A glimpse into the world of iconic blind American composer Moondog (1916-1999), whose music has influenced a generation of artists, from Philip Glass and Steve Reich to Charlie Parker, and later devotees like Mouse On Mars, Anthony Hegarty, Damon Albarn and Elvis Costello.
An extraordinary range of guests from the worlds of classical, pop, electronic and avant-garde music bring the music of iconic blind American composer Moondog – Louis Thomas Hardin(1916-1999) to life in an amazing one-off concert event .
The Britten Sinfonia with Andi Toma (Mouse On Mars), music directed and conducted by André De Ridder, perform music from Moondog (1969) and Elpmas (1992) and previously unheard material. Plus London Saxophonic with pianist Liam Noble and percussionist Paul Clarvis explore Moondog’s joyful brass and sax arrangements.
Plus a specially–assembled Moondog All-Star Choir including Gruff Rhys and Bunf (Super Furry Animals), Lightspeed Champion, Pictish Trail and Adem providing vocals.
Pre-show FreeStage set from composer Max de Wardenerand percussionist Tom Skinner.
Interval ClubStage DJ set from Caribou.
Post-show ClubStage live performance from Domino Records stalwarts Clinic and DJ set from Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).
In a companion event, Moondog Around Midnight takes place in the beautiful setting of the church of St Giles Cripplegate at 11.30pm on the same evening with US organist Paul Jordan and Moondog percussion disciple Stefan Lakatos. Tickets are at a 50% discount for main concert ticket holders. ‘Moondog was as recognisable in the NewYork City landscape as the Empire State Building.’ New York Times ‘Wonderful music: strange, jaunty, sad, eerie, virtuosic, maddeningly catchy.’ The Independent
Performers: * Andi Toma (Mouse On Mars)
* Britten Sinfonia conducted by André De Ridder
* London Saxophonic
* O Duo
* Gruff Rhys and Bunf (Super Furry Animals)
* Lightspeed Champion
* Pictish Trail
* Max De Wardner and Tom Skinner
* Caribou (DJ set)
* Kieran Hebden (DJ set)