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Composed by
Leo Geyer
cello, clarinet, mezzo-soprano (voice), piano, violin
With electronics
Music and...
Work premiered
July 2015
Venue of the premiere
United Kingdom
70 minutes

Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show, with the Ringmaster (conductor) presenting acts which quickly spiral out of control to hilarious effect. The music, which is provided by an ensemble of clowns, explores the boundaries between jazz and contemporary classical music, employing extended jazz harmony, limping grooves and wild improvisation. Some acts are sung whilst others are danced, warping the fundamentals of classical ballet technique to bring the freakish characters to life.

contemporary opera
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