Città di Castello, Chiesa di San Domenico
WAR WORK: 8 SONGS WITH FILM
Written and directed by MICHAEL NYMAN
Michael Nyman conductor and piano
Hilary Summers contralto
Michael Nyman Band
War Work is a 2105 ”film with music” which reminds the sound reinforcement of silent films of the 20s, as made by Nyman, like for example Battleship Potemkin, shown at the festival four years ago.
The centennary of the beginning of first world war brings the conflict at the centre of the attention of the english eclectic artist.
The war is told through archived images taken in Great Britain, France and Germany and through texts of those poets who lost their lives in the field like: August Stramm, Isaac Rosenberg and Alfred Lichtenstein, and through Nymal musical creation. The musician himself wanted to point out that the starting point of his new project is the title of a series of compositions by french poet Gaston de Ruyter: Chansons vieilles sur d’autres airs, or “old songs on other arias”