Bill Direen & Guests
There are two performances this weekend, and each night will feature a song-cycle based on Michael Joseph Savage. The second part of each show is based on the life of Bill Direen's own grandfather William Michael Direen (relief worker in the 1930s) who also served in WW1. So the entire show takes in history of NZ from 1914 to 1939.
The music and lyrics are both prepared and improvised. Songs will alternate with pure improvisation at Audio Foundation, 4 Poynton Tce, Auckland, on Fri May 18th and Saturday May 19th, at 8:30pm.
In sum, the evening comprises about eighteen songs and six improvisations by accomplished improvisors. We begin with the Depression years of the 1930s, before returning back to Expedition Forces years in Egypt and the Western Front. The last piece is a collective composition with text, simulating through music and poetry (and utterance) a match of rugby that actually occurred in the 1920s. There are some multi-media elements. The ODT reviewer said it was an extraordinary show, "Blacker than Cohen, gruffer than Waits", and "not for the faint-hearted".
Don't miss this performance this coming weekend.