Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Layla and Majnun with Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group at Melbourne International Arts Festival

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, this epic romance forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour. Over a century ago Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s Layla and Majnun debuted as the Middle East's first opera—now a host of our era's finest artists rework this classic tale for the twenty-first century.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The virtuosic performers of the Silkroad Ensemble fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov alongside daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin—one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists—and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

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Silkroad Ensemble at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Silkroad Ensemble at Melbourne International Arts Festival

To hear Silkroad Ensemble perform live once in a lifetime would be lucky, but to be blessed with two performances is nothing short of miraculous. Appearing for the first time in Australia to perform in dance-opera extravaganza Layla and Manjun, this stellar line-up of international talent will also grace Melbourne with a standalone concert of works showcasing its peerless style.

Just as the ancient silk road network connected continents, Silkroad Ensemble's sonic forays traverse the contemporary musical landscape. Its members hail from more than 20 countries and in the crucible of their meeting is forged a new musical language. Traditional instruments from Armenia, Mongolia or Japan can share the stage with those of the Western classical tradition, reflecting the many-layered fabric of life in the world today.

As opposed to a fixed group, the ensemble is composed of a dynamic array of members from across the globe who come together to present never-to-be-repeated events of enduring appeal. Powerful virtuosity, cultural nuance and a unique melding of compositional styles amount to something more than the sum of its parts. Be compelled.

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Organized Rhythm at Müpa Budapest
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Organized Rhythm at Müpa Budapest

  • Budapest, Komor Marcell utca Budapest, 1095 Hungary (map)
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  • Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Susman: Haskalah
  • Copland: Hoe-Down
  • Cochereau: Boléro sur un thème de Charles Racquet
  • Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animeaux - Introduction; Marche royale du lion; Aquarium; Fossiles
  • Holst: The Planets, op. 32 - Mars, Venus, Jupiter

 

Like some poems, the concert will follow a 'frame narrative'. A very popular works will be performed at the beginning and end of the programme. The first will be the 1942 patriotic wartime piece Fanfare for the Common Man by American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990) - one of the most popular works of the 20th century. The closing piece will be the movements Mars, Venus and Jupiter from the orchestral suite The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934). It is worth noting that Pluto, another movement from the concert, was not written by Holst but by Stephen Eddins (1954) at the request of Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley, and is therefore a supplemental addition to Holst's suite by the two musicians. Both Copland and Holst's creations were originally orchestral works, or rather Copland's fanfare was originally written for a brass and percussion ensemble, but Saint-Saëns arranged the movements of Le carnaval des animeaux for two pianos and a chamber ensemble.


Clive Driskill-Smith (1978) is an English organist. He studied at Eton College and Winchester College before becoming Sub-Organist at Christ Church in Oxford. He has contributed to concerts and recordings by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and has joined them on tours. Organized Rhythm is not the name of today's concert, but rather that of the permanent duo comprised of Clive Driskill-Smith and American percussionist Joseph Gramley, born in 1970. In addition to his participation in Organized Rhythm, Gramley is active as a soloist, teacher and composer, and is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble.

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Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group

  • 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)
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Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of the Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this elegant performance.

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Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group
Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group

  • 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of the Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this elegant performance.

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Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Layla and Majnun: Silkroad Ensemble with Mark Morris Dance Group

  • 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of the Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this elegant performance.

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