James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses‘ is being turned into Opus, by American composer Roger Rudenstein, who had presented this piece to a US audience, making a name for himself, and gaining recognition from the New York Times, and gaining over 100,000 plays on Soundcloud.
Roger is now planning to greet European audiences with this incarnation of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses‘. Translating a 732 page literary epic into a two and a half hour opera, Roger has composed the score to fit around leitmotifs, which represent characters speech and emotion, and had used James’s actual words instead of his actual interpretation.
He has gained help from Boston based singers and musicians, to help him bring his Opera to European stages, which will be a guaranteed favourite for fans of composers such as Schubert, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Richard Strauss.
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With a classical aesthetic, but a rock-ballad infused edge, Georg Roman is causing waves in the classical world with his potent and dramatic new single, ‘Forever’.
Georg’s musical roots are based within the operatic genre which is evident when listening to his music. He has performed at many charity events and concerts which he himself has founded, as well as performing at places such as the Bolshoi Academic, The New Opera and the Bonn Opera.
‘Forever’ is a hugely emotive track displaying the power of Georg’s baritone, alongside tension building string sections, all ignited with a little bit of rock. Although Georg looks up to the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo as his classical influences, he also notes Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker as artists who he draws from.
Whilst it might seem that Georg has been singing all his life, he originally wanted to be a sportsman, either a weightlifter or professional fighter, but quite clearly, singing is where he belongs.
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Taking three seemingly contrasting genres and fusing them together with quality musicianship is the up and coming producer, M3staken (M3). He has put together a soundscape-esque concept album consisting of 8 experimental and boundary pushing tracks, called Apex.
Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.
As M3 notes, he is mainly a hip-hop artist, but he finds inspiration from a wide range of genres and musicians including Jamie XX, FKA Twigs and Joey Bada$$.
In addition, M3’s repute as a musician cannot be denied due to his preference of using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché.
Artist – Amanda Bloom
Track – Rosetta
Taken from – Album ‘A History of Things to Come’