Shadow Prophets (2011)
One-hour long quasi-opera, an absurdist take on current affairs, politics, high art and 80s sci-fi movies. Originally commissioned by Miniere Sonore festival, Sardinia, the piece is scored for a mixed ensemble of a total of 9 performers. Vocal parts and live electronics are performed by squib-box.
Forces: Tenor Saxophone or Bass Clarinet, Bass, Harp, Piano, Male of Female voice (chorus)
This is a collaborative squib-box opera, squib-box are Federico Reuben, Neil Luck and Adam de la Cour. The libretto was written by the unique force of nature known as Matthew Lee Knowles.
The pieces wot I wrote are found below -
Oh Bummer, Bin Lyin'? -
Al Jolson preaches from his soap-box as Obama, with funk-rock interludes. The piece ends with a patriotic rendition of the Kenyan National Anthem.
Luke is on the psychiatrist's couch, until the ensemble enters hyperdrive, launching them all into a Chas & Dave inspired sing-along.
A depraved Bunga party with a Latin/Spaghetti-Western/Black Metal theme .
Machine Gun Aria -
The spirit of Colonel Gadaffi goes on its final rampage.
A few clips from the premiere perofrmance squib-box's opera 'Shadow Prophets' - Miniere Sonore Festival, Sardinia, 2011
Soundhub Showcase Concert, Friday 22 June 2012, LSO St Luke's
Shadow Prophets Trailer