Raoul Dufy Paints a Portrait
Music by Mike Westbrook OBE, lyrics Kate Westbrook
(commissioned by Bob Baker for Jane Mann.)
Featuring Tim Goodwin as the painter, Raoul Dufy
With Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier, Billy Bottle voices
Marcus Vergette, double bass
Alan Wakeman, saxophones
And Mike Westbrook, piano
On the sea wall in Nice, Raoul Dufy paints a portrait of his muse Jane. A troupe of singers and instrumentalists celebrate the painter in Waltz, Jazz, Blues and Repartee until the sun goes down and envelopes the generous, sensual world of Monsieur Dufy.
Since winning the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award in the late ‘70s with their Jazz Cabaret Mama Chicago, composer Mike and vocalist/librettist Kate have generated a succession of Music-Theatre pieces. They have written for the stage, for television and radio, and toured with Theatre, Dance and Opera companies as well as their own ensembles, throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Much of their work has been released on CD.
Have a listen to an excerpt from Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra - 'A Bigger Show':
“No one has succeeded in creating a more distinctive body of work than Mike and Kate Westbrook. Their mixture of jazz, music-theatre, poetry, street entertainment and visuals is rich and unique.” - Dave Gelly in The Observer
This is a 90 minute performance with a break.
Mike and Kate Westbrook
Mike Westbrook OBE is a key figure in the development of British jazz, producing several big-band records for the Deram label, with the newly formed Mike Westbrook Concert Band, between 1967 and 1969.
In 1968 his band made their international debut at the Montreux Festival with Malcolm Griffiths, Alan Jackson, Harry Miller, Mike Osborne and John Surman.
In 1972/73 he also worked in the context of his jazz-rock band Solid Gold Cadillac with Phil Minton. Phil's unmistakable voice would feature in many of Westbrook's later projects. A live performance of Solid Gold Cadillac (at the Paris Theatre in London) has been repeatedly broadcast by BBC Radio 6.
Big Band Rossini, which was featured in the 1992 BBC Proms, and Chanson Irresponsable (2002), commissioned by BBC Radio 3, bringing together jazz and classical musicians in the New Westbrook Orchestra. He also features in the 2003 BBC documentary Jazz Britannia.
Westbrook was awarded an OBE in 1988, and in 2004 the University of Plymouth awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Music.
Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand-selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
<-- They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
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