By Rick Maddocks and The Lost Gospel Ensemble.
February 2, 2011, 8pm
Performance Works, Granville Island
Presented with Theatre Conspiracy
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Four singers swig wine and break bread while anxiously awaiting a late guest of honour. The Meal is a funky and theatrical new song cycle by Rick Maddocks, inspired by the Gnostic Gospels and Bunuel’s film The Exterminating Angel. This premiere performance by The Lost Gospel Ensemble features musicians from a host of local indie bands, including The Beige, Fond of Tigers, and The Nautical Miles.
The Lost Gospel Ensemble is: Lucien Durey (vocals), Sean Fulton (keyboards), Jody Glenham (vocals), Stephen Lyons (drums), Rick Maddocks (composer/vocals), Corbin Murdoch (vocals); Jon Wood (bass/lap steel).
Director Richard Wolfe. Lighting design Jeff Harrison. Maitre’d Sebastian Kroon.
Rick Maddocks (composer/vocals) is the singer and songwriter for The Beige, an atmospheric roots quintet from Vancouver. He wrote and co-produced The Beige’s most recent release, El Ángel Exterminador, a cycle of songs exploring apocalyptic themes. With The Meal, he will dig even deeper into spiritual terrain. The Georgia Straight describes his work as “smart and angry songwriting, given a perverse sheen of beauty,” while Greg Potter of TV Week says, “Rick Maddocks’s lyrics are pure poetry that bend and shape to fit the angular rhythms.” Rick has performed his songs at The Vancouver International Writers Festival, The PuSh Festival and the Vancouver Steel Guitar Festival. He also writes fiction and non-fiction; his collection of linked stories, Sputnik Diner, was published by Knopf Canada/Vintage and his work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies in Canada.