Yesterday I listened again to the title track from the film Pervirella, and was struck by the beauty of Tony Moriah's lead vocal.
I wondered what had become of this fantastic singer since I'd had the good fortune to work with him back in 1997. A search on the internet led to YouTube videos of him singing, which began with titles saying 'In Memory of Anthony Moriah'. I could not understand. He was so young. After further searching I learned that Tony had died from liver failure in late 2009.
Today I learned how important it is to keep in touch with people. The rush of life separates us from each other.
Tony Moriah was an extraordinary young singer, with a golden voice. I would have loved to have worked with him again. He was a quiet, shy man and a consummate professional. I'm lost for words.
Rest in peace Tony. You are not forgotten.
A nostalgic Empire interview with Edgar Wright: Once Upon a Time in the West Country appears at the Empire website (11/2015).
Spitfire Audio, the British company who make some of the finest sound sample libraries in the world, are preparing a ‘Bernard Herrmann’ sound collection.
This month, François recorded ondes Martenot samples for these at the late Sir George Martin’s, (now Richard Boote & Paul Woolf's) Air Lyndhurst studios in Hampstead, London.
Keep an eye on Christian Henson and Paul Thomson’s Spitfire Audio website for news of these!
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Hear François Evans perform on ondes Martenot live, with Charles Hazelwood's All Star Collective on Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone show on BBC Radio 6 on Easter Sunday 27/6/16 at 8.00pm!
There's a full online interview with François demonstrating the Ondes Martenot, with Adrian Utley of Portishead and Jarvis Cocker, at the Synthtopia website here:
François Evans's soundtrack music from the films Sudden Fury (1998) and Game Over (2006) will soon be released on CD available only from the LaMP Records online shop here! Keep an eye on this site.
Charles Hazlewood, players from Goldfrapp, Portishead, the British Paraorchestra and Jarvis Cocker played a short but intense concert again of television music by Barry Gray at St George's Church, Bristol as part of 'The Fringe' supported by the BBC Radio 6Music Festival. Close arrangements were by Ian Gardner. François Evans featured on ondes Martenot.
The live BBC recording of this concert may be broadcast on BBC Radio 6.