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Learn more about the featured composers for our July 18 performance, Beyond This World at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.
CAI will perform the United States Premiere of Kristopher Fulton's multi-movement work, The Twilight Cities, in Saturday's Beyond This World concert. Based on the Belgian comic book series, Les Cités Obscures, the composer utilized the imagery of François Schuiten and the poetry of Georges Rodenbach to inspire his composition. Schuiten was the artist for the series of graphic novels, and created stunning imaginary cities in a style reminiscent of art deco and inspired by art, science, and architects (coming from a long family lineage of them) and the idea that architecture was a driving force in society.
"The stories themselves were just as strange... and just as beautiful," said Fulton of his early impressions of the novels. "But what of the text? What could possibly hold up to such a high concept with such elaborate imagery? Enter Georges Rodenbach, a 19th century Belgian Symbolist poet with a passion for architecture." Each of the five movements uses a different Rodenbach poem, each evoking the essence of a different graphic novel from the series originally translated into English as The Cities of the Fantastic. From the first movement, the text reads,
Between the towers, like the incense full of dreams
That will linger in the naves after the most solemn Mass;
And it sleeps like a linen spread out on the ramparts.
It unfolds and folds back on itself again, like a wing without end;
and turns slightly toward divine,
And beneath this pallid brushing, all is lost.
Kristopher Fulton is a Canadian composer who studied both composition and design. He feels a deep level of emotion when writing his music and is often heavily influenced by pop culture. Fulton has received international acclaim for his concert commissions as well as his music for film, including films produced in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and two films he scored were official selections for the Cannes Film Festival. He has also collaborated in the field of modern dance and is featured regularly in the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Fulton is currently the composer in residence for the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
Lorraine Joy Welling