Eve Libertine of Crass has written the lyrics for and is co-director of an exciting new chamber opera due to debut at London’s The Horse Hospital in May. Room of Worlds is a new chamber opera for live voices, electronics and video. The opera charts the physical and psychological journey of a woman in a patriarchal landscape of domesticity, love and loneliness, through medicine and memory to the edge of madness. Exploring the notion of the video surface as consciousness and with a score derived from William Morris designs the performance will be a singularly immersive experience. Room of Worlds is based loosely on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between electronic artist Charles Webber (composer/video) and experimental vocalist and ex-Crass chanteuse Eve Libertine (libretto).
- The Horse Hospital, The Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD
- Premier Performances at 7.30pm on 9th – 10th May 2014.
- Tickets : £6 advance / £7.50 door
- Tube : Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) / Buses : 7 – 59 – 68 – 91 – 168 – 188
Produced by operaNCV and funded by the Arts Council England Lottery Funding, with support from The Horse Hospital, Femme Brutal (Oslo) and DACS Audio.
Excellent interview with Penny Rimbaud of Crass, from a few years back. (Hello Russ! Nice to see you briefly there at the beginning.)
The last ever show of Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will take place in London at the Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 4th December.
Tiring, as he does, of any form of permanence, Penny is renaming his operations.
‘L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS’ as, if nothing else, a reflection of his heart – ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’. The band’s stellar line up will remain – Penny Rimbaud/voice, Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Jennifer Maidman/guitars, with visual additions by Mick Duffield and Gee Vaucher plus occasional guest artists.
Of their recent show in Paris, Delphine Delaby wrote – ‘a special atmosphere that combines tension and power with serenity. The words and music blend to perfection. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen at the Cite de la Musique’.
Penny and the band will be taking a quarterly residency at the Vortex in the coming year.
Vortex 11 Gillet Square. London (Dalston Kingsland Station) www.vortexjazz.co.uk
While we’re on the subject, here is an excellent full length performance by Penny and cohorts earlier this year in Japan.
This Wednesday 14th August at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London, Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will be performing a very special piece. Here’s the details from the man himself.
On Wednesday 14th, I’m doing a gig at the Vortex, Dalston, with Eve Libertine, Christine Tobin, Louise Elliott, Jennifer Maidman, Phil Robson and Chas Weber. The second half will be an experiment with free time based around an electronic piece that I created for our recent gig in Tokyo. For want of a better description, the piece, which employs progressive time stretches, ‘represents’ a nuclear meltdown, or perhaps merely the slow erosion of all and any technological or/and social system. It’s another attempt to move out beyond the confines of time/space which so bind so much of our lives. It’d be nice if you were there to share the experience.
Love, blessings and joy,