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Archa Theatre
The Tiger Lillies, Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto: Mountains of Madness

Monday, May 21st 2007, 20:00 | Archa Theatre

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H.P. Lovecraft, born on the 20th of August 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, was hardly known as an author during his lifetime. After his death his reputation as master of the macabre was immortalized and his work is considered a classic of horror-literature.


The artists Danielle de Picciotto, Alexander Hacke (known as the bassist of Einstürzende Neubauten) and the legendary English group The Tiger Lillies have dedicated the production Mountains of Madness to this master.


The London trio The Tiger Lillies is the epitome of Black English humor, the dark shimmering sounds of a Tom Waits and the desires of Brechtian anti-heroes. In the production “Mountains Of Madness” the brilliant falsetto-voice of Martyn Jaques, the singing saw, the accordion as well as the upright bass are entwined by Alexander Hacke´s electronic soundscapes- a new experience for the Tiger Lillies, who have never been accompanied by electronic instruments before. The tales of ancient gods and lost souls are brought to life in a humorous and darkly melancholic fashion.


For the visual part of the show the multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto has created expressive illustrations to HP Lovecraft’s stories - a mixture of old fashioned nostalgia and modern toy-catalogues, combining the traditional with contemporary icons. These illustrations are projected and animated on stage live during the show by Danielle de Picciotto, creating a magical visual web between the electronic and traditional musical instruments – varying with every performance and thus creating a unique experience with every show.

Concert organised in co-operation with 10:15 Management.