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Re-imagining The Odyssey
The Odysseus Live Team
Luka Lesson (born Luke Haralampou) is a spoken word and music artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Luka’s debut book, “The Future Ancients” is now a best-seller for poetry in Australia twice-over and a part of educational programs from Hong Kong to Melbourne.
Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The National Gallery of Victoria, Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group Active Member, South Africa’s OneBlood Festival and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Poetry Slam Champion of 2010.
Jordan Thomas Mitchell
Jordan Thomas Mitchell is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, based somewhere between China & America. His range of creative output features music composition and production, film and photography, writing, performance and drama.
The focus of Jordan’s work reorders default-narrative conventions, demonstrating alternative ways to construct meaning that are at once present and communicative.
James Humberstone’s output is influenced by his research background in experimental music, and his interest in composing for children and community ensembles. Born in London, Humberstone migrated to Australia in 1997 after completing a degree in composition at the University of Exeter.
After many residencies and a prolific decade of creative works, in 2013 Humberstone completed his PhD and was appointed Lecturer in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Today he works in the fields of composition, music education and technology research, as well as experimental music.
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Claudia is a visual and performing artist working primarily within the mediums of video and dance. With over ten years experience in the visual arts industry, Claudia is widely recognized as one of Australia’s most dynamic multidimensional artists.
Claudia’s work as a creative videographer has led her to producing, writing, shooting, directing and editing music videos for a wide range of Australian musicians, including numerous collaborative works with well known artists such as Diafrix, Sietta, 360, Mantra, Gossling and Blue King Brown.
Claudia has been commissioned to create video pieces for a number of not-for-profit organizations including World Vision Vanuatu and Multicultural Arts Victoria.
The team behind Odysseus Live are re-imagining a classic.
Odysseus Live takes the Ancient Greek text of Homer's 'The Odyssey' and breaths fresh new meaning into words that were first composed and recited almost 3,000 years ago.
As a collaboration between rap artist and poet Luka Lesson, video artist Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, music producer Jordan Thomas Mitchell (USA) and Sydney Conservatorium of Music composer James Humberstone, the Odyssey Live project will turn a text of ancient poetry into a show of rap verses, spoken word, orchestral and electronic music and accompanying visuals.
The world today is experiencing great flux, we have arrived at an era of horrific disparity and displacement on a scale never before seen. The journey of Odysseus with his tumultuous ocean voyage almost exactly mimics that of Syrian refugees arriving today on Greek islands to escape war. The battles humans face on a daily basis are equal to the Cyclopes and Sirens of the original story we've always thought was a fairy-tale of epic proportions, but is now dwarfed under the realities of current human struggles and tales of survival.
Sonically, the historical growth of Jazz, Blues and eventually Hip-hop from the United States to every corner of the Earth, has meant that a resurgence in rhyming, writing and telling one's own story to large crowds (just as the Ancient Greeks did) has found a new home in the culture of rap and spoken word, (re)birthed by African-American culture and a direct need for story-telling in order to survive oppression. We at Odysseus Live respect and gain much inspiration from this lineage of story-tellers, street artists and music makers as much as we do from The Odyssey itself. We recognise that The Odyssey is now a global story of displacement full of localised experiences.
With support from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, students will volunteer to form the orchestral base of the compositions, while Luka Lesson with his Greek family heritage will guide the project and write a libretto to be scored in collaboration between Jordan Thomas Mitchell and James Humberstone. This piece will then travel internationally, with orchestras worldwide able to pick up the sheet music and play alongside a touring core group of artists.
These are big themes and even bigger dreams to hold in one piece of grand art, but we're hoping you can help us make it there.
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