Ann Liebeck 'Locked Down Sonnets'

a cabaret, exploring Weill, Brecht and more during the pandemic!

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Last Show: Tuesday 5 th October 2021

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Locked Down Sonnets is an original show written by the performers during the pandemic. Their influences range from Sondheim, Shakespeare and Bernstein to Brecht, Beatles, Kurt Weill and Eisler - the great composers of the Golden 20's in Berlin. They perform this show live for the first time at Pheasantry after online success at virtual Edfringe 2019 and Brighton Fringe live online 2020 with The Space UK. Ann Liebeck vocals, Paul Moylan Double Bass and Ukelele, Jonny Liebeck piano.

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Opera singer Ann Liebeck started writing sonnets about her feelings as lockdown hit the UK at the beginning of the Coronavirus epidemic. Composer Paul Moylan picked up on Facebook,the dramatic thread of broken dishwashers, panic-buying and genuine grief which led to Paul composing songs to Ann's poems. They communicated by Messenger and WhatsApp and decided to record at distance on their phones with Jonny, Ann's son. And so 'Covid Captivity Cabaret' was born.

This captivating show was performed LIVE online for the very first time and recorded specially for Brighton Fringe. Featuring stunning brand new original material by Ann (vocals), Paul Moylan (double bass) and Jonny Liebeck (piano). Laugh along at