Efthimis Filippou provides the text and Panagiotis Melidis (Larry Gus) the music for this portrayal of the final days in the life of a man aged around 65 – a man called George. This is released via FourFour Records.
Efthimis Filippou shared this about it: “A science fiction monologue with musical interludes. It’s a work about the nature and causes and aesthetics of a beastly, deadly disease”.
Panagiotis Melidis (Larry Gus) shared this: “It’s a spy story, only here, the murderer is inside you. It’s an exercise in self-assault that includes a survival guide, what to do when your own self, your various possible variants, attack you en masse, like a George to the power of sixty.”
“George” is a record born out of a conversation Efthimis and Panagiotis had in December 2018. Panagiotis handed Efthimis a hard drive filled with original music. Efthimis then wrote the text in November 2019. Among the first musical ideas was a piece titled “Super Soft Guitar” but the music, in its original form, would be abandoned and re-written from scratch during the first half of 2020. The work’s title changed many times. The only song to feature on the record was written specially for the Corfu Men’s Choir.
A surreal spell of a work, that is also a spoken-word narration punctuated by musical interludes, is premiering two ways: on the Main Stage at Onassis Stegi – with Angeliki Papoulia as the narrator – for one night only, and as a collector’s edition vinyl – featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw – for ever.
Ben Whishaw recorded his narration in London. Whishaw rose to fame thanks to his unforgettable performance in the film adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s novel “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” (2006). He was also among the leads in “The Lobster” (2015), the award-winning film by Yorgos Lanthimos co-written by Efthimis Filippou
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