|Wim Henderickx - © Miel Pieters|
The concert's title comes from Harvey's work, Other Presences which was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 by Markus Stockhausen when Harvey was composer in residence.
Henderickx and Harvey met several times, and Harvey was also the curator of the music festival Music@Venture in Antwerp in 2005 when Henderickx was commissioned to write a work (Nada Brahma) for soprano, instrumental ensemble and electronix. Blossomings is a triptych for unaccompanied choir and trumpet, based on texts from three different religions: Buddhism, Catholicism and Islam. The texts Henderickx uses are The Tibetan Book of the Dead (the Bardo Thodol), a text by Hildegard von Bingen and a text by Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic.
Full information from the Barbican website.