The17 News http://www.the17.org/news.php/ The17 News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:48:46 BST Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:48:46 BST The17 in Liverpool http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:13:44 GMT Bill Drummond will be performing a seventeen hour version of Score 1: IMAGINE, while standing on a manhole cover at the bottom of Mathew Street, Liverpool. This will be the last performance by The17 that Drummond will take part in. It will start at 7am and end at midnight. At midnight Drummond turns 60 and his direct involvement with The17 comes to an end.

Anybody willing to join Drummond in part or all of this performance is welcome. For further information contact admin@the17.org

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The17 in Cushendall http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:14:30 GMT The17 will perform the world premier of Score 4: AGE within the Curfew Tower, Cushendall, County Antrim, Ireland. Although versions of this score have been performed many times before, this will be the first time that it has been performed following the score precisely, as in a building with five floors and five lots of seventeen people of the right ages.

Further information to follow.

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The17 across The Atlantic Archipelago http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:29:34 GMT The17 will no longer perform the world premier of Score 318: CONSIDER along latitude 36.1 degrees North between Kitty Hawk on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina and Lucia on the Pacific coast of California.

Instead it will be performed along Latitude 53.07 degrees North, from the beach at Skegness on the North Sea coast of England to the Atlantic facing cliffs of Inishmore off the West Coast of Ireland.

The performance will begin with Bill Drummond recording himself banging a bagpipe band bass drum on the beach at Skegness for five minutes and conclude with him playing back and then deleting the completed performance of Score 318: CONSIDER while sitting on the cliffs at Dún Aonghasa, Inishmore.

Inbetween Skegness and Inishmore, Drummond will have inlisted members of The17 to take part in this performance at numorous locations along the same parrallel.

These members of The17 may include:                                                                                                      Seventeen Polish female agricultural workers on a farm on the fens;                                                 Seventeen lorry drivers in a transport cafe on the A1;                                                                       Seventeen Curry House workers on Crewe Railway Station;                                                                   Seventeen hill walkers at the top of Snowdon;                                                                                    Seventeen members of the Caernarfon Male Voice Choir;                                                                  Seventeen Nuns in a convent in County Kildare;                                                                                Seventeen drinkers in a bar on the banks of the River Shannon:

Further information to follow

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The17 in Berlin http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:15:15 GMT The17 are to perform Score 328: SURROUND in Berlin on the afternoon of Saturday, 24 November 2012.

This performance will be the tenth in The17’s City-to-City world tour.

As yet precises times and locations are not known. Thus further information to follow.

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The17 across Jerusalem http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:03:53 GMT The17 will be performing Score 328: SURROUND across the rooftops of Jerusalem. The performance will start and finish from Yaffo 23. This will be the final performance of The17's City-to-City world tour.

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The17 in Cornwall http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:17:54 GMT The17 will be performing Score 360: BEFORE ANY MEAL on a fishing boat out of Penryn, Cornwall. The members of The17 will be made up of the crew of the boat. The performance will take place during their working day catching Pollock. This performance is also part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

On the following day (15th) Bill Drummond will be giving a performance / lecture at the Unversity College Falmouth, to both celebrate the performance by The17 on a fishing boat out in the Falmouth Bay the previous day and 20th anniversary of him breaking into the building in 1993. This break in was done for no other reason than he was in the town and had nothing better to do and wanted to see what the art looked like that was being done there. When confronted by some late working art students Drummond claimed he was a future visiting lecturer.

For further information click here

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The17 in Hackney http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:40:41 GMT The17 will be performing Score 11: COMBINE in five different places of worship in Hackney, London at various times in January and February, 2013.

This performances is part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour and as such are twinned with the performance of the same score performed in Istanbul in October 2012.

This performance will be led by Bill Drummond.

Further information to follow

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The17 in Blackpool has been cancelled http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:35:36 GMT The One Of These Days festival has been cancelled, thus The17's performance in Blackpool has been cancelled. We are sorry if this has caused and disappointment of confusion

The17 will be performing Score 324: NIGHTCLUBBING in Blackpool, England on the night of Saturday, 8 December 2012. This performance will be lead by Bill Drummond and be part of Un-Convention strand at One of These Days

As yet the location and times for The17’s performance has not been finalised

This performance is also part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour and as such is twinned with a performance of the same score on 29 March 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland.

