|Saturday 10 December 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
Keith James - Duende
Federico García Lorca, murdered during the Spanish Civil War, is the most beloved and influential of all modern Poets. His reputation puts him as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Passionate, urgent, haunting and evocative, Lorca also wrote dramatic, modernist plays, many of which have been performed worldwide. His poems, beautifully translated by literary followers, are the jewel of his work and until now only one has been set to music in English, "Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen, with such admiration he named his daughter Lorca.
This concert of Lorca’s poetry set to music is performed by Keith James and Rick Foot, acclaimed for their success with "The Songs of Nick Drake". Performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements. The poems will be mostly be sung in English with some verses in Spanish and to soften the challenge the evening will also include timeless material by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley and, of course, Nick Drake,
Following his numerous concerts and recordings in which he has taken the work of various Poets; William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and successfully transcribed them into what can only be described as truly amazing songs. Keith has now turned his attention to one of his greatest passions; that of the intoxicating and somewhat mysterious world of the most masterful writers in the Spanish language.
Reviews for "Lorca" Album - Keith James & Rick Foot:
"something is really going on here" ~ Metro
"Keith has done a superb job, a particularly happy marriage of lyric and music, a sincere tribute by one artist interpreting the work of another." ~ **** Rock n Reel
"Music full of integrity, a contemporary work of art" ~ ***** Maverick
"Thoughtfully put together, evocative and passionate" ~ Net Rhythms
"Evocative and atmospheric... James' wistful melody keeping the focus on those vivid lyrics... the orchestration is sublime." ~ Irish Herald
"An elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great artist's words. Lorca lives!" ~ BBC Radio Scotland