Deirdre Gribbin Hearing Your Genes Evolve
Composer Deirdre Gribbin and geneticist Dr Sarah Teichmann’s year-long collaboration at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge resulted in the creation of a string quartet, Hearing Your Genes Evolve. A central aim of their work together was to demystify the scientific principles behind genetics and make them more meaningful to a wider audience. Through music, Gribbin used fragments of DNA patterns from the ‘1000 Genomes’ project. She created a number of musical dialogues between the four instruments in the quartet, which represented variations in how the genetic code transforms and modifies as the components change. This unique interplay created a new form of dialogue between music, science and audience, illuminating an understanding of the ever-changing nature of what makes us.
There will be two performances of the work, separated by an illustrated talk by Deirdre Gribbin and Sarah Teichmann. A Q&A session will follow the second performance of Hearing Your Genes Evolve, with Deirdre, Sarah and members of the Benyounes Quartet, chaired by the Contemporary Music Centre’s Evonne Ferguson