One of These Days is described as: A festival of festivals, a two-day event happening in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on 8th and 9th December 2012 and then annually. It is a fan-friendly, bespoke and completely unique on the festival circuit; the aim is to showcase premier headline acts covering all musical genres with each space being curated by a different established boutique festival including Bloc (UK), Field Day (UK), Warehouse Project (UK), Oya Festival (Norway), Fiber Festival (The Netherlands), Shambala Festival (UK), Eden Sessions (UK), Green Man (UK), Electric Elephant (Croatia) and End of the Road (UK)..

For further information contact Ruth Daniel <ruth@unconventionhub.org>

 

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The17 in Geneva http://www.the17.org/news.php Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:15:33 BST The17 will be performing Score 328: SURROUND in Geneva, Switzerland on the afternoon of Saturday, 24 November 2012. The performance will be lead by Bill Drummond and be part of an exhibition entitled BALISES at the Piano Nobile Gallery.

This performance is also part of The17’s City-to-City world

For further information contact Isaline Vuille

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The17 in Helsinki http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:22:00 BST The17 will be performing Score 368: The17 VERSUS GUITARS at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland on the early evening of 17 November 2012, as part of the Sounds Like Work three day event.

This performance is also part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour and as such is twinned with a performance of the same score in Aberdeen on 19 January 2011.

Sounds Like Work is described as: an event on artistic labour and sound art, where the rustling of paperwork and the beat of ticking schedules is subverted into melody: ask for a CV and a protest song is what you will get.

Sounds Like Work has been / is being curated by Äänen Lumo, Kimmo Modig and Jenna Sutela.

For further information visit www.soundslikework.biz

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The17 in Istanbul & Hackney http://www.the17.org/news.php Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:37:02 BST The17 will be performing Score 11: COMBINE in five different places of worship in Istanbul, Turkey and at five different places of worship in Hackney, London at various times in September and October, 2012.

These performances are also part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour and as such are twinned with each other.

The Istanbul performance will be led by Mark & Hande Love, Alp Yavuz and Hülya Küpçüoğlu. The Hackney performance will be led by Bill Drummond.

Further information to follow.

 

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The17 on Resonance FM http://www.the17.org/news.php Sat, 07 Jul 2012 18:32:27 BST Bill Drummond will be performing Score 398: AT THE AGE OF 59 on the radio station Resonance FM between noon on Sunday 8 July and 1am on Monday 9 July.

While doing this he will also be building a bed out of wood live on air. This bed is one of the 40 that go to make up the sculpture Forty Beds. This bed  will be raffled off. Virtual online raffle tickets will be sold througout the day for one quid each. Those willing to enter the raffle click here. There are only 1,000 tickets on sale.

The winner's name will be announced at the end of the programme. They will also be emailed immediately.

If the winner lives within the M25, the bed will be delivered within 24 hours; in the UK within one week; in the rest of the world within one year.

 

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The17 in Portugal http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:03:23 BST Bill Drummond will be leading a perfromance by The17 of Score 8: TAKE near Almendres Cromlech, Évora, Portugal early on the morning of the 15 June 2012. This performance is also part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour and is twinned with a performance of the same score on the Isle of Lewis in 2010. If you are interested in taking part in this performance please contact admin@the17.org

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The17 in Paris http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:08:28 GMT Bill Drummond will be leading a performance of Score 328: SURROUND  as part of Infr'Action Paris. Infr'Action is an international live art festival that has happened in numerous cities around the globe.

This is also part of The17's City-to-City world tour.

Further information to follow

 

 

 

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The17 on Inis Oirr http://www.the17.org/news.php Sat, 19 May 2012 11:36:06 BST Bill Drummond will be leading a performance of Score 327: DIVIDE & COMBINE on the island of Inis Oírr off the west coast of Ireland. The perfromance will be part of the Drop Everything festival on the island. This performance is also one of the forty performances that make up The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

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Ragworts - The17 in Sheffield again http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:58:55 GMT Ragworts is the title of an exhibition at the Site Gallery by Bill Drummond. The exhibtion runs between 20 April and 5 May.

Ragworts are also a wild flower that can be seen growing up through the cracked pavements all over Sheffield at this time of year.

In  early May 2011, Drummond was the composer in residence for the Sensoria Festival in Sheffield. During this time he composed several site specific scores to be performed in Sheffield by members of The17 or you.

