Dunedin Fringe Festival

Drink Violin

Musicals

Drink Violin

Venue 50Dundas
50 Dundas Street, Dunedin
Times Tue 14 Mar 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Wed 15 Mar 7:30pm - 8:15pm
All Ages
PriceKoha and $3 Koha ticket

Solo show by Chris Prosser which explores the interface of violin and voice: singing whilst playing violin. He explains: ‘I was never totally happy just playing the violin. Something was missing. Now I know what it is: I want to sing and act at the same time. I like to drink the violin whilst playing it, become intoxicated, and vocalise with it — sometimes in English and other times in a spontaneous made-up nonsense tongue, to enhance the mood of the song. Now I perform at the interface of violin and voice.’ These songs make for an unusual form of music theatre, presented as stand-up with chat. The show is both stand-up comedy and stand-up serious. Both entertainment and art. The aim is that the audience will become emotionally involved by entering a highly individualistic imaginary world. To give a flavour of what is on offer, here are some of the song titles: ‘The Nobody Inn’, ‘The Bun Shop Song’, ‘Chords are Very Strange Things’, ‘Philosophy Song: Discussion Between a Dog, a Goat, and a Shepherd’, ‘Ya Glottal’, ‘Gypsy Waltz Offset’, and ‘Two Page Epic’. In 2009 Chris Prosser returned to Wellington after living and working as a musician in London. He has appeared in many recent Fringe Festival theatre and music shows as a way to reinvigorate the creative spirit. Well known in NZ and UK as a violinist-composer, Chris has performed with bands and solo since the 1970s. He has also recorded 12 CDs, reviewed in the international press and broadcast on BBC and RadioNZ. For more background information see profiles on the SOUNZ (Centre for NZ Music) website. http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/performer/1396 http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1161 Quotes from critics’ reviews of previous performances: ‘Mr Prosser showed an astonishing talent for feverish improvisation.’ — Edwin Carr, Taupo Times ‘Folksy, dance-like movements and complex metres that produce a tumbling effect… often haunting.’ — Andy Hamilton, The Wire, London ‘A fine violinist who produces some lovely sounds.” — John Mayer, Musician Magazine UK ‘He never missed a note or beat during the song despite breaking a string and then spearing the studio bar spotlight with his violin bow.” — Bill Blades, Wellington Evening Post

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