Thursday, 31 March 2011
Paul Klee, a Balloon, the Moon, Music and Me - Repeated this Saturday on BBC Radio 3
Ergo Phizmiz's radiophonic art-adventure "Paul Klee, a Balloon, the Moon, Music and Me", first broadcast November 2009, is being repeated on BBC Radio 3 this Saturday 02/04/11 at 9pm GMT, and will be available for a week afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
The 30 minute piece, which features Felix Kubin as Paul Klee, and John Matthias as Klee's violin, received the Special Mention in the composed radio category at the 2010 Prix Italia. It tells of a surprise visit by the artist Paul Klee to Ergo Phizmiz, taking him on an adventure through his world and exploring the relationships between painting and music.
From BBC Radio 3:
"A fantastical encounter with Swiss painter Paul Klee, in an imaginary Klee-world of twittering machines and dream landscapes, singing colour polyphony and scribbling violin. Composer and writer Ergo Phizmiz wanders through Klee's paintings in the company of their creator, evoking their vivid colours and whimsical humour in intricately composed soundscapes. Klee takes Ergo on a hot-air balloon ride which, like a magic carpet, miraculously flies them to Tunisia, the land where he 'became a painter'. Their voyage also passes through paintings of strange gardens, mountain carnivals, and abstract colour gradations, before they finally ascend to the moon, a dream-world populated by lunar monkeys, peculiar birds and trees bulging with seeping paint."
The piece is also being written about in a forthcoming book by Stephen Ellis, about the relationship between Klee's painting and music.