21 marzo 2016


Compie oggi ottant'anni Mike Westbrook, un lieto anniversario che lo coglie nel pieno del fervore creativo assieme all'inseparabile Kate e del vivace susseguirsi di eventi artistici e concertistici: tra questi, un doppio album (A Bigger Show) capace finalmente di risvegliare l'attenzione internazionale dopo anni di colpevole distrazione; una lunga intermittente serie di rappresentazioni ovunque - e presto anche a Londra - con l'euforica The Uncommon Orchestra, forte di ben 22 elementi; la rilettura integrale per quartetto - Quartetto Westbrooko, con Chris Biscoe e Marcus Vergette - del ciclo di canzoni hollywoodiane di Friedrich Hollaender Love or Infatuation inizialmente concepito per il solo duo con Kate; l'avvio poche settimane fa di un nuovo progetto di teatro musicale per piccolo ensemble - Company Westbrook, un po' nella scia di Platterback e Art Wolf - con materiale originale già del tutto definito (Paintbox Jane) in pieno flirt con Matisse, Satie, il jazz cabaret e Brigitte Bardot. Auguri Mike, evviva!

E così invita lo Smith's Academy Informer: "21st March. The spring equinox. Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). Birth of Mike Westbrook (1936). It’s enough to get you to believe in astrology! 1936 was an eventful year. On 21st March Hitler was militarising the Rhine lands and Russian composer Alexander Glazunov died. While Bing Crosby was counting pennies from heaven, Shostakovich fell out of favour with Stalin, Prokofiev composed not only Romeo & Juliet but also Peter & The Wolf, Robert Johnson was standing at the crossroads, Count Basie was working long and hard in Kansas City plying his impeccably swinging take on the blues, and the teenage Charlie Parker was working on his chops, practising up to 15 hours a day. Cut to 2016. Another eventful year in politics and music. And Westbrook's output is as vibrant and vital as it's ever been. Mike has active bands large and small. His back catalogue continues to expand and excite and, luckily for us, there’s no sign of a let up in his energy levels or creativity. Let us all raise a glass to Mike and wish him a very happy birthday."

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