The Ragworts exhibition will be made up of several strands including performance, documentation and film - all based on his time as composer in residence within the city. There is also to be a book titled Ragworts that will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

Further details to follow

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The17 in Damascus in London http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:54:08 GMT In March 2011, Bill Drummond was supposed to lead a performance of Score 328: SURROUND around the top of the ancient city walls of Damascus. This was part of a tri-nation festival organised by Reel Festivals. The three nations were to be Syria, Lebanon and Scotland. The Lebanese and Scottish legs of the festival happened. The Arab Spring caused the Syrian leg to be postponed. It was also supposed to be part of The17's City-to-City world tour

While Syrians are slaughtered on their city streets and the world looks on wondering what it should do, Reel Festival have decided to organise a festival in waiting with the Syrian refugees and exiles who are currently living in London.

Bill Drummond plans to lead a performance of the same score as he was going to do in Damascus. This score is usually performed on the circumfrence of a five-kilometre circle. As stated above it was to be performed around the city walls of Damascus, which are also five kilometres in circumference. Drummond plans to draw the outline of the Damascus city walls on a map of London and then lead this particular performance following the outline on the streets of London. 

The 100 members of The17 that will be taking part in this performance will be drawn from the Syrian refugee and exile community in the UK.

Further information to follow.

 

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The17 in Kolkata/Calcutta, India http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:59:09 BST Bill Drummond will be leading performances of the birth, marriage and death scores in Kolkata between 15 & 18 November 2011. These are Scores 9 WELCOME, 13 CELEBRATE and 16 COMPLEMENT. Bengali translations of these scores can also be viewed at these links.

These three performances will be twinned with the performances of the same scores performed in Derry, Ireland in October and November 2008. They are also part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

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The17 in Berlin http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:06:11 BST Bill Drummond will be giving the keynote talk at this years All 2gether Now conference in Berlin, Germany. Tickets for the day (10 Euro) - or all three days (20 Euro) - are available from the following link

Drummond's lecture will include him leading a performance by the Berlin members of The17.

He may also be found on the streets of Berlin before or after his talk performing Score 395: Whistle While You Work

If you are to attend make sure that you are wearing leather shoes or boots - no trainers.

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The17 and the Man Shining Shoes tour http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:48:37 BST Since the succesful world premier  of Score 395 Whistle While You Work at the Vennice Biennale 2011, Bill Drummond has embarked on a sporadic tour of this score. Todate the tour has taken in the streets of Malmo, Sweden; Tilburg, Netherlands; Sherwood Forest, England and is scheduled to be performing in Toruń, Poland on the 25 October. Other dates will be added. This ongoing tour may last a lifetime way beyond the proposed end of The17 on the 28 April 2013.

The book Man Shines Shoes, is available for sale directly from Drummond while on tour.

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The17 in Venice http://www.the17.org/news.php Wed, 01 Jun 2011 13:55:49 BST Bill Drummond will be performing the world premier of Score 395: WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK at an un-announced location in Venice on Friday 3 June 2011. This performance may or may not be part of Infr'Action Venice.

Score 395: WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK is a solo piece but other members of The17 are invited to perform it in Venice on the same day, or perform it where ever they may be in the world.  documentaion of other performances are welcome.

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The17 @ The Idler Academy http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 09 May 2011 15:00:49 BST The Idler Academy is in London.

Although not strictly a performance by The17, the events of the evening will include the performance of a couple of scores by The17.

The main purpose of the evening is for Bill Drummond to launch a book called IMAJINE.

IMAJINE is a book by Haitian artist and writer, Claudel Casseus and is published by Penkiln Burn.

Bill Drummond and Claudel Casseus worked together at the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in December 2009. Two-and-a-half weeks later Haiti was hit by an earthquake that killed over 200,000 people.
IMAJINE tells the story of Claudel and his family over a two-week period, from the moment the earthquake struck.

To quote the back cover blurb:

‘This book is about: EARTHQUAKE, HAITI, BEING ALIVE, WATCHING PEOPLE DIE, RUNNING, THE END OF THE WORLD, HOPE FEAR, PRAYING, SURVIVING, STRUGGLE CORRUPTION, TRUST. But more importantly it contains words not mediated through the mind of a Western journalist but the words of a young man called Claudel Casseus, who has lived in Port-au-Prince all his life and has never written about anything else before.’

At The Idler Academy on the evening of the 18 May, Drummond will be celebrating the publication of IMAJINE by engaging all those present with nothing but the power of his words and the words contained in this book.

