Drifting and Tilting - The Songs of Scott Walker

Featuring Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Jarvis Cocker, Gavin Friday, Michael Henry & Nigel Richards

13 - 15 November 2008 / 19:45

£20 / 25 / 30 / 35

subject to availability
 sold out

Featuring Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Jarvis Cocker, Gavin Friday, Michael Henry , Owen Gilhooly &  Nigel Richards.

A stunning cast of vocalists, musicians and dancers bring music from Scott Walker’s seminal albums The Drift and Tilt to life in an extraordinary world-premiere production; Drifting and Tilting - The Songs of Scott Walker.

This thrilling song-cycle will be set and designed for the Barbican Theatre stage, with music performed by a 42 piece string orchestra playing alongside Walker’s band.

Once his songs are recorded, Walker famously never listens to them again, preferring to leave the moment of creation untouched and never re-visited...

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the theatrical intensity of Walker’s music in what promises to be one of the major musical events of 2008.

Watch Video: Scott Walker: Jesse [from the The Drift LP]

Drifting And Tilting conceived by Scott Walker
Directed by Ann-Christin Rommen
Set Design Sam Collins
Lighting Design A J Weissbard
Musical Director & Orchestrator Mark Warman
Sound Production Peter Walsh & Scott Walker 
String Conductor Philip Sheppard
Choreography Aletta Collins
Costume Design Shanti Freed
All songs composed and arranged by Scott Walker

“I can't tell you where it comes from. It comes from silence, most of it. I sit around and I'm waiting. I'm waiting and waiting”
Scott Walker, interview in The Wire, May 1995

Complementing the Sat 15 Nov concert we present a special screening of Stephen Kijak’s mesmerizing journey through Scott Walker’s music and career; Scott Walker – 30 Century Man at 4pm in Cinema 3.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Kijak.

Please note: Scott Walker will not be performing.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Cultural Industry with support from The Arts Council of England


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