Metropolis LIVE at Perth Concert Hall

August 31, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Comrie based composer Dmytro Morykit is to perform his Concert/Film Metropolis LIVE at Perth Concert Hall on the Saturday 8th October.  This fabulous event has so far been performed 18 times across the UK, most recently at the Green Man Festival in Wales where it received (another) standing ovation.

A classically trained pianist and composer of orginal music for film, theatre, dance and public performance.  He’s created a unique piece of work to accompany Fritz Lang’s Metropolis which combines work composed over a 30 year period with several new pieces to create an incredible new piano score to complement this iconic film giving the audience a new way of experiencing both music and image.

This modern score has a timeless quality and when played as a live performance, combined with Lang’s classic visuals, makes for a wonderful evening of entertainment. The premiere received a standing ovation to a sell-out audience in London.

A move from Edinburgh to Perthshire transforms life of concert pianist.

Dmytro Morykit was born in Northampton to parents displaced during the Second World War. His father, Ukrainian and his mother Italian, he didn’t speak English when he arrived at school and the trauma of language turned him to music, and in particular the piano as a way of expressing himself. Trying to find his place in the world, he eventually settled in Edinburgh where he brought up  two children and then cared for his elderly parents. He toured Poland with Richard Demarco and worked on many projects with dancers, poets and film makers and one of his compositions, A Place to Be, was recorded as a song by the group Crying Colours which unfortunately broke up soon after when his brother and fiancée, the other musicians, moved to the US.

After 25 years he was still relatively unknown as a musician beyond Edinburgh. Then soon after meeting his partner and now manager, Hazel Cameron, he moved to Comrie in rural Perthshire where he made the decision to concentrate on playing his own music alongside silent films. They worked on a project, Music in Manufacture, and during this, he was shortlisted along with Samuel Spreckley, a video artist from Aberdeen, to create a work to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Open University.

After a performance of Music in Manufacture at Strathearn Artspace, Felicity Snowsill, the manager of the Comrie Film Club, suggested he write a new score for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Dmytro took up the challenge and Hazel put a date in the diary of 8 weeks hence.  Because of the limited time, he decided to look at existing compositions written over the last 30 years. When he put them alongside the film, he was surprised by how well they fitted, only having to arrange them musically to fit the scenes and then he wrote a couple of new pieces.  Since then Metropolis LIVE has been performed eighteen times across the UK with standing ovations in London, Belfast and recently in Wales at the Green Man Festival. With the aid of the internet, his music is now listened to and downloaded across the world with fan mail arriving from Turkey, South America and the US.

When Dmytro lived in Edinburgh, he worked for some years as the resident pianist at the Sheraton Hotel, although not artistically rewarding, it proved to be an excellent grounding the physicality of performance. The two-hour Metropolis show requires great stamina and physical fitness as it includes 29 original pieces with many stylistic variations – all played from memory with no improvisation.

Other recent work has been commissioned by an Austrian production company for a new show which will be licenced worldwide and strangely, it was on hearing A Place to Be, that prompted the Company to contact Dmytro. It seems that after 30 years, this song and Dmytro have both found their place.

Perth Audiences will have a chance to see and hear Metropolis LIVE on 8th October at the Perth Concert Hall. Click here for ticket and booking information.

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Image Credit:  Janice Campbell