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Rome announced as the second city for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains - Rome, Italy from January 2018The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the critically acclaimed major retrospective of the band which recently finished at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, has now confirmed its next location on its tour.

The announcement, via a press conference with Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason, was that it will be opening at Rome's Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) on 19th January 2018. Apart from a Rome-exclusive video, the organisers also note that there will be new exhibits added exploring Pink Floyd's relationship with Italy. This exhibition will be the first to take place at the museum under its new management, Palaexpo.

Following its highly-successful debut at London's Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this year, which saw over 400,000 people tear down the wall, the exhibition moves to Rome as its first international destination on the global landscape. The exhibition continues the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd's remaining members and is produced and promoted globally by Michael Cohl of Concert Productions International B.V. The Rome exhibition is produced in association with MondoMostre and Live Nation. Tickets are on sale today via Vivaticket.it, all Vivaticket outlet locations and by phone on +39.041.2719035.

The exhibition’s phenomenally successful and mammoth run at the V&A, described by national British newspapers as "stunning", "a real feast for the senses" and "almost as good as seeing the band live", was the most successful exhibition of its kind. The run at Rome's MACRO will be a continuation of this vast success. MACRO is located less than 1km from The Piper Club, which played host to Pink Floyd's first shows in Italy in April 1968.

As before, the flow of the exhibition, in chronological order, is enhanced throughout by music and the voices of past and present members of Pink Floyd, including Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour, talking about their musical experiences through their experiences and musical experimentation via sound specialist Sennheiser's intuitive GuidePORT system. This culminates in the Performance Zone, where visitors enter an immersive audio-visual space, which includes the recreation of the very last performance of all four members of the band at Live 8 in 2005 with Comfortably Numb, specially mixed using Sennheiser's ground-breaking AMBEO 3D audio technology, as well as a Rome-exclusive video of One Of These Days, taken from the band's iconic live performance in Pompeii.

Admission is priced from €18 for adults, with concessions available. Advance booking is VERY strongly advised; certain sessions for the London staging quickly sold out. We'd also advise you to book sessions that start no later than lunchtime if you really want to take your time over the exhibition - we had many reports of people spending five or more hours absorbing all the detail in London! 


 
Pink Floyd Classical Concept - UK Premiere Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 November 2017
AyseDeniz Gokcin - St James's Sussex Gardens, November 2017

On Thursday, AyseDeniz Gokcin, the Turkish pianist/composer/arranger AyseDeniz Gokcin, who combines classical music with other genres, particularly rock music, was in London for the UK Premiere of her Pink Floyd Classical Concept.

Held in the church of St James's Sussex Gardens, the evening made for a wonderful 'concert with a difference' for the packed pews - either for classical music enthusiasts, possibly exposed to the music of Pink Floyd for the first time, or for Floyd fans, enjoying some dramatically different interpretations to what they may be used to.

When AyseDeniz released the Pink Floyd Classical Concept album back in 2013, she gave us some background to the project. "This album initially started with my arrangements of three Pink Floyd songs, written in the form of a fantasia (Pink Floyd 'Lisztified': Fantasia Quasi Sonata) to celebrate Franz Liszt's 200th anniversary. Unlike other 'covers', my arrangements evolved out of the original songs and took their own shape, making the project an 'osmosis' of Pink Floyd's and Liszt's music.

"While these three songs were the seeds of this concept album, the new arrangements have developed quite differently. They are a further departure from the "Pink Floyd 'Lisztified': Fantasia Quasi Sonata" in the sense that they are more daring and experimental. The main driving force behind these arrangements was Liszt’s vision of viewing the piano as an orchestra, which tempted me to explore different sounds, to imitate rock instruments and to create new harmonies by manipulating the existing ones."

The performance certainly included some elements that would have taken the more classically minded by surprise - AyseDeniz would at times reach into the grand piano to pluck strings, or create unusual effects by using, say, a broken record or wooden spoon! It all added up to a hugely successful performance, in a wonderfully atmospheric venue - the high ceilings, pillars and pews all gave the music a resonance and mood to make for a memorable evening.

The set consisted of Welcome To The Machine; Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun; Pink Floyd ‘Lisztified’: Fantasia Quasi Sonata: Hey You / Wish You Were Here / Another Brick In The Wall; Us and Them; Comfortably Numb; On The Turning Away / Chopin; Shine On You Crazy Diamond and High Hopes, with an encore just as diverse, of Linkin Park's In the End and Mozart's Turkish March arranged by Volodos. Liszt, the Floyd, Linkin Park and Mozart... it was that sort of evening!

Hopefully there are plans in the works to bring this to other venues, and as/when this happens, we will let you know.

 
Pink Floyd: I Was There - fan contributed book out now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 26 November 2017
Pink Floyd: I Was There - book by Richard Houghton/Neil Cossar

Back in June, music writer Richard Houghton got in touch while he was researching a book about Pink Floyd. He asked for fans who saw them perform live in the late 1960s and early 1970s to get in touch with their memories.

Brain Damage visitors did did get in touch with Houghton, who has also written 'people's histories' of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who, and the resulting book, "Pink Floyd: I Was There" by Neil Cossar and Richard Houghton has just been published (earlier than expected).

Houghton said at the time: "I'm interested in capturing people's memories for posterity and hopefully telling the band's story in a slightly different way via first hand account of their earliest shows."

we're looking forward to seeing the book soon, and our review of the book should be here shortly. Houghton's recently published The Who: I Was There shows the concept, and it is an interesting one. Organised chronologically, "Pink Floyd: I Was There" will have recollections from those who attended the shows - some just a couple of lines, others providing much more lengthy trips down memory lane. The book will be peppered with black and white pictures - ticket scans, photos of the band in action, posters, and suchlike. With over 400 contributors, there should be a wide variety of memories and experiences, and should make for an interesting read.

To order a copy of this book, please use these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using our Amazon links also helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!

 
Nick Mason interview for Classic Album Sundays - video Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 25 November 2017

Back on September 30th, Classic Album Sundays' founder and BBC radio broadcaster Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy was joined by three different guests for three listening sessions at London's V&A: British progressive rock band Anathema (for WYWH), ambient dub and house pioneers The Orb (DSOTM) and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (DSOTM). They were there to discuss the featured album and Pink Floyd's influence and ongoing legacy.

After the interviews, Floyd fans sat back and experienced the featured album, in its entirety, via a 5.1 surround sound experience by Sennheiser.

For all of us who missed out on these events, the great news is that they were filmed, and here's Nick Mason's session:

 
Second night in Paris for Roger Waters in 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 November 2017

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour 2018An additional date has been announced for the Roger Waters 2018 Australian/New Zealand/European Us + Them tour, with tickets going on sale next week.

Here is the newly announced date:

Dedicated pages for each newly announced show on the tour are now live, joining the show pages already shown in the 2018 Roger Waters tour area. If any further dates on the Australian/New Zealand/European tour is announced, a page for each concert will be in place: the location to find out information on each show, and to see, once the concert has taken place, pictures, video and commentary.

 
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