Richard Thompson’s Cabaret of Souls – West Coast Premiere
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I have the good fortune to again be photographing the incomparable Richard Thompson. My first Meltdown Festival post was a report on the opening night’s performance of Thompson’s Cabaret of Souls, his one of a kind folk oratorio. This time, I am here documenting the rehearsal and workshop process done with it at Idyllwild Arts Academy and tonight’s big performance on the UCLA Live roster at Royce Hall, both under the baton of conductor Peter Askim. I am more staggered by this unique piece as I get to know it better and better. If you are afeared that “that kind of thing” is not for, you. I beg you to reconsider. It is a show case of one of music’s brightest minds and players pushing the envelope as far as it will go, all new and yet vintage Thompson all the way down to its dark and shining heart. There are still tickets. I highly advise any locals to come on down. It is magnificent.
More soon – today should be the finest shooting day.