Chanson Irresponsable - The Music Of Mike And Kate Westbrook

A series celebrating the Westbrooks' unique creative partnership.

With a body of work that includes some of the most adventurous pieces attempted in the name of jazz, the couple is on an ongoing mission to broaden the scope of the music.

Over the years, their refusal to plough a conventional jazz furrow has won them critical plaudits but cast them as outsiders with promoters and a straight jazz audience, perhaps intimidated by Mike's state of the art compositions and Kate's powerful writing and vocal techniques.

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A series celebrating the Westbrooks' unique creative partnership.

With a body of work that includes some of the most adventurous pieces attempted in the name of jazz, the couple is on an ongoing mission to broaden the scope of the music.

Over the years, their refusal to plough a conventional jazz furrow has won them critical plaudits but cast them as outsiders with promoters and a straight jazz audience, perhaps intimidated by Mike's state of the art compositions and Kate's powerful writing and vocal techniques.The series starts with a look at their recent work Chanson Irresponsable and goes back to their first significant collaboration, 1978's Mama Chicago, a jazz cabaret piece which won the Edinburgh Fringe award and set them off on their 25-year musical adventure.

The programme also examines the couple's first acknowledged masterpiece The Cortege which featured settings of the poetry of Lorca, Rimbaud, William Blake and Herman Hesse.

With contributions from Guy Barker, Chris Biscoe, Dave Gelly, Roger Deakin and the Westbrooks themselves.

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A series celebrating the Westbrooks' unique creative partnership.

With a body of work that includes some of the most adventurous pieces attempted in the name of jazz, the couple is on an ongoing mission to broaden the scope of the music.

Over the years, their refusal to plough a conventional jazz furrow has won them critical plaudits but cast them as outsiders with promoters and a straight jazz audience, perhaps intimidated by Mike's state of the art compositions and Kate's powerful writing and vocal techniques.The series starts with a look at their recent work Chanson Irresponsable and goes back to their first significant collaboration, 1978's Mama Chicago, a jazz cabaret piece which won the Edinburgh Fringe award and set them off on their 25-year musical adventure.

The programme also examines the couple's first acknowledged masterpiece The Cortege which featured settings of the poetry of Lorca, Rimbaud, William Blake and Herman Hesse.

With contributions from Guy Barker, Chris Biscoe, Dave Gelly, Roger Deakin and the Westbrooks themselves.

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In this programme, the focus is on their trio with virtuoso saxophonist Chris Biscoe, their ground breaking Dance Band, and the monumental 1988 recording, London Bridge is Broken Down.

Featuring a large ensemble drawn from both classical and jazz worlds, London Bridge marked the Westbrooks' second foray into European literature, as they addressed the horror of two world wars in Europe, the social upheaval of Thatcherism and the pre - Glasnost atmosphere of Eastern Europe.

With contributions from Mike and Kate Westbrook, Art Lange, Paul Nieman, Chris Biscoe and others.

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In this programme, the focus is on their trio with virtuoso saxophonist Chris Biscoe, their ground breaking Dance Band, and the monumental 1988 recording, London Bridge is Broken Down.

Featuring a large ensemble drawn from both classical and jazz worlds, London Bridge marked the Westbrooks' second foray into European literature, as they addressed the horror of two world wars in Europe, the social upheaval of Thatcherism and the pre - Glasnost atmosphere of Eastern Europe.

With contributions from Mike and Kate Westbrook, Art Lange, Paul Nieman, Chris Biscoe and others.

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Writer Linton Chiswick looks at the Westbrooks' take on the work of William Blake, Rossini, Shakespeare and The Beatles.

The worlds of jazz, classical, popular music and literature all collide to produce compelling and unique music from one of the UK's most creative partnerships.

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Writer Linton Chiswick looks at the Westbrooks' take on the work of William Blake, Rossini, Shakespeare and The Beatles.

The worlds of jazz, classical, popular music and literature all collide to produce compelling and unique music from one of the UK's most creative partnerships.

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The series ends by bringing the Westbrooks' music up to date with an account of the origins of their recent BBC commission - a 90 minute song cycle combining contemporary classical, operatic and state of the art jazz.

Plus other current works such as the music theatre piece Platterback, Kate Westbrook's new recording Cuff Clout, and a new trio piece recorded exclusively for this show.

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The series ends by bringing the Westbrooks' music up to date with an account of the origins of their recent BBC commission - a 90 minute song cycle combining contemporary classical, operatic and state of the art jazz.

Plus other current works such as the music theatre piece Platterback, Kate Westbrook's new recording Cuff Clout, and a new trio piece recorded exclusively for this show.