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Zeitgeist: Dance of the Machines (Paris, 1926)

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Published on Feb 1, 2013

Aurora Orchestra's series of short, immersive concerts as part of Southbank Centre's 'The Rest is Noise' continues with an adventure into Paris of the 1920s, the crucible for George Antheil's astonishing Ballet mécanique -- a visceral rollercoaster for pianola, pianos and a barrage of percussion including aircraft propellers and electric bells. In addition to this rarely-heard work, the programme features other contrasting Parisian music of the period, including an excerpt from Stravinsky's pianola arrangement of The Rite of Spring, and new arrangements of Josephine Baker's irresistible cabaret songs performed by french jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble. Specially-commissioned film from Stanton Media completes a programme evoking the rich colour and extraordinary juxtapositions of Antheil's city. (Concert duration: 1 hour.)

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