b cl, 2 perc, pno, vla, db, singer
duration: 70 minutes
Afrodisiac features an ensemble of seven classical musicians performing alongside two traditional African instruments: the kora (the West African harp-lute) and mbira, (the Zimbabwean ‘thumb piano’
First performed by Sound Affairs at Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen on 14 October 2010
with Rhiannon Llewellyn (soprano), David Jean-Baptiste (bass clarinet), Sacha Johnson (percussion), Jonathan Helm (percussion), Semra Kurutaç (piano), Niamh Ferris (viola), Ashley John Long (double bass), Seckou Keita (kora) and Chartwell Dutiro (mbira)
Afrodisiac is a personal journey and exploration of ritual, love and magic through the cultures of Africa and the African diaspora, combined with film of the magical ‘Imaginative Realism’ paintings of Cuban artist Raul Speek.