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:: Being Dufay

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John Potter, tenor
Ambrose Field, composer and live electronics


Being Dufay has now been performed in England, Ireland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Australia and the USA. Ambrose Field created the concept 2007, using extracts from Guillaume Dufay’s songs and motets sung by John Potter. From the outset, it was conceived both as a studio album and an hour-long concert event. In this live realisation of a studio sound world, Dufay’s music is presented intact, not something weird and alien, but rather an 'investigation' into the potential already in the original material. John sings the Dufay lines, while Ambrose digitally multiplies and modifies the newly composed material from more than 100 original tracks. The result is a rich, contemporary sound world which retains the essence of 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony.   The live version is a multi-media event with films by Mick Lynch, created as a response to the composition.

:: Reviews

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:: Video & Audio

There is a video montage over a live recording from the Perth Festival (Australia) on Mick LynchÂ’s site


The News page has details of upcoming performances. For more info visit the Being Dufay website at


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We premiered an extract from Ambrose Field's new piece Anagram at the Tampere Vocal Festival:


Photos by Maarit Kytoharju