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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Joe Machine, Edward Lucie-Smith & Claudio Crismani (2)


More images from the wonderful concert given by Claudio Crismani at St Stephen Walbrook last night. Claudio filled the space with marvellous music, which was a visceral and deeply moving experience for those of us fortunate enough to have been there. All those I spoke after the concert were exhilarated by the passion, skill and majesty of his performance.

Our evening was enhanced by Joe Machine's 'The Life & Legend of St Stephen' exhibition, which can be seen at St Stephen Walbrook until 27th May (weekdays 10.00am - 4.00pm, except Wednesdays 11.00am - 3.00pm). These paintings combine Jewish and Christian iconography in a unique interpretation of the story of the first Christian martyr, who is our Patron Saint. Mysticism, humour, symbolism, narrative and stylized patterning are fused to form these ravishing and reflective icons.

Next Wednesday, as part of our exhibition programme, we have a poetry evening arranged by The London Magazine and featuring Steven O’Brien, Joe Machine and Edward Lucie-Smith (Wednesday 25 May beginning at 7.00pm). Joe Machine and Steven O'Brien have collaborated on a soon to be published book, Britannia Stories, exploring twenty myths commonly associated with the British Isles. They worked closely in examining the origins of all the stories, and on determining the relevance of each to the 21st century, with Machine’s paintings influencing O’Brien’s writings, and vice versa.


Claudio Crismani - Csardas Macabre 2.

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