STEVEN SEVERIN: BLOOD OF A POET
Punk hero-turned-composer Steven Severin comes to Gloucester Guildhall with an avant-garde musical and cinematic treat.
Steven Severin is probably best known for being one of the founding members of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Featuring on all 16 albums and 30 singles as co-lyricist and songwriter, Severin remained with the Banshees in a career that lasted two decades until their demise in the mid-90s. Since then, he has stayed firmly within the arts, working on a variety of solo projects and collaborations, writing for several newspapers and even publishing a collection of erotic poetry called The Twelve Revelations.
Severin started his own record label, RE, through which he released three albums of commissioned music: Visions, a reworking of the soundtrack to Nigel Wingrove’s Visions of Ecstasy; Maldoror, the score to Brazilian theatre troupe Os Satryas’ performance of Lautremonth’s Chants de Maldoror; and The Woman in the Dunes, which provided the accompaniment for Indo-Japanese dancer Shakti’s dance show at he Edinburgh festival in 2000.
In 2003 Severin was asked to provide the entire soundtrack to British independent supernatural thriller London Voodoo. As a result of this he wound down his record label to concentrate exclusively on writing music for film and TV.
Interest in Siouxsie and the Banshees continued, however, and their long-awaited b-side box set Downside Up was released in 2004, with the band’s first four classic albums, The Scream, Join Hands, Kaleidoscope and Juju, being reissued, expanded and re-mastered in 2006. Steven’s 1983 collaboration with Robert Smith as The Glove also received the same treatment.
Severin continued his foray into the world of writing music for film and TV, scoring a six-part documentary for Channel 4 on the history of finance and, in 2006, recording the soundtrack to Paul Burrows’ psychological thriller Nature Morte.
It makes perfect sense then that one of the most innovative forces in alternative music would apply his talent to one of the most innovative forces in cinema. Blood of a Poet, Jean Cocteau’s surrealist 1930 debut, was scandalous in its time. Commissioned by the same person who commissioned Bunuel’s L’Age D’Or, it features a young poet whose drawings instigate strange events, such as a statue coming to life and a mirror leading to a corridor, in a film about the complex relationship between an artist and his creations, reality and the imagination.
Severin will be performing his score live alongside the film, his dark and emotive intelligent electro soundscapes a perfect accompaniment.
Long-time fans of Severin and those that appreciate good, challenging and revolutionary cinema will find many things to rave about here.
Sunday 26th March 2011 // Tickets £10 adv, £12 door // Doors 7.00pm // All ages
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.