He will also be instigating the construction of a sculpture entitled 40 T-shirts For Sale.

Places strictly limited. Tickets £20. Includes wine and small pieces of bread and meat. Book online, or call The Idler Academy on 020 7221 5908, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6.30pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

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The17 in Beirut http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 01 May 2011 15:36:20 BST But the performance of Score 327: DIVIDE & COMBINE performed by the Lebanese members of The17 and led by Bill Drummond has not been postponed. This is part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour. Bill Drummond will also be giving a lecture in Beirut. Times and exact locations to follow can be found at the Reel Festivals site.

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The17 in Damascus http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 01 May 2011 15:28:34 BST Due to the current political situation in Syria, The17's performance of Score 328: SURROUND, that was to be performed around the old city walls of Damascus on the 10 May 2011, is to be postponed. When the political situation has been resolved a new date for the performance will be announced.

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The17 in Sheffield http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:02:59 GMT The Sensoria Festival in Sheffield have invited Bill Drummond to be a composer in residence in the Forgemasters steel mill in Sheffield for the duration of the festival. Drummond's duties will be to compose a score for each day he is there. Each of these scores will then be laid out in the style of The17 scores, printed and flyposted around the city by Drummond himself. Drummond will also be giving a lecture and leading a performance by The17 of one or more of these scores for the Sensoria Festival in an as yet un-announced venue. This being composer in residence in Sheffield is also  twinned with the week that Drummond spent being composer in residence at the Mittersill Composer's Forum, Austria, September 2010. In Mittersill, Drummond composed ten scores collectively known as the Schachernhof Scores. Both the Sheffield and the Mittersil residencies are considered part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

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The17 in Sheffield http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 01 May 2011 15:23:05 BST The Sensoria Festival in Sheffield have invited Bill Drummond to be a composer in residence in the Forgemasters steel mill in Sheffield for the duration of the festival. Drummond's duties will be to compose a score for each day he is there. Each of these scores will then be laid out in the style of The17 scores, printed and flyposted around the city by Drummond himself. Drummond will also be giving a lecture and leading a performance by The17 of one or more of these scores for the Sensoria Festival in an as yet un-announced venue. This being composer in residence in Sheffield is also twinned with the week that Drummond spent being composer in residence at the Mittersill Composer's Forum, Austria, September 2010. In Mittersill, Drummond composed ten scores collectively known as the Schachernhof Scores. Both the Sheffield and the Mittersil residencies are considered part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

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The17 in The Middle East http://www.the17.org/news.php Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:47:28 GMT There are to be a number of performance to be given by The17 in major cities across  the Middle East during the Spring of 2011. For security reasons, exact locations  of these performances are not going to be pre-announced on these pages.

The performances given between the 20 & 25 March are part one of the Middle East leg of The17's City-to-City and Coast-to-Coast world tours. After both legs of these tours have been completed, selected documentation will  be made available on this site. There will be a seperate news story for the second leg.

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The17 in Cork International Airport http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:17:52 GMT Bill Drummond will be leading a performance by The17 in the decommissioned terminal buildings at Cork Airport, Ireland. To book tickets and know more about the context of this performance visit Terminal Convention.

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The17 & The Rest Of The World http://www.the17.org/news.php Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:41:34 GMT Score 378 : SELECT AN ALBUM was performed by Bill Drummond between 31 January & 6 February 2011. This performance was blogged over the seven days on The Offline People's blogspot. It now exists in its complete state on The17 site. View and read it by clicking here.

You, being part of the Rest Of The World, are invited to perform this score. And if you do, email your findings into admin@the17.org. If it is of a standard that does you justice, it will then to be added to the site.

You do not have to wait until you are 57 to perform this score.

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The17 @ Keele University http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:02:01 GMT Pre Performance Statement

“Shifting Landscapes, a week-long set of workshops at Keele University for refugee and asylum seeker communities in Stoke on Trent (21 February to 25 February 2011), will include a workshop on and performance by The17, led by music lecturer Nicholas Reyland. Participants in the session will include musicians and singers from the University’s Music programme, refugees and asylum seekers. Many of the members of the UK’s asylum and refugee community have had some experience of Higher Education in the countries they have left/been forced to leave; many young asylum seekers and refugees aspire further to develop their education and to access Higher Education in the UK. Shifting Landscapes offers them an opportunity to sample this experience. Workshops range from ‘Basic German’ and ‘Codes and Code Breaking’ to ‘The Politics of Climate Change’ and ‘Beyond the Choir’ – Dr Reyland’s workshop on The17. The session will contextualize The17’s scores and artistic credo within recent experimental art and music traditions, and then offer participants the chance to become The17 for a performance of scores written for The17, including a new score reflecting issues arising from the sharing of experiences and knowledge central to this week of intercultural exchange.”

