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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Damon Albarn Scores Chinese Circus

While not forming new bands, recording, or performing, Damon Albarn, of Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, The Bad And The Queen, enjoys traveling... so that even while not performing or recording with any of his bands, he can still work.

Most recently, he spent several weeks in China working with local musicians on the score for a new theater production of Monkey: Journey to the West, to be directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. Monkey is adapted from a classic Chinese novel. The play is to be a circus.

Albarn's Gorillaz bandmate, Jamie Hewlett, will design the stage set. In May, he was named Designer Of The Year by the Design Museum and given a £25,000 award for his work with Gorillaz.

The play will open in Manchester before heading to Paris, and then Berlin. Shaolin monks and Peking Opera singers will participate in the production.

Damon Albarn with Michael Nyman - London Pride (available on Twentieth Century Blues: The Songs Of Noël Coward)


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