Roger O’Donnell: Love and Other Tragedies album launch
Love and Other Tragedies
The music of Roger O’Donnell
Friday 26 June at 8.00pm
St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch
Keyboard player, producer and composer Roger O’Donnell is best known for his work with The Cure but he has also performed in the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin, as well as having an active solo career.
O’Donnell first joined The Cure in 1987, replacing Lol Tolhurst on keyboards. He played with The Cure during their Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me tour, though he did not contribute to the album..). Some of O’Donnell’s performances from this tour can be heard on the deluxe edition of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me for the next album Disintegration, O’Donnell became a fully integrated member of …the band, and his songwriting contributions can be heard on the songs “Out of Mind” and “Fear of Ghosts,” which are the B-Sides to the hit singles “Lullaby” and “Lovesong”, respectively.
O’Donnell’s current solo career commenced when he was asked to submit a song for a documentary being made about Bob Moog, “Moog” in early 2004.
In the recent years Roger has spent most of his composing for orchestral strings. Ranging in size from the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (The Bernhard Suite), Quieter Trees (inspired to David Hockney’s paintings Bigger Trees Near Warter) to this his most recent work written for the cellist Julia Kent, ‘Love and Other Tragedies’.
About the album:
‘Love and Other Tragedies tell time honoured stories: Tristan and Isolde, Scheherazade, and Orpheus and Eurydice.
‘It’s easy to fall in love with the music Roger O’Donnell has crafted for this particular project, but that might be asides the point. What makes Love and Other Tragedies great is the way that it captures the imagination and guides the listener down a path of sublime beauty. It allows you to reflect on the inherent sadness of the tragic love story, yet also resonates with something very human found within all of us. Passionate, provocative and simply majestic, this album is nothing short of a masterpiece.’ – Matt Bacon (Twoguysmetalreviews)
About the live show:
St Leonards or Shoreditch Church as its more fondly known has been Roger’s favourite place to play over the last few years. He performed there with Jo Quail and then premiered Requiem in 2012 followed by Adam Donen’s album launch. Now it will be our pleasure to launch Love and Other Tragedies there on June 26th at 8pm.
Accompanying Roger on cello will be Francesca Ter-Berg, Miriam Wakeling and Lucy Railton plus one more mysterious guest! They will perform the suite in its entirety for the first and only time live .
Also on the bill and by way of a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the forming of 99X/10 Records there will be a special performance with Quartet Volute. Playing some songs from the catalogue and arranged by O’Donnell with special guest vocal performances by Hannah Curwood and Erin Lang.
We are also in the final stages of confirming a very special guest who will be reading from Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The show is free and no tickets are required, it will be first come first served and will start at 8pm with the final performance completed by 11pm.
The first 150 people will receive a very special programme designed by Anna Dorfman with artwork by my amazing talented friend Daria Hlazatova.