In November 2022, Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell will present their acclaimed album Burn live for the first time. All seven shows will take place in Portugal.
Lisa Gerrard began working with Jules Maxwell in 2012 on the Dead Can Dance Anastasis world tour and their writing collaborations have also featured in the work of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and Joachim Witt. The album Burn was produced by James Chapman (who has already been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize) and released by Atlantic Curve in May 2021. It includes seven emotionally resonant compositions that intersect drama, dynamics, lush electronic textures and rhythm in a sumptuous whole.
Lisa Gerrard is an inescapable name on the more challenging side of contemporary music, but also the subject of popular devotion thanks, for example, to her participation in works such as the Gladiator soundtrack: her collaboration with Hans Zimmer earned her a Golden Globe. For his part, Jules Maxwell, who provides the keyboards in Dead Can Dance, has an extensive musical background, composing regularly for theater, including for the Shakespeare Globe Company in London.
“Gerrard’s voice is as powerful and seductively ethereal as it has ever been…. Burn is as essential as anything in Gerrard’s unique songbook,” wrote theMusic.com.au
“We are both delighted to have this opportunity to finally perform Burn’s pieces live,” say Maxwell and Gerrard. “Our goal is to use these performances as a springboard to further explore musical ideas. Rather than merely replicating the album, what excites us is to see where we can take the music in a live setting.” The shows will incorporate the seven stunning films by David Daniels, Jacob Chelkowski and Michal Sosna that were commissioned to accompany the album, and will also include excerpts from Jules Maxwell’s solo ambient albums Nocturnes and Cycles to open the evening.