In 2006, 8 years ago, I was asked by my band mate from Edison Woods, Maxim Moston, to join Antony and the Johnsons for their European Tour “Turning“. Little did I know that we would travel with a whole group of people, including a documentary film crew, 13 models that would perform on stage, while we play, and a filming of our concerts at the Barbican in London. It was one of my most exciting inspirational musical experiences ever. The band being so terrific and Antony, blowing my mind as a performer, arranger and musician.
I saw the film 2 years ago in London and was always hoping to see a release on DVD and CD. The music sounded incredibly good in the theatre (or was it the Whiskey’s fault?). A couple of days ago, I saw that the DVD and the audio footage of the concert will be released next month. I’m so proud and happy that I can now share these moments with others.
Here’s a snippet of the concert footage:
TURNING – A concert film documentary captured during the critically acclaimed tour of Europe by Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas during the fall of 2006, it explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony’s songs and Atlas’ unfurling video portraiture of the 13 women who performed on stage, TURNING is an intimate and cinematic journey exploring themes of identity, transcendence, and the revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence.
TURNING saw its theatrical release from fall 2011-summer 2012, premiering at festivals, including Meltdown in London, The Melbourne Festival in Melbourne, DOC NYC in New York and CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, amongst others. Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade will now co-release a deluxe edition of the TURNING dvd to coincide with select tv screenings around the world. This will include a cd of the complete audio recording of the TURNING concert, live at The Barbican in London in November 2006. The concert contains songs from the first three Antony and the Johnsons’ full length albums – Antony and the Johnsons, I Am A Bird Now, and The Crying Light, as performed by an ensemble of musicians including Maxim Moston, Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Parker Kindred, Jeff Langston and Thomas Bartlett. The cd will also feature two rare Antony and the Johnsons studio recordings from that period.
TURNING is available on DVD+CD and digitally on November 11th in North America via Secretly Canadian and November 10th in the UK and Europe on Rough Trade. Pre-order is available at the following outlets: