I’ll collaborating with LED designer Moritz Waldemeyer, who’s created light pieces for will.i.am and Versace, to fill the main ballroom with hundreds of his LED candles, which will be centrally controlled to create a music-responsive sculpture.
The exhibition will also feature Veronica Smirnoff, Ivgenia Naiman, and DUSKMANN, and is sponsored by the Cavalli Foundation and the Russian Ministry of Culture.
2 birthday pieces. The 1st was for my sister’s 40th – the name is a tribute to the geeky titles beboppers would give their compositions in the ’40’s. It was recorded and then played back on a Yamaha Disklavier. The 2nd is a Russian lullaby I wrote for one of my students to play, recorded on her piano.
2 piano arrangements of pieces from an early draft of my musical: the 1st was a horror overture for ‘cello and piano, the 2nd was a song for voice, flute, ‘cello, and piano.
Another birthday piece and another arrangement. The melody of the first is inspired by Schubert’s songs, but the accompaniment drags it into the 20th Century. The 2nd is modelled on Chopin’s Polonaises.
I wrote the book, music and lyrics to a musical farce about the Prague Revolution of 1848, which has sadly only become more relevant since I started writing it due to recent political events. I developed it with a £15,000 grant from the Arts Council, which was matched by private funding, and it was then taken on by Glass Half Full Productions. (Left is a poster from one of the workshops, when it was called White & Red.) Stephen Sondheim heard some of the songs and invited me to his house to talk about it, and we’ve been in touch ever since.
I’ve also been writing a straight play over the past year and a half, set in contemporary London. It was dramaturged by Leo Butler, a playwright who was Playwriting Tutor at the Royal Court from 2005 to 2014.
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