Exploring Monk’s elusive mindscape
This article is from 2008.
The often chaotic, always creative and ultimately silent life and times of one of the greatest of all modern jazz giants, pianist Thelonious Monk, is celebrated in this amalgam of music, theatre and video projection from the London-based Theatralia company. The show sold out in its inaugural run at the Riverside Theatre in London last year and boasts several highly regarded British jazz musicians in its cast, including trumpeter Byron Wallen and singers Cleveland Watkiss and Filomena Campus, the founder of Theatralia.
The show is subtitled ‘A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk’ and is taken from the enigmatic pianist’s final seven years as a recluse. With text by Italian writer Stefano Benni as well as music and images, it explores Monk’s inner mindscape and reflects upon his experiences, notably in the repressive McCarthy era.
Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, 14 Aug, 10pm, £12 (£10); 15–17 Aug, 10pm, £5 (£12).