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VELVET GOLDMINE

David Bowie wouldn’t give Todd Haynes permission to use any of his Ziggy Stardust-era songs, planning to keep them for a stage-screen project of his own—which never came to pass. So Haynes turned to Bryan Ferry, and the soundtrack for Haynes fabulous glitter rock epic VELVET GOLDMINE was born. (Songs by Roxy Music were covered by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood.)

The film—starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor (as stand-ins for Bowie and Iggy Pop), Toni Collette, Christian Bale, and Eddy Izzard—screens this week at Lincoln Center, as part of a free double-bill with Alex Ross Perry’s HER SMELL.

VELVET GOLDMINE

Thursday, August 29, at 6 pm.

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street, New York City.

Todd Haynes, Velvet Goldmine (1998), from top: Ewan McGregor (left) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Christian Bale (left), photograph by Peter Mountain / Zenith / Killer Films / Kobal / Shutterstock; Rhys Meyers; Haynes (left), Rhys Meyers, and Toni Collette at Cannes; McGregor; Rhys Meyers. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the performers, and the photographers.

PHILIP GLASS — LODGER PREMIERE

The world premiere of Philip Glass’ 12th symphony—an interpretation of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s music for LODGER—will be conducted this week in Los Angeles by John Adams in a program that includes Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails and Adams’ Grand Pianola Music.

Angelique Kidjo will sing during the LODGER section, and program performers include sopranos Zanaida Robles and Holly Sedillos, mezzo-soprano Kristen Toedtman, pianists Marc-André Hamelin and Orli Shaham, and organist James McVinnie.

 

LODGER—

ADAMS & GLASS

Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11, at 8 pm.

Sunday, January 13, at 2 pm.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Above: Original Lodger album cover, 1979. Image credit: RCA.

Below: Philip Glass (left) and David Bowie.

ANNETTE PEACOCK IN CONCERT

Artists Space and Blank Forms present pioneer composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Annette Peacock in concert this month in Brooklyn. An associate of Ram Dass, Paul Bley, and Robert Moog, she was the first to use the Moog Synthesizer for vocal processing.

Peacock’s last public performance in the city was at the Whitney in 2013.

“Peacock struck out on her own with I’M THE ONE, her 1972 solo debut, a cult classic marked by free-flowing, rock, R&B and pop-influenced jazz with Peacock’’s dynamic vocals. Equal parts moving and disquieting, I’M THE ONE—praised by such artists as David Bowie and Brian Eno——stands among the most adventurous artistic statements released by a major label, and established Peacock as a force in not only jazz, but the broader category of pop music as well.

“Pushing her sound further and further in the ensuing years, Peacock would collaborate with a diverse slate of artists including Salvador Dalí, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robert Wyatt, Mick Ronson, Coldcut, Bill Bruford, and Alan Holdsworth among many others.”*

ANNETTE PEACOCK*

Friday, December 7, at 8 pm.

First Unitarian Congregational Society

119 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn.

Annette Peacock, including artwork for I’m the One, above.

BOWIE’S LAZARUS IN CONCERT

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“For the first time and for one night only, the theatrical premiere of the film LAZARUS – shot during the London theatrical production – will be soundtracked live by the actual band who brought the show to life in New York, including the four songs written specifically for LAZARUS: the title cut, and ‘No Plan,’ ‘Killing a Little Time,’ and ‘When I Met You’).

“The LAZARUS band is comprised of musical director/arranger/keyboardist Henry Hey, keyboardist/guitarist JJ Appleton, drummer Brian Delaney, saxophonist Lucas Dodd, bassist Fima Ephron, trombonist Karl Lyden and guitarist Chris McQueen.”*

Written by David Bowie and Enda WalshLAZARUS was inspired by the Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth.

 

LAZARUS, Wednesday, May 2, at 8 pm.

KINGS THEATRE, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

kingstheatre.com/calendar/lazarus

Above: Julie Yammanee and Michael C. Hall in Lazarus. Photograph by Jan Versweyveld.

Below: Michael Esper, Amy Lennox, and Hall. Photograph by Johan Persson.

Bottom: Hall. Photograph by Jan Versweyveld.

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STARDUST — COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

STARDUST, a new work by Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrating the music of David Bowie, will be performed at the Music Center this weekend in its Los Angeles premiere.

For many years following the 1972 release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Bowie had discussed staging alternative versions of his work beyond the concert stage:

Songs by Roxy Music replaced the Bowie material Todd Haynes had planned to use for his film Velvet Goldmine (1998) after Bowie made it clear he was still planning his own movie. But this never came to pass.

Similarly, talk of a Broadway show went nowhere until, at the end of his life, Bowie and Enda Walsh put together the off-Broadway musical Lazarus, directed by Ivo van Hove.

Bowie worked with Montréal’s La La La Human Steps for his Sound + Vision tour in 1990, and elsewhere in the dance world, Michael Clark is well known for his homages to Bowie. Come, Been and Gone utilized vintage numbers like “Jean Genie” and the title cut from Aladdin Sane, and after Bowie’s death in 2016, Clark reformated and retitled the work as To a Simple Rock ’n’ Roll… Song, which opened with “Blackstar” from Bowie’s final studio album.

Now, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s founding choreographer Dwight Rhoden and his powerful company bring us STARDUST, which had its world premiere in Detroit in 2016. The show—which opens with “Lazarus”—brought down the house at the Joyce Theater last fall.

STARDUST will be preceded by the 30-minute piece BACH 25.

STARDUST—COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, April 22, at 2 pm.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Top and above: Photographs by Moira Geist.

Below: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Stardust. Photograph by Breeann Birr.