whisper of the muse

Melodies in Art

Performance in Synaesthesia

The concept of synaesthesia is the inspiration for a series of Art & the City performances with a multi-sensory approach to art. Talented musicians and art historians fill the virtual stage of private homes, literary salons, or the setting of a small theatre with the sights and sounds of an atmospheric nuptial between art and music. Whether it is the sophisticated world of Gainsborough and Hayden, the modern magic of Magritte and Poulenc or the nocturnal harmonies of Böcklin and Debussy this will be an evening of culture and entertainment, a chance to see, hear and experience the melody that is art.
It was the Victorian polymath Francis Galton (1880) who first reported the condition called Synaesthesia. He noticed that a certain number of people in the general population, who were otherwise completely “normal”, seemed to have a certain peculiarity: they experienced sensations in multiple modalities.For example, musical notes might evoke distinct colours… and colours might in turn be experienced as sounds and rhythms. With a little bit of imagination, we are all capable of “seeing” the harmonies of a piece of music and “listening” to the tonalities of a painting.


Every aria “con gusto”

Air is often symbolically associated with imagination; the breath of life. This element is also connected to purity and spirituality, filling us with an oxygen of the soul. In Jungian philosophy, air is associated with the human function of thought. It represents the seed of an idea before it has even taken shape. Air is also a restless element, moving freely and carrying all others with it. Other characteristics of air have blown in during the course of our experimentation, others yet may be discovered by you… The melodious elegance of Botticelli, the magic surrealism of Magritte, the diaphanous dance of Lois Fuller or the joyous and fragile mobiles of Calder…” all is a flutter in the most volatile and creative of elements.

Music from the repertoire of Georg Friedrich Händel, Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Manuel de Falla, Francesco Durante, Ernest Amédée Chausson, Poulenc and many more.


Nocturnal Reveries in Art and Music

The night is the silvery leitmotif of this original evening designed to inspire and entertain, to titillate the senses and awaken the intellect.

Enjoy an evening drink at a location of your choice whilst art historians and musicians fill the virtual stage with images and melodies.

Artists as diverse as Michelangelo, Guercino, Magritte, Bocklin, Lorenzo Lotto, Whistler, Van Gogh, Brassai and more will provide us with nocturnal landscapes, myths and atmospheres to narrate and enjoy. Live musical interludes from Shubert to Gershwin will flirt with the artistic images and enrich the experience of this very original event.


With this performance you shall feast your eyes on the Grand Manner of late18th century British painting and enjoy the music of a live baroque ensemble!

The country’s artists and intellectuals are torn between a blossoming nationalism of the arts and an inherited fascination for the Old Italian masters. The debate amongst painters is brilliantly represented by Reynolds’s Grand Manner portraiture and the more restrained melodic sensibility of his illustrious rival Thomas Gainsborough.
The city of London is the thriving European capital of music, a haven to many talented foreign musicians and the birthplace of the first public concerts in history. The constant devotion to Purcell, the Italian style, the rebirth of antique music and the new gallant trend introduced by J. Hayden, J. C. Bach and C.S. Abel are the refined ingredients of this beautiful era in European culture.
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