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Late at the Library: 'Sounds of the Revolution' at the British Library

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Time 19:30
Date 05/05/17
Price £20

A night of breathtaking live music, radical sound and silent film.

A night of radical sound and silent film directed by Gabriel Prokofiev with the superb musicians of the Renegade Orchestra.

Echoes of Russian classical music greats are cut with sonic experimentation and electronica, reflecting the remarkable avant-garde experimentation of a century ago, alongside a screening of the 1927 film The End of St Petersburg and DJs from Nonclassical. You can also see the Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition after hours, included in your ticket price.

The evening opens with the premiere of Dash Arts’ Renegade Orchestra, a revolutionary piece of music theatre written by Russian composer Alexander Manotskov with musicians from across the region. Vsevelod Pudovkin’s brilliant film The End of St Petersburg, which beautifully depicts Russian peasants’ struggle and journey towards Revolution in 1917, will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from Gabriel Prokofiev, Alexander Manotskov, The Renegade Orchestra and UK-based musicians, including theramin virtuoso Lydia Kavin. Monumental sounds, sirens, strings and foley instruments are combined with elements from works of the period by composers such as Sergei Prokofiev (grandfather of Gabriel) and the legendary experimentalists Mossolov, Avraamov and Matyushin.