Mike Figgis is a man of many talents. As a director he was twice nominated for an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas and he has photographed for Agent Provocateur and Harper’s Bazaar. But in his own words, “first and foremost, I was a musician.”
His father’s love of jazz inspired him to take up the trumpet at 12, the instrument he later played with Bryan Ferry. For ten years, he toured with the free improvisation group, The People Band as part of The People Show, who reunited at The Vortex three years ago. He brings The People Band back to Kings Place on Saturday for a live two hour improvisation in which the audience will become part of the event.
He opens his residency tonight with Sound, Music and Film, a demonstration of the effect of music on drama using his film Timecode. Thursday’s Theatre Songs with vocals from the wonderful Christine Tobin features a selection of songs from his three works of multimedia music theatre, composed in the 80’s involving live music film crossover. On Friday, he will sit in on bass and trumpet with pianist and performance artist Rosey Chan, playing a combination of classical works from Ravel and Scriabin with a journey through jazz staples from Mingus to Bix Beiderbecke. Should make for an interesting week.