THE AIR THAT DREW AWAY: Michael L. Roberts reads Dylan Thomas - AVAILABLE NOW!

Beautiful People!

A very happy #FunFriday to you all!

It is with great pleasure (and no small measure of relief) that I am finally able to announce the arrival, in major digital stores, of my brand new record of Dylan Thomas poem recitations:

THE AIR THAT DREW AWAY

You can check it out via the links below. Enormous gratitude to all who came to the record-preview night at the London Poetry Society two weeks ago, with special mention to Mark Rose - who recorded me at his Rokit Studios, to Dylan Thomas’s granddaughter - Hannah Ellis, to Clare Israel at David Higham Associates, and all at the Dylan Thomas Trust - for their permission and assistance in bringing this record about.

Finally a thank you to the brilliant Dexter Fletcher - who, with unending warmth, wit and humour on-set, inspired the seeds of this project.

Michael x


Rocketman. Recitation. Representation!

Dear Beautiful People,

Time for an adjective-filled update - after a non-stop incredible year of developments…

For the best part of said-year, I’ve had the unbridled joy of working with the preposterously talented Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Jamie Bell, Dame Harriet Walter, and many more, under the direction of the phenomenal Dexter Fletcher, and the musical supervision of the legendary Giles Martin - on the forthcoming ‘true fantasy’ Elton John biopic - ‘Rocketman’ - from Paramount Pictures.

During pre-production and principal photography, I also contributed to the soundtrack as pianist and backing vocalist, and provided on-set piano guides/recordings throughout.

The film drops on May 31st, and you can hear a little of my playing near the start of the official trailer,

as Elton works out ‘Your Song’ …

This last year has also caused a happy return to acting…

In line with several future projects I am producing, I have recently seen fit, as a man of Wales, to record a personal set of Dylan Thomas poems, for digital release, inspired by conversations with Dexter Fletcher, Dylan’s own readings, and the readings of Richard Burton.

Having completed the record this week, at long-time noise-collaborator Mark Rose’s sublimely bespoke studio (unique and perfect poetry-delivery-booth pictured below)

You are cordially invited to join me at the record launch of

‘The Air That Drew Away’

Wednesday 1st May, 2019 - 7-8pm

London Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

for an intimate, storied hour of recitations

that will dramatically portray the contrast, conflict, comedy and conviction 

at the oft-neglected emotional core of Dylan’s work.

More information re: tickets / digital release etc. will be made available shortly.

Lastly, and most assuredly the very furthest from least,

I am delighted to announce that I am now globally represented by the fine folk at

Air-Edel Associates

in all such creative endeavours hereon.

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Much more to come on that, indeed, all of the above, and more, in the coming months…

It’s good to be back!

Onward,

MLR

LISTEN: 'The Tortured Skies' - Brand New Records Available Now On Bandcamp!

Commercially available for the first time, 'The Tortured Skies' records feature the affected stylings of my spaghetti-western-tex-mex-surf-americana alter-ego, from the obscurely-produced to the sublime ...

While having personally made all the noises heard on debut album 'Storm In The South', I'm delighted to have been joined by the face-melting axeman that is Mr. Chris Montague for both the 'Border Ballads' record, and the instrumental surf single - 'Free Man's Burden'.

Click HERE to view the full discography, check out the tracks and, if feeling generous, to part with some supportive pennies!

More tracks/special guests to hit soon...

Noisily yours, with gratitude,

Michael L. Roberts

WATCH: Line In The Sand at The Forge, Camden - Harding/Roberts/Rose

Here's another rarity from the archive...

Charlotte Harding, Mark Rose, and myself have fun with the debut performance of Charlotte's Nashville-inspired song - 'Line In The Sand' - as part of the 'Pangea New Music Series' at The Forge in Camden, 2013...

Charlotte and I set up the series to celebrate all those incredible musicians and new bands around us in need of performance/live recording opportunities at the time, including 'Toy Rokit' and Kate Simko's 'London Electronic Orchestra'.

Noisily yours,

MLR

WATCH: Record Launch at St. Martin-in-the-Fields - The Last Corridor

Beautiful People,

Here's the opening piece from my original art-song cycle for soprano and piano, The Avocatus Suite: Part 1, in concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields...

Featuring soprano Elisabeth Toye, this event in 2010 was both our record launch, and the Suite's premiere performance.

'The Last Corridor' is an improvised overture, based on the themes that feature throughout the rest of the work.

You can hear and buy the full record HERE and the book of the Suite is also now available from the same store!

Noisily yours,

MLR

WATCH: Reunion Boogie (Four Hands) with Brian Jobson

I first saw Brian Jobson play when I was five years old, on a family holiday to Tenby.

I'd been playing piano for a year at that point, and couldn't believe what I was seeing...

We went back as a family over the next 12 years and, each time, he'd give me a year's worth of music books and sheets to practise - classical, jazz, blues, boogie and more...

In 2014, we returned to Tenby to surprise him.

We hadn't seen each other for 11 years, and this is an excerpt from our first, long overdue, 'Reunion Boogie' that day!

WATCH: Improvisation on Horowitz's Sonatina

Beautiful People,

I was recently in the presence of a brand new Steinway Grand, upon which lay an abandoned copy of Joseph Horowitz's 'Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano'

Having met Mr. Horowitz on several occasions, and had some of my operatic compositions featured alongside his in concert, I couldn't resist having a look, getting the iPhone out, and recording an improvisation over the melody/changes of the work

Here's the result - hope you enjoy! ...

WATCH: BBC Radio 2 film of The Unpublished Cole Porter - I Know It's Not Meant For Me

Hello Folks,

A recent reinvigoration of an old email account led to my rediscovering this footage from my first BBC Radio 2 broadcast, in August 2009...

With the help of my then-manager Graham Pass, we enticed Russell Davies to the palace of performing arts that was London's 'Pizza On The Park', to hear my first quintet gig.

At the end of the first set that night, I sat at the piano to perform this rare gem of a song, originally a song-and-dance number, which had been dropped from the 1939 MGM production 'Rosalie'.

I'd found it in a bookshop in Brecon, South Wales some months before, and that night Russell asked if I'd do it on his radio show, for a Cole Porter-focused special.

A couple of years later, I performed it at a Cole Porter themed evening at The Royal Albert Hall, and now both studio and live recordings are available for the first time, with the kind permission of Warner / Chappell UK / US, from THE MLR STORE

Noisily yours,

Michael L. Roberts