Post Performance Email:

Dear Nik, Bill & Cally

The17 were wonderful at Keele today.

The participants - a mixture of asylum seekers and refugees, a kid or two,
some music students, a few staff members - performed scores involving
clapping (361 - At the concert), ssh-ing (141 - Circle), spontaneous sound
making (71 - Place), and sound-related story-telling (382 - Joy).

There were some magical moments, and we performed some of the scores
several times, experimenting with different effects and sound qualities.
Circle - the way we performed it, in a circle, with each person shh-ing
and then tapping the next person on the shoulder so they started in turn,
and so on, until everyone was doing it - became an intense experience,
especially near the end of the circle, waiting, eyes closed, hearing the
shh get nearer and nearer.

The sound that emerged for 17 seconds in Place took the group's collective
breath away. And performing the new score was much more successful than
I'd dared to hope. People told affecting, personal stories about fragments
of music, sounds babies make as they breastfeed, childhood memories, what
it sounds like when you go under the rapids when white-water rafting.
There was much misting up going on.

One thing I found compelling about the experience of being in The17 - this
won't be news to you at all - was the sense of community that immediately
forms. The bond was so warm and kind. I'm a big fan of kindness, or
agape/caritas, i.e., the notion of giving of yourself for the good of a
reciprocating community of others, who give a little to you in return
(I've just written a book on the topic, kind of). But it's very rare to
experience it in practice, especially among virtual strangers. This was
one such experience. It made me feel very hopeful.

Which is a rather roundabout way of saying thank you, a big thank you, for
letting me instigate The17 today at Keele, and for all your support these
last couple of weeks. Thanks to for the help from your associates, who set
the text of the new score so beautifully. The posters were happily
received by the group - they all took one home, many having exchanged
e-mail addresses and written them on the back of their scores. I found
that detail interesting: they'd been together all week, but only after
becoming members of The17 together did they take that step of sharing
personal information.

We did take some 'team photos' after the performances, and everyone was
happy for one to make its way to you and onto the website, so as soon as I
get them from the photographer, I'll forward the best one on to you.

All best wishes

Nick Reyland

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The17 on the North Sea http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:06:00 GMT POSTPONED: Due to weather conditions this performance has been postponed until later in the spring.

This is to be a performance of Score 360: BEFORE ANY MEAL. It is to be performed on the North Sea with the crew of working trawler out of the Fife fishing village of Anstruther. Drummond will be leading this performance with Johnny Gaunt. They will also be having to work their passage. This will be the first time that Drummond has worked on a trawler since running away from his apprentiship in 1974. This performance is twinned with a performance of the same score on a whaling boat in Tromsø, Norway  and is also part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour.

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The17 & The Offline People http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:05:36 GMT Between 31 January and 6 February 2011, Bill Drummond is performing Score 373: SELECT AN ALBUM. This performance will take place at The Offline People blog. You are invited to perform the score and send in your reports to admin@the17.org.

SELECT AN ALBUM is part of The LIFE IS Quartet of Scores

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The17 in Aberdeen http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:11:38 GMT The world premier of Score 368: The17 VERSUS GUITARS is to be performed on 19 January 2011 at a secret location in Aberdeen. The electric guitars will be played by The Full Moon Gliss Orchestra, The17 will be made up of the first 17 people who apply to take part and can get them selves to a given address in Aberdeen by 8pm on the 19 January 2011.

The Full Moon Gliss Orchestra only play on the night of a full moon. If you want to be part of The17 for this performance please email admin@the17.org and we will let you know if you are one of the first 17 and if so the address and further details.

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The17 in Tromsø http://www.the17.org/news.php Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:39:12 BST Bill Drummond will be leading a performance of the Score 360: BEFORE ANY MEAL with members of the crew at The Insomnia Festival in the backstage catering facilities. This is a new score composed while Drummond was a composer in residence at the Mittersill Composers Forum 2010 in Austria. It was composed to act as both a secular and pan-religious grace that can be performed before any meal.

This performance is to be part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour and is twinned with a performance of the same score that took place at the Do Lectures on 19 September in Cardigan, Wales.

