Matthew Kaner is a composer currently living and working in London.
Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes -
Following the sold-out premiere at Cheltenham Festival and praise in the Guardian (4* full review here), this exciting re-imagining of the famous tale has now ended its tour of the country. Created in collaboration with renowned poet Simon Armitage and artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins the work is scored for narrator-singer Adey Grummet and the Goldfield Ensemble, featured alongside live puppets, animation and shadow-puppetry.
"Armitage took his cue from the darkly imaginative illustrations by artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who has now translated those original visions into a puppet show with new music by Matthew Kaner. In this premiere performance at the Cheltenham festival, staged by Goldfield Productions, what appeared at first to be a slight, small-scale affair in the end resonated altogether more deeply." Rian Evans for the Guardian
"Evocative and haunting story-telling by @GFEnsemble in a dark reimagining of #HanselandGretel; hypnotic words from Simon Armitage clothed in deft, transparent score by @mattkaner that conjures everything from nursery-rhymes to sugar-rush and birdsong" Dan Harding on Twitter
If you missed the live tour, you can now stream the video recording here, filmed live at Milton Court, Barbican Centre, in October 2018.
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