9 July Monday, 21:00, Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre
Enchanting, melancholic, and sublime… One of the most important voices of contemporary music, multi-faceted artist Antony Hegarty visits Istanbul for a special project. The festival audience has never forgotten the concert of Antony and the Johnsons, which charmed them in the historical Şan Theatre at the 14th Istanbul Jazz Festival in 2007. This time, the group will meet Istanbulites at the Open Air Theatre for a special performance, “Cut the World”, accompanied with Filarmonia İstanbul, an ensemble of 39 musicians, led by conductor Anthony Weeden.
Antony emerged with his musical ensemble Antony and the Johnsons in 1998. In 2005 Antony and the Johnsons won the UK's Mercury Prize for the album I am a Bird Now. In 2010, The Sun gave Swanlights 5 out of 5 stars and called Antony “one of the greatest living vocalists.” Antony has also collaborated with a wide-ranging group of artists and musicians including Björk, Boy George, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, CocoRosie, and Lou Reed. Antony and the Johnsons’ “Cut the World” includes songs from all four albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston.
Antony Gael Rakotondrabe, piano
Anthony Weeden, conductor
Hakan Şensoy, general director