As with all locations on The17's world tour, Drummond plans to make one of the IMAGINE WAKING TOMORROW AND ALL MUSIC HAS DISAPPEARD graffiti, under or on a bridge in the city.

While in the artic, Drummond will also be giving a lecture at TEATERKAFÉEN and leading a performance of Score 328: SURROUND across the city.

Tromsø is the largest city in the Sami speaking part of the world, to recognise this both Score 1: IMAGINE and the NOTICE - All Recorded Music, have been translated into Sami (Lapp) and can be viewed on the home page of The17 site.

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The17 in Salford http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:46:12 BST Bill Drummond was at Un Convention, Salford, England over the weekend of 1 - 3 October 2010, leading performances by The17.

On Friday the 1st, Drummond gave a performance lecture in the underpass at Salford Railway Station. On the Saturday he was to lead a performance of  Score 328: SURROUND this did not happen, neither did the performance of Score 329 TWO TRIBES at the Salford Lads Club on the Sunday. The reason for both of these performances not happening are varied.

What Drummond did do was lead a performance of the new scores 360: BEFORE ANY MEAL and 361:AT THE CONCERT at the Sacred Trinity Church on the Saturday afternoon. This was followed by him painting a graffiti under the Prince's Bridge. This graffiti was one of the 40 IMAGINE WAKING TOMORROW AND ALL MUSIC HAS DISAPPEARED graffiti he has being doing around the globe. 

The TWO TRIBES score was to be performed by two Salford amateur boxing clubs. This is to be rearranged for a later date. The performance of SURROUND may be rearranged.


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The17 in Germany http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 01 Jul 2010 09:33:09 BST The Institute of Music of Oldenburg University has invited Bill Drummond to lead a performance by The17 in Oldenburg as part of the Sounding D festival. Sounding D is organised by Netwerk Neue Musik. Sounding D is happeing at various cities across Germany including Oldenburg. In Oldenburg the festival is based at the city's railway station and takes on the name Bahnklang (Train Sound). Drummond will be leading a performance of Score 328: SURROUND

This is The17's premier performance in Germany.


If you are interested in being one of The17 for this performance please email the17-oldenburg@gmx.de

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The17 @ Camp Bestival http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 01 Jul 2010 10:24:17 BST Bill Drummond will be leading The17 through a performance of the UK premier of the score NIGHTCLUBBING at Camp Bestival 2010. The performance will include ten sessions with groups of 17 individuals. Each session will last up to 30 minutes and will take place through out Saturdau 31 July, at an as yet undisclosed location on the festival site. The combined performance/recording will be played back through the main PA on the Sunday evening. Tickets can be bought from the Camp Bestival site here.

This performance is part of The17 City-to-City world tour.

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The17 in Milton Keynes & Alaska http://www.the17.org/news.php Fri, 02 Jul 2010 05:49:27 BST As part of The17's world tour Bill Drummond will be begining a performance of Score 321: SHOW in Milton Keynes, England. On Tuesday 6 July 2010 he will be eliciting the 100 responses in bars and cafes across the city throughout the day and evening.

This performance is twinned with another performance of the same score that John Hirst will be leading in Anchorage, Alaska. This should be happening at the same time (weather permitting).

The 200 collected responses will then be used as text on 200 different editions of Penkiln Burn beer mats. These beer mats will then be distributed throughout bars in both Milton Keynes and Anchorage.  Written and photographic documentation of these two performances of SHOW may be added to the TOUR section of The17 site.

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The17 at The Callanish Stones http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 05 Oct 2010 08:23:31 BST As part of The17's Coast-to-Coast world tour, Bill Drummond will be leading a performance of Score 8: TAKE at the Callanish Stones on the Isle-of-Lewis, Scotland on 19 June 2010. This performance is to be twinned with a performance of the same score at Almendres Cromlech, Evora, Portugal in June 2011.

At 7pm the evening before (19 June), Drummond will be giving a Performance/Lecture regarding The17 at an Lanntair, Kenneth St., Stornoway, Isle-of-Lewis, Scotland HS1 2DS.

