28 novembre 2016


In coincidenza con l'anniversario della nascita del Poeta, torna disponibile in digitale presso il sito del musicista uno dei massimi capolavori di Mike Westbrook, quello sui testi poetici di William Blake scelti e adattati da Adrian Mitchell, The Westbrook Blake-Bright As Fire, pubblicato in vinile dapprima da Original Records (1980) e in seguito da Impetus Records anche in cd e audiocassetta. Alla sua realizzazione presero parte all'epoca, oltre a Mike, Kate Westbrook, Phil Minton, Mike Davies, Dave Hancock, Henry Lowther, Malcolm Griffiths, Alan Sinclair, Alan Wakeman, Chris Biscoe, Dave Barry, Georgie Born e Chris Laurence. Successive riprese di quei materiali, riorganizzati e ampliati sotto il nome Glad Day, hanno prodotto negli anni molti concerti e nuove registrazioni, sia audio che video. Occasione prossima per una presentazione in pubblico sarà a marzo del nuovo anno, al Kings Place di Londra.

Settings of the poetry of William Blake, with music by Mike Westbrook, texts selected by Adrian Mitchell. Much of the material originally commissioned by the National Theatre for the 1971 production of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger, directed by John Dexter and Michael Blakemore. The Blake settings, sung by Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton, were an integral part of the repertoire of the Mike Westbrook Brass Band from its formation in 1973. The Westbrook Blake (Bright As Fire), a programme entirely devoted to Blake’s poetry, was first performed in 1980 and has been widely performed throughout Britain and Europe, in New York (1983) and at the Adelaide Festival (1984).

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/westbrookrecords/downloads.shtml
http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-westbrook-blake-settings-of-the-poetry-of-william-blake-by-mike-westbrook