Kate multi-tracked most of the roles in the television opera Good Friday 1663 (with libretto by Helen Simpson), now released on a CD as part of Jazzprint's Westbrook Music Theatre series. Kate sings in several European languages, especially Italian, French and German. She was guest soloist in a series of performances in the Christus Pavillon at the Expo 2000, Hannover, in a work by composer Heribert Leuchter, KlangWeltReligion. In 2002 she collaborated with Heribert on a music-theatre piece, Reich durch Arm, commissioned by WDR, and premiered in Aachen. Kate makes a guest appearence on Leuchter's new Trio album RESET. Kate Westbrook's work as a lyricist has encompassed everything from cabaret songs to opera.
She wrote book and lyrics for the music theatre piece Platterback, performed by Westbrook & Company and the Westbrook Trio's 20th anniversary album L'ascenseur / The Lift (both on Jazzprint). Also for the current Westbrook project ART WOLF, based on the life and work of the Alpine painter Caspar Wolf (1735 - 83) released on the Swiss label altrisuoni, and THE WAXEYWORK SHOW for the newly formed Mike Westbrook Village Band - (more information about The Village Band on Mike Westbrook's site). Kate wrote texts for Chanson Irresponsable (Enja Records), one of many collaborations with Mike Westbrook, which include settings of European poetry, as in such concert works as The Cortege and London Bridge is Broken Down. She wrote the libretto for their opera Jago, and the recent Turner in Uri, a celebration of the painter JMW Turner's travels in the Alps, commissioned by the 2003 Alpentoene Festival. The Westbrooks' one-woman opera CAPE GLOSS, Mathilda's Story, for soprano Marie Vassilliou, comissioned by NOC, will be premiered in Plymouth in February 2007. In her recording project Cuff Clout, (Voiceprint) a neoteric music-hall, performed by her group The Skirmishers, Kate's lyrics are set by eight composers from the worlds of pop, rock, jazz and classical music.
On her solo album Goodbye Peter Lorre (also Voiceprint) she is accompanied by pianists John Alley and Mike Westbrook and the vocal group Fine Trash. Other albums include Music For Other Occasions with Lindsay Cooper and the Duo album, Love Or Infatuation with Mike Westbrook, based on the Hollywood Songs of Frederich Hollaender. On Her latest album for Voiceprint The Nijinska Chamber a celebration of the life and work of the dancer and choreographer Bronislava Nijinska , with music by Mike Westbrook, Kate is joined by accordionist Karen Street. Kate Westbrook is currently performing ART WOLF in a quartet with Mike Westbrook and saxophonists Chris Biscoe and Pete Whyman. REF: http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/katewestbrook/kate_bio.shtml Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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