Scorchio Electric String Quartet with David Bowie at the 2002 Tibet House
Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. Picture courtesy of marthamooke.com.
Who to dance with on a Sunday night...
The very lovely
On January 12, 2003 @ 7PM, please join us at a showcase of
Music by Mooke, Hudson, Crumb, Gibbons, Piazzola, Carrillo, Okura and the World Premiere of Tony Visconti's "Heroes Variations" based upon the David Bowie song. $10 for General Admission. Reservations accepted by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha poses with an admirer at the 2001 Tibet House Benefit
Concert at Carnegie Hall. Picture courtesy of marthamooke.com.
I asked Tony about the piece, "Heroes Variations".... here's what he had to say:
I wrote the Heroes Variations at the behest of Martha Mooke, the leader of the Scorchio Quartet, to commemorate the first time that they and David played together, at Carnegie Hall two years ago, for the Tibet House Concert. Originally, I wrote a simple arrangement to emulate the original recording, having the strings play Fripp's guitar parts and David's and my backing vocals.
I realized that those string parts alone would not be interesting enough for the Scorchio quartet concert, because there would be no Sterling Campbell on drums, Moby on guitar and me on bass; oh yeah, the lead singer, Dave, wouldn't be available either. So I wrote a modern six minute piece that develops all the little bits of "Heroes," with a tip of the hat to Philip Glass, who brought us all together.
Tony and Martha yesterday. Picture courtesy of marthamooke.com.
Tony will be in the audience tomorrow ("biting my nails"), so please do get along and show your support if you possibly can. You can track down bigger versions and more images of DB and Martha by clicking on the images above, which (apart from the one directly above) I think may have been taken by TV himself? While we're on the subject of