Last Wane Days is one manifestation of Neil Luck’s Notebook project, setting the texts of the avant-garde American playwright and director, Richard Foreman.
This two-act monodrama for voice, strings, piano, and guitar has been composed in collaboration with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, and is performed by the avant-garde string ensemble ARCO.
Cast half in the form of a dislocated language tape, half as a subverted pop album, Last Wane Days is a pile-up of lush orchestrations, radio jingles, noise, sumptuous vocals, MIDI sounds, dream sequences, and deformed rock guitar solos. A head-on collision of the sublime and the ridiculous.
Act 1: That swoon feverous seven of the throne
Act 2: The last smoke was Romanesque, before your hopes were flung
Fiona Bevan: Voice
Ruta Vitkauskaite: Violin
Benedict Taylor: Viola
Richard Thomas: Cello
Sam Rice: Double Bass
Adam de la Cour: Guitar
Satoko Doi: Piano
Neil Luck: Percussion, voice
Composed and arranged by Neil Luck.
Swoon on the Throne of Moans, and The Last Days of Decadence composed by Fiona Bevan.
Most of the texts used in the recording are rearranged fragments from the notebooks of Richard Foreman
The Last Days of Decadence lyrics by Fiona Bevan. Swoon on the Throne of Moans lyrics by Richard Foreman, Fiona Bevan, and Gérard de Nerval
Recorded by Oli Whitworth and Richard Thomas
Mixed and edited by Oli Whitworth
Produced by Oli Whitworth, Neil Luck, Fiona Bevan
Cover artwork by Ayşegül Wilde
The support of the THE BLISS TRUST and the PRSF are gratefully acknowledged.
ARCO! The Greatest Hits is a 30 minute live show cast in the form of a radio broadcast. Featuring contriubtions from Neil Luck, Adam de la Cour, Matthew Lee Knowles, Fiona Bevan, and Richard Thomas, the work veers wildy between, gregorian chant, disney impersonations, bird song, (semi) pro-wrestling and indepth 'interviews'.
This recording is of a live performance given at the Trade Union Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Music by Neil Luck, Matthew Lee Knowles and adam de la Cour is performed by ARCO plus special guests.
1. Intro/This is the Shit that Killed Elvis (Matthew Lee Knowles)
2. Field Recordings (Neil Luck)
3. Intermission I
4. Questions I (MLK)
5. Baby You and Me Girl (Adam de la Cour)
6. Intermission II
7. Jazz (AdlC)
8. Intermission III
9. Rumpus Room (NL)/Questions II (MLK)
10. Daddy (AdlC)/Outro
Released 09 October 2010
Performers from ARCO collective:
Neil Luck: Director/Bird Calls/Voice
Adam de la Cour: Guitar/Voice
Richard Thomas: Cello/Voice
Sam Rice: Double Bass/Voice
Migle Anusauskaite: Live Translation
Rita Maciliunaite: Voice
Robin Baynton: Phone in
Recorded Live by Richard Thomas at the Trade Union Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania 12.09.2009
Presented as part of The Process festival, Vilnius Capital of Culture 2009.
Edited and Mixed by Neil Luck
Cover Deisgn by Sam Belinfante
Special thanks to Marija Grikeviciute, Ruta Vitkauskaite and Rita Maciliunaite.
An album of free improvisations by four members of ARCO.
Tom Jackson - bass clarinet
Neil Luck - guitar, voice, harmonica, objects
Chihiro Ono - violin
Benedict Taylor - viola
released December 15, 2019
Recorded at a private studio near Achmelvich Bay by Neil Luck
Mixing and Mastering by Neil Luck
Released on Roam Records