I’ve been working on an idea for an opera – well, a sung-through somewhat sui generis* piece of musical theatre. For my own purposes I’ve been building a playlist of musical inspiration. Thought I’d share it here…
*Who am I kidding? It’s Brechtian, like Brecht but… unfinished.
I noticed this up on SoundCloud today. I think our producer is just using it to send the music over from Farnham, Surrey to Norwich, where the play is taking shape I expect. (I’m out of the loop, but never mind.) Still, if you’re interested, here is all the incidental music to the play Now Is The Hour, soon to be arriving at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from 19th – 28th September.
The original tracks are by Spesh Maloney, with a few in there by George Lewis and Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.
Here’s a short video from the 2009 production at Riverside Studios of Misterioso, on which I did some work. The words at the start – Cleveland Watkiss playing Thelonious Monk – are those of Stefano Benni, translated from the Italian by the show’s director Filomena Campus. The words at the end are (mostly) mine – Tamsin Shasha playing Nica de Koenigswarter – adapted and extended from Filomena’s original text.
It’s reasonably complete, with all the studio albums in there, including the final sessions made in London on the Black Lion label. What’s missing sadly are a great deal of live recordings released on small labels made on tour in Europe and Japan throughout the 60s. Many have yet to be issued on CD, never mind digitally, I imagine.
Why did I do this? Well, I’m working on a rather secret (oops!) new theatre project involving Monk. Can’t reveal too many details just yet, but it’s going to be quite special, I hope.
Intrigued? Well, you may do the Facebook thing, or follow my RSS and you’ll be the first to know when I can announce more details.
I’m a big fan of Spotify, the music streaming service – it is essentially like magic iTunes – and I’m an even bigger fan now they’ve improved it slightly, with new features including the ability to create a profile and share playlists more easily.
My profile is here, with some playlists I already had linked up on my website, and possibly more to come.
You’ll need to download the new version of the program.
I’ve just added a couple of links to some playlists I have on Spotify. One is a very incomplete list of CDs I actually own (inspired by an atavistic feeling of pride of ownership), which I tend to update when I find myself listening to something I already have on the shelf.
The other is called Bedside table, and is a list of stuff that I’ve either been listening to recently or am planning on listening to soon.