“Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra” is an energetic orchestral celebration of legendary rock star, composer and founder of The Police, Stewart Copeland, with Grammy Award-winning Cheche Alara at the helm of LA’s Re-Collective Orchestra at Soraya on November 4.
Hailed as “one of the greatest drummers of all time” by “Rolling Stone Magazine”, “The Rhythmatist” Stewart Copeland founded the legendary rock band The Police and is now a prolific and talented composer of opera, ballet and orchestral music. He returns to The Soraya to dominate his drums alongside an orchestral reinvention of The Police hits, including “Roxanne”, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Message in a Bottle”.
“Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra” is a new take on music created by one of the greatest bands of all time, The Police.
He continued, “The ‘disturbances’ were caused by a film I shot in 1978, when the police had just stood up. I bought a Super 8 camera, filmed the whole adventure and cut it into film. (“Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out,” 2013) The scenes in a movie placed strange demands on the music, so I had to cut it to serve the stage. Once I pulled out the scalpel I had another creativity frenzy because I walked into the police record multitracks and found some lost guitar solos, lost harmonies that Sting had made. , experimental melodies, so I cut it all together and got these kind of updated versions of The Police tunes. Some are very true to the original form, but some of them I… disturbed.
“As we all start to return to theaters around the world, it’s a special pleasure to welcome Stewart’s return to The Soraya with the Los Angeles premiere of The Police Deranged for Orchestra,” Thor said. Steingraber, Executive and Artistic Director, “Stewart appears to be part of The Soraya Family having performed their score for the 1925 silent film ‘Ben-Hur’ many years ago, and now with this wonderful recalibration and celebration of great music. by The Police.
“Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra” stars Rusty Anderson on guitar Armand Sabal-Lecco on bass and three vocalists – Ashley Tamar (best known for her work with Prince, Carmel Helene and Amy Keys – with Copeland himself on drums. Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning Cheche Alara conducts the innovative 28-member LA-based Re-Collectif Orchestra. deep albums that are sure to appeal to both casual and devoted fans.
“Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra” follows the 2019 “Light Up the Orchestra Tour,” a high-impact symphonic celebration of highlights from Stewart Copeland’s legendary career in music. “Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged or Orchestra” focuses on the epic rise of Stewart’s musical career spanning more than four decades. With over 60 million records sold worldwide, six Grammy Awards, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, The Police – founded when Copeland recruited Andy Summers and Sting in 1977 – has been a defining force in rock music. for over forty years. .
Thursday November 4 at 8 p.m.
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
18111, rue Nordhoff
Northridge, CA 91330
$ 41 to $ 109
About Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland has spent more than three decades at the forefront of contemporary music as an acclaimed rock star and film composer, as well as in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet and world music and bedroom.
Recruiting Sting and Andy Summers in 1977, Copeland is recognized as the founder of The Police, a group that has become a defining force in rock music from the 1980s to the present day. His career includes selling over 60 million records worldwide and numerous accolades, including five Grammy Awards.
Copeland surpassed the rock stage in the mid-1980s when he returned to his classical roots with creative pursuits in concert and film music. His most recent concert works include “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ” which features Copeland as a soloist in a live orchestral score for the 1925 silent film; “Tyrant’s Crush: Concerto for Trapset and Orchestra” commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, “Poltroons in Paradise” commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; and “Gamelan D’Drum,” commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the world percussion group D’Drum.
In 2017, the Chicago Opera Theater premiered Copeland’s surreal chamber opera “Morel’s Invention”, a co-commission with Long Beach Opera based on the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares. Copeland also wrote two operas based on stories by Edgar Allen Poe: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. “The Sheriff of Luxembourg”, Stewart Copeland’s catchy new work for solo percussion and tape, premiered by Christoph Sietzen in Cologne and toured Europe throughout the 2018/19 season.
Recipient of the Visionary First Prize for Outstanding Music in Film from the Hollywood Film Festival, Grammy nominated for his CD Orchestralli in 2005 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, Copeland has been responsible for some of the most innovative films and world revolutionaries scores. His many film scores include “Wall Street” by Oliver Stone, the soundtrack for the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack to “Rumble Fish” by Francis Ford Coppola and the score for “Four Days in September” by nominee Bruno Barreto. at the Oscars.
About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
The 2021-22 season marks the 10th anniversary of the famous Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) located on the vibrant and diverse campus of California State University, in the heart of Los Angeles’ equally diverse San Fernando Valley. . Under the direction of Executive and Artistic Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues its vigorous commitment to innovate, excel and amplify access by offering a wide variety of performances including new and original works from the Los Angeles area as well as works from around the world. world that appeals to LA’s many distinctive communities.
After enduring a year without live performances, the 2021-22 season will offer a joy-filled reunion with a dynamic schedule of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will make The Soraya the one of Southern California’s top performing arts companies that uplift and inspire audiences.