If you are interested in taking part in the performance at the Callanish Stones contact admin@penkilnburn.com

If you are interested in attending the Performance/Lecture at An Lanntair either phone 01851 703307 or contact info@lanntair.com

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The17 in Croatia http://www.the17.org/news.php Thu, 01 Jul 2010 10:18:47 BST Bill Drummond was invited to give a lecture and lead a performance by The17 at the 2010 European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Radio Drama Workshop. The EBU is based in Geneva and its Radio Drama Workshop is held in a different European states, every second year. In 2010 it is being hosted by HRT/Croatia in Zagreb. The Workshop is between 9 - 11 June. The overall title for 2010 is "Listen Again: The Power of Sounds"

The score performed was a version of Score 13: CELEBRATE.

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The17 @ The Roundhouse http://www.the17.org/news.php Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:48:59 GMT Bill Drummond is a patron of the Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser @ The Roundhouse. His involvement in the event will evolve. What is known is that he has written a piece for the event's website - to read it click here. It is also presumed that on the night he will say a few words about The17 in Haiti, before leading the audience through a performance of the world premiere of Score 357: LOUDER & LOUDER

More information to follow.

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Haiti Earthquake & The17 http://www.the17.org/news.php Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:46:15 GMT L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat, the school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where The17 performed during the week before Christmas was in the worst hit area of the city. It was in one of the poorest areas of the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The school had next to nothing already, now they will have less than nothing. This school was for the poorest of the poor. And yet they were all bright eyed and enthusiatic performers with The17. They were smart, intelligent and had a thirst to learn. They were welcoming of us and open to all the ideas that we were working on together.

As yet we (John Hirst, Tracey Moberly & Bill Drummond) have not been able to learn any news of the school, the pupils or the members of staff -  but we fear the worst. As soon as we know we will put a new News item on this site, to let you know.

The performance in Port-au-Prince was twinned with a performance of the same score at Kingswood Comprehensive, Corby, UK in November 2009. We showed them a large print of a photograph of the young folk from Corby. From seeing this they were eager to learn what the pupils in Kingswood were like and how they performed and what they wore and how they talked and what music they listened to.

After their performance we had a photograph taken of them holding the photograph of Kingswood photo. To view photograph click here

Next week we will be going back to Kingswood to talk to the pupils there, show them the photograph of all the pupils in Port-au-Prince holding the photograph of them. We have also  set up a fund in association with the pupils of Kingswood to raise money specifically for L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat. Click the donate button below to contribute. All funds received (minus PayPal fee) will go directly to L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat. This is to be a long term project between The17 and this school and is not an alternative to the work being done by other charities and agencies who are dealing with Haiti's intstant need for food, water and medicine.  If you are interested in learning more about this fund please contact admin@the17.org

Six of the students at L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat, Port-au-PrincePhotograph taken by Tracey Moberly: L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat, Port-au-Prince, 15 December 2009

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The17 in Haiti http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:14:35 GMT The17 have been invited to perform at the first Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Ghetto Biennale - A Salon des Refusés for the 21st century - is being hosted by the Grand Rue Sculptors of Port-au-Princ

The17 will be performing a version of Score 7. COLLABORATE with all the pupils of L'Ecole Guillaume Manigat in the Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince. This performance will be twinned with a performance of the same score at Kingswood School, Corby, England. Both the Port-au-Prince and the Corby performances are part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour.

The17 will also be performing Score 324. NIGHTCLUBBING at a Voodoo temple in the city. This performance will be part of the City-to-City world tour.

Learn more about the Ghetto Biennale and the Grand Rue Sculptors.

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No Music Day in Linz http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:14:41 GMT No Music Day is on 21 November

No Music Day 2009 is year five of a five-year plan.

Linz, Austria, in its role as European Capital of Culture (2009), elected to host the fifth No Music Day as part of the cities Hörstadt (Acoustic city) Initiative . To know what this Hörstadt Initiative is visit www.hoerstadt.at

To know more about No Music Day or make your statement visit www.nomusicday.com

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The17 in China http://www.the17.org/news.php Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:14:23 GMT The17 were invited to perform at the 10th Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China, this August.

The performance they gave was of Score 328 SURROUND and took place on 14 August 2009. This performance is part of The17’s Coast-to-Coast world tour. This performance was twinned with a performance of the same score in Northampton, England, that took place on 14 March 2009.

The members of The17 taking part in this performance were made up of 100 Beijing market stallholders.

Read a full account of The17’s performance in Beijing, written by Bill Drummond.

View the 100 Beijing market stallholder members of The17.

View Score 328 Surround in Chinese.

View the Imagine Graffiti made by Bill Drummond on the side of a gas tank in Beijing.

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