Reviews of Philip Miller’s recent performance of Paper Music in Carnegie Hall from the world’s top publications have started hitting the net. Excerpts and links below:
On October 27, Paper Music Suite, a witty, poignant, a gently subversive song-and-film cycle by composer Philip Miller and visual artist William Kentridge, made its U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall’s “UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa” festival.
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The Cape Times has featured an article on Philip’s latest performance of Paper Music with long time collaborator William Kentridge at Carnegie Hall, and the personal achievement this performance involves:
It’s also a celebration of many years of collaboration with Kentridge. The pair have been working together since the mid-nineties.
The full article can be found here.
From October 10 until November 4 William Kentridge and Philip Miller’s latest collaboration, Paper Music, a selection of films by Kentridge with music by Miller, will be exhibited at Carnegie Hall in New York. The event was recently featured on The Times 100, the New York Times’ top 100 cultural events happening this seasons and is one not to be missed!
Tickets and further event information are available here.
The exhibition will be part of the UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival:
This capacious festival, organized by Carnegie Hall, sprawls over jazz, classical and indigenous music, including maskandi (known as the “Zulu blues“) and folk music from the country’s Cape region. The concerts include the New York recital debuts of the South African sopranos Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever as well as a musical and theatrical evening conceived by the violinist Daniel Hope and a program of films by the artist William Kentridge, set to music by Philip Miller.
Kentridge’s Refusal of Time, a collaboration with Philip Miller, will be exhibited at the City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand from 5 September until 16 November 2014.
Never before seen in New Zealand, City Gallery is excited to be hosting William Kentridge’s work The Refusal of Time. Combining the magic of theatre, film, sculpture, drawing, music and dance, the thirty-minute five-channel video installation addresses the elusive nature of time, and our political and personal efforts to control or deny it. The Refusal of Time is the South African artist’s most moving and spectacular work to date.
A taste of William Kentridge’s ‘The Refusal of Time’. A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison.
Five-channel video, with sound, 30 min; megaphones and breathing machine (“Elephant”).
More info available here.
Philip Will be teaming up with regular collaborator and friend William Kentridge as well as the Florence Art Music Ensemble (Flame) for a performance of PAPER MUSIC, a video concert, in Italy on the 11th of September. Flame consists of some of Florence’s finest musicians and the ensemble regularly performs alongside artists at the National Museum of the Bargello, their home venue, where the Miller, Kentridge collaboration will be taking place.
The National Museum of the Bargello is an impressive building built for the Captain of the People in the middle of the thirteenth century.
Breathe Dissolve Return
Breathe Dissolve Return, a Kentridge installation of three video projectors with music by Phillip Miller, will also be on display at the National Museum of the Bargello from the 13th until the 21st of September. More info here.
Here is a brief video which documents one of the processes involved in the creation of Kentridge’s ‘paper’ pieces:
Miners Shot Down, the hard-hitting documentary based on the recent South African Marikana strike where 34 miners were killed by the police, with soundtrack by Philip Miller, is screening at the 35th Durban International Film Festival. The documentary, described as “undoubtedly one of the most important and damning documentaries to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa”, will be shown on the 19th of July at 4pm at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, and on the 22nd of July at 6pm at Ekhaya.
If you’re in Durban, don’t miss out on this amazing film and the other incredible offers at the festival. More details here.
A quick synopsis on this must see film directed by Rehad Desai:
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Methodically and soberly, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, chronicling the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government, and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
Philip Miller has won the 2014 Wawela award for Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film for his work on the film Mary & Martha, at the inaugural Wawela Musical Awards. The Wawelas seek to celebrate outstanding talent and work done by SAMRO (Southern African Music Rights Organisation) members on the local and international scene.
The clip below is an emotional scene from Mary & Martha which showcases a small sample of the award-winning soundtrack.
Philip’s latest project, Extracts from the Underground, is currently running at Wits Arts Museum (WAM), from June 5 to 26. Opening hours are from Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm.
Extracts from the Underground is an original South African sound and visual installation which tries to personalise the human experience within the anonymity of the industrial mining sector.
The sound and pictures will be pumped into the streets and people passing WAM will hear the sounds of Miller’s constant collaborator Bham Ntabeni, the vocalist and musician and see the videos of the brilliant Catherine Meyburgh as they’re projected on to the glass windows and walls of the museum. Nearly two years on from the strikes at Marikana’s Lonmin Platinum Mine, South Africans are still trying to process and understand the killing of 34 miners by armed police. The scenes broadcast throughout the mass media bring the horrors of a seemingly concluded past into an increasingly troubled present
To read more about the installation, visit this iol article: “A musical journey down the mineshafts”.
You can see the succeeded project pitch on the ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) website.