people don't know he loved mechanical wind-up toys and had a vast collection of them. In this filmed performance made for screen, we enter Ravel's imagination, where toys come alive in the dead of night. Darragh Morgan and Tim Gill give a powerful, intimate performance of Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello.

Rêves de Jeux Mécaniques, or 'Dreams of Mechanical Play' was filmed in a former cardboard factory in east London in the dead of night. We needed to avoid noise from the overground train station next door, and wanted to capture the eery, surreal mood of a space in disuse. The music was recorded in complete takes to ensure a feeling of freshness akin to a live performance. 24 minutes long.

Ticket information

Rêves de Jeux Mécaniques was released at 9am UK time on Wednesday 27th of January. You can still buy tickets now to watch on demand. You'll have access to watch for 30 days from the time you buy the ticket.

You can buy a ticket for just this performance, or purchase an all-access pass to watch all 4 filmed concerts in the Found Spaces series.

Your ticket purchases directly support the artists, all of whom are paid by Greengage for their work.

About the series

This filmed performance is part of Found Spaces, a series of 4 concert-films that embraces the creativity and flexibility of classical musicians. We  gathered a group of brilliant musicians, videographers and artists to create visually exciting performances that couldn't happen in a traditional concert hall or with an in-person audience. These are performances in a digital format for an artistic reason and to create an exciting new audience experience, not just because the COVID-19 pandemic has closed concert halls around the world.

Join us in Greengage's continued efforts to push the boundaries of digital performances, make paid work for artists and demonstrate the power of the arts to bring people together.

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About the artists

Darragh Morgan

Darragh Morgan

Irish Violinist Darragh Morgan is a founder member Fidelio Trio. He has appeared as soloist with RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, London Musici, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and as Director with European Union Chamber Orchestra. As Leader with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Les Siecles, Aurora Orchestra, The Philharmonia. Darragh has premiered music by many leading composers: Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Judith Weir, Michael Nyman, Ann Cleare, Steve Reich, Sally Beamish, Charlotte Bray and Gerald Barry. He has recorded over 50 solo and chamber music albums for Mode, Delphian, Naxos, NMC, Resonus, Diatribe, Signum. Collaborations with Thomas Ades piano, Emmanuel Pahud flute, John Tilbury piano, Julian Bliss clarinet, Nicholas Daniel oboe. Solo appearances at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Seoul Arts Centre, National Sawdust New York, Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Venice Biennale, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Timothy Gill

Timothy Gill

Timothy is principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He has also held the post of principal cellist with English National Opera. Timothy combines the demands of both positions with a busy freelance and solo career. He has performed as soloist all over the world, most recently at London's Southbank and at the MiTo International Festival in Milan and Turin. His commitment to contemporary music has resulted in many collaborations with the composers of our day, the latest of which will be the premier of David Gompper's new cello concerto in 2014.
Jonathan Berman

Jonathan Berman

Jonathan Berman is a Conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He is known for his unique approach to communicating complex ideas with all audiences. He goes above and beyond the traditional role of a conductor, forming the trust of audiences from traditional listeners to the next generation. He is currently in the process of recording the complete symphonies and promoting the music of Franz Schmidt. ​At the start of lockdown, he began the website standtogethermusic.com in order to promote artists who have had cancellations.

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