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When Opera Meets Animation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Damon Albarn, frontman of the Britpop group Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, a comic-book artist and designer, first teamed up for the animated insanity of the “virtual band” Gorillaz. Now they’ve joined forces with actor and director Chen Shi-Zheng for “Monkey: Journey to the West,” a mash-up of opera, electronica, and animation based on a 16th-century Chinese fable. Albarn and Jamie join us to talk about the sounds behind "Monkey."


Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett

Comments [3]

Tony from NYC

I was 9 in 1980 and the original BBC TV show they talk about in this interview was my absolute favourite. Copping this as soon as it comes out. (Sorry, I love Wu, but I can't compare RZA to Damon Albarn)

Sep. 27 2008 06:02 PM
Kai from NYC

In the West, Wu Tang Clan, especially the RZA, have been making Chinese and Asian-influenced music for what, 15 years.

Sep. 25 2008 02:37 PM

Will they be performing the Opera in New York?

Sep. 25 2008 02:30 PM

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