Words & Music
David McAlmont and Michael Nyman have teamed up to produce an exquisite album of songs, in which the music from existing Nyman works provides the orchestral melody to McAlmont’s first-person lyrics taken from today’s headlines. The result shows once again how adaptable both artists are.
Performing at the Union Chapel in Islington, London, Nyman’s band powered through some of their most driving pieces in the first half and performed the entire collaboration with McAlmont in the second.
I’ve heard the Nyman pieces live hundreds of times now and they always seem to change subtly. It’s interesting that musicians and composers can do this, whereas writers are constantly required to provide something new all the time, and can never go back without complaint from readers.