"An elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great artist's
words. Lorca lives!"
BBC Radio Scotland
Federico García Lorca, murdered during the Spanish Civil War, is the most beloved and influential of all modern Poets. His reputation puts him as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Passionate, urgent, haunting and evocative, Lorca also wrote dramatic, modernist plays, many of which have been performed worldwide.
His poems, beautifully translated by literary followers, are the jewel of his work and until now only one has been set to music in English, "Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen, with such admiration he named his daughter Lorca.
This concert of Lorca’s poetry set to music is performed by Keith James and Rick Foot, acclaimed for their success with "The Songs of Nick Drake".
The poems will be mostly be sung in English with some verses in Spanish and to soften the challenge the evening will also include timeless material by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley and, of course, Nick Drake.
Plus a film: García Lorca, A Death in Granada - an authoritative film biography of García Lorca, containing the only remaining footage of the poet himself.
"My greatest influence"
- Leonard Cohen
"No modern Spanish Poet has seduced the English-speaking as Federico
- David H Rosenthal
"Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in,
Keith James is one of these"
- Bob Harris
"Poetry evokes its own power and its own helplessness and seems to
carry us to the limit of understanding"
- Christopher Maurer, Lorca Collected Poems