The Poetry of Lorca Set to Music
Friday 6 February 7.45pm
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.
The poems will be mostly sung in English with some verses in Spanish, plus the evening will also include courageous material by those who followed Lorca, namely, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley and, of course, Nick Drake.
"Thoughtfully put together,
evocative and passionate"
- Net Rhythms
Federico Garcia 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, in such admiration he named his Daughter Lorca.
and atmospheric... James' wistful melody keeping the focus on those vivid
lyrics... the orchestration is sublime."
- Irish Herald
film, “A Death in
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Towards the end of the 80’s he set up his own recording studio, a later incarnation of which became very well known among acoustic musicians “Dream of Oswald Studio” Nr Henley on Thames producing a multitude of albums for Folk, Blues and Jazz artists.
During this time Keith began
recording his own material again to great effect and has since released 7 Albums
TOMORROW IS LONGER THAN YESTERDAY ,
OUTSIDES , THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE
Keith’s music has mostly been described as sultry and evocative; a thinking person’s songwriter.
During the production of OUTSIDES in 2000 a decision was made to record a couple of songs by NICK DRAKE -– “Three hours” appears on the Album. Following this the idea to perform an Arts centre concert entirely dedicated to Nick’s music ……. In the past 6 years Keith, together with Rick Foot on Double Bass, has performed well over 300 of these concerts and has had the of honour of taking Nick’s songs to Glastonbury Festival.
Keith now lives in
Rick originally studied French horn but in 1988 at the age of 25 started playing Double Bass. Obviously from a rudimentary point where he was making a living from it but probably not realising that he would be on a path towards being one the this country’s formidable exponents of the instrument.
He spent a couple of years in a
somewhat reckless manner playing in
And since the early 90’s has been active in Jazz and abstract improvised music – working with many well know figures on the British scene including Evan Parker,
Dick Heckstall-Smith, Henry Lowther, Jim Mullen and countless others.
Rick lead the CHARLES MINGUS
repertory band “On the Corner” touring the country twice and recording a Mingus
Album. He has also been a valuable member of two Celtic groups : the
Outside of his collaboration with Keith; Rick plays in the free-improvisation trio Reeve, Foot, McDade, The Paul Young Quartet, Derrin Neaundorf’s Band and numerous other recording projects.