31 marzo 2013

Pentatonic è una nuova, squisita storia breve di Jonathan Coe uscita per Penguin come e-book: nel formato testuale la si trova tramite Amazon, mentre la versione audio realizzata assieme a Danny Manners - collaboratore di Coe già in 9th and 13th, con Louis Philippe - si ottiene anche tramite iTunes: "I spent some time in the late summer/early autumn writing the short story ‘Pentatonic’, and then working with Danny Manners on the audio version, which we performed live twice in the UK in September, and then recorded at the studio of our good friend Ken Brake near Regent’s Park in London. We’re both very happy with the result, and I hope that some of you are motivated to download it".

Pentatonic, written and read by Jonathan Coe, is a daring and original story about family and memory, originally inspired by the accompanying music from Danny Manners. When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughter's secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own father's war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present. In Pentatonic, Jonathan Coe movingly explores the memories that unite us and the experiences that drive us apart.
Text by Jonathan Coe. Music by Danny Manners. Produced by Ken Brake at Regal Lane Studios.