‘A world somewhere between Atlantis and Greenwich Village’1
This music draws on an ancient tradition: it owes as much to Aeschylus as it does to late-John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. The expressionism of the music - fragmented rhythms, atonality, deeply-felt melodic beauty - is there to intensify the unity of the drama. The pieces are like disconnected scenes: dialogue, recitative, chorus, aria. And the story is perhaps Mazeppa.
This is music played by people who want to be somewhere else and are doing something about it.’2
1 Other Music, Sheffield
2 Robert Sandall, Radio 3
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