16 aprile 2013

Si inaugura oggi a Londra presso il museo della Royal Academy Of Music la mostra Kenny Wheeler: Master of Melancholy Chaos dedicata alla lunga carriera del trombettista e compositore, oggi ottantatreenne. Il titolo dell'esposizione, che rimarrà aperta per un intero anno, viene da una battuta estrapolata da una recente intervista di Wheeler alla BBC: “Everything I do has a touch of melancholy and a touch of chaos to it. I write sad songs and then I get the musicians destroy them”.

A treasure-trove of music memorabilia from revered trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler is on display at the Royal Academy Of Music, London, in a special year-long exhibition entitled ‘Kenny Wheeler: Master of Melancholy Chaos’ running from April 2013-April 2014. The exhibition has been drawn from the Kenny Wheeler archive, which the Academy acquired in 2012, and focuses on seven key albums from Wheeler’s illustrious six-decade career, including handwritten scores and musical sketches that range from a very early arrangement of ‘Stella By Starlight’ through to the manuscript for his latest big band score for ‘The Long Waiting’. Other exhibits include personal memorabilia, instruments, recordings and recent interviews with Wheeler; behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of his latest big band recording session plus interviews with some of his key contemporaries such as Norma Winstone, Evan Parker and Royal Academy Of Music’s recent visiting tutor, trumpeter Dave Douglas, all talking about Wheeler’s influence and his work past and present.
The exhibition is held in the Royal Academy Of Music museum which is open every weekday (11.30am-5.30pm) and Saturdays (12noon-4pm).