Beth Gibbons and Krzysztof Penderecki perform Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki’s Symphony No.3
Beth Gibbons of the British band Portishead and Krzysztof Penderecki in a joint performance of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3
Beth Gibbons, vocalist, songwriter, producer and co-founder (together with Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley) of the band Portishead, will sing the solo part in Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Op. 36 composed by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The artist will perform with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Krzysztof Penderecki. After projects with Aphex Twin and Jonny Greenwood, this is yet another spectacular collaboration of the Polish composer witha contemporary music artist.
The concert was originally planned for 1 December 2013, but was rescheduled to 29 November 2014 due to alterations to the programme. The works by three great composers Penderecki, Lutosławski and Górecki will be performed on stage on that day, both interpreted and re-interpreted by the younger generation of musicians associated with the alternative scene.
The concert will feature the previously announced premiere performance of the piece inspired by Witold Lutosławski’s music and composed especially for the National Audiovisual Institute by Bryce Dessner -New Yorkbased composer and guitarist of Polish descent commonly known as a member of the indie rock band The National.
The audience will also be able to experience the unprecedented musical dialogue between Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood - composer, multi-instrumentalist and Radiohead guitarist for whom the works of Krzysztof Penderecki have been a long standing inspiration. This dialog began at the European Culture Congress inWrocław.
The National Audiovisual Institute is the originator and organiser of the concert.
Filip Berkowicz is the concert curator.
Dummy 20 years on
To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of "Dummy" in August 1994, Portishead have re-issued the album as a gatefold pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.
There is no additional material on the re-issue, with the songs remaining exactly as recorded on the original release. The Limited Edition Blue Vinyl is sold out but you can order the heavyweight black vinyl (then put a link to the Portishead site - this one might work if you cut and paste but might not http://portishead.sandbag.uk.com/Store/DisplayItems-9-0-0.html). Each album will contain a download card of “Dummy”.
The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg.
Portishead 2014 Tour Dates
05/07 - BEAUREGARD FESTIVAL - Normandy, France
11/07 - ATP - Iceland
13/07 - ILOSAARIROCK FESTIVAL - Joensuu, Finland
15/07 - LES NUITS DE FOURVIERE FESTIVAL - Lyon, France
18/07 - PALACIO DE DEPORTES - Madrid, Spain
19/07 - MARES VIVAS FESTIVAL - Gaia, Portugal
20/07 - MELT FESTIVAL - Berlin, Germany
15/08 - ROUTE DU ROCK FESTIVAL - St Malo, France
16/08 - PUKKELPOP - Belgium
17/08 - LOWLANDS - Netherlands
20/08 - ISTANBUL - KucukCiftlik Park, Turkey
23/08 - ROCK EN SEINE FESTIVAL - Paris, France
30/08 - ELECTRIC PICNIC - Ireland
Aurora - Save the Arctic March
Beth recorded a "glacial roar" for a giant polar bear that Greenpeace used to lead a street protest in London on Sunday 15th September 2013.
The double-decker bus sized polar bear puppet called Aurora, featured a giant sound system in its head to play the sounds of ice cracking, Arctic wildlife, and other roars donated by members of the public.
The march was part of a global day of action to demand that the Arctic be protected from oil companies planning to drill in its waters.
"The Arctic is an incredible place, home to polar bears like Aurora as well as millions of people,” said Beth, "What does it take to make large corporations, financially driven like Shell, to stop and consider their responsibility? The irreversible damage they cause knowingly is morally wrong. Aurora’s parade will be an amazing expression and one I am pleased to have lent my voice."
Low Cost Festival
Welcome to Benidorm, kitsch capital of Spain
Celebrate with us the 5th Anniversary of the Low Cost Festival, one of the best venues for festival-goers on the peninsula, and enjoy the most spectacular line up of our history.
From Portishead, there only concert in Spain of 2013, to Two Door Cinema Club, Belle and Sebastian, Love Of Lesbian, Lori Meyers! (chk chk chk) and many more.
If you do not already have your ticket, you can get it here. http://www.lowcostfestival.es/es/home
Grab your backpack, take your shoes, your sunglasses and your collest bathing suit, and get ready for the summer of your life 'Beniyork'.
Beth signs to Domino Records
We're pleased to announce that Beth has signed to Domino Records for her next LP.
Beth says, "It's great to be with a British Independent and I love working with Laurence (Bell)".
Portishead on tour
Portishead Tour Dates in full
11/06 - Norway, Oslo - Sentrum Show
14/06 - Sweden, Hutsfred Festival
16/06 - Denmark, Northside Festival
18/06 - Germany, Berlin - Zitadelle
19/06 - Czech Republic, Prague - Tipsport Arena
21/06 - Germany, Hurricane Festival
22/06 - Germany, Southside Festival
23/06 - Holland, Best Kept Secret Festival
25/06 - Poland, Krakow
28/06 - England, Glastonbury
27/07 - Low Cost Festival
War Child and music go way back
To 1995 and the Balkans bloodbath happening on our doorstep. Whilst politicians did nothing, musicians like Oasis, Radiohead, Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Weller came together and did something remarkable.
They recorded the 'HELP' album in just three days. It's the charity record that all others are compared to.
Since then, War Child has enjoyed a special relationship with some of the most legendary artists and hottest new acts.
There albums and gigs have raised money and awareness for War Child's vital work. They've pioneered using the power of the music itself as a tool for therapy and for taking our message to a mass audience.
About War Child
War Child Channel 4 special
The upcoming DOOM/Jneiro Jarel collaboration-- under the name JJ DOOM-- will apparently feature Damon Albarn and Portishead's Beth Gibbons on a track. "Just did a song with Beth of Portishead and Damon Albarn!", Jarel tweeted this weekend, as Consequence of Sound points out. The album, called Keys to the Kuffs, was originally scheduled for a May release through Lex Records, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Beth guested with Neil Hannon & Scott Matthew for Rodrigo Leao. Performing 'Resolve'.
The Alexander Technique is a way to feel better, and move in a more relaxed and comfortable way... the way nature intended.
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We are a campaigning organisation; it's what we do. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.
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“Beth came to mind because she has this incredible – she feels like Helen [Mirren] to me; she has the vulnerability and the power, simultaneously. So the song was written with Beth in mind; there was never any question of anyone else, and we were very proud that we could show her the film and she said ‘Yes’ when she saw it. And we’ve actually had some people think that it’s Helen singing, but Helen will tell you that she doesn’t.”
Music from the 2010 Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Composed by Elliot Goldenthal
The Tempest is an American action film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of Prospera, David Strathairn as King Alonso, Djimon Hounsou as Caliban, and Russell Brand as Trinculo. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010.
Sing 5th Anniversary
Annie Lennox - Sing
Mysteries on Film
Russian Dolls is a 2005 French-British film, the sequel to L'Auberge espagnole (2002).
'Mysteries' is used ont he soundtrack.
A Wim Wenders film from 2008 featuring Beth's song 'Mysteries' and Portishead's 'The Rip'
After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?
Jane Birkin - My Secret
Beth’s second collaboration with Jane Birkin.
Hear My Secret
Sing for HIV awareness
Riders on the Storm
Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited is a tribute album to the works of late French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. First released on Virgin Records in 2006, it consists of English language cover versions of Gainsbourg songs, performed by a diverse array of contemporary artists.
City of Bristol
L'Annulaire is a French film released on June 8, 2005. It was written (based on a novel by Yoko Ogawa) and directed by Diane Bertrand. The film is referred to as The Ring Finger.
Bod Min Soul
Beth wrote the track 'Killing Time'.
Fried - Things Change
Beth co-wrote the track ‘Love is a Stranger’.
Rodrigo Leão is a Portuguese musician/composer who became known for his musical compositions and participation in portuguese bands such as Madredeus and Sétima Legião.
Birkin and Beth Clip
Beth’s first collaboration with Jane Birkin, providing distinctive backing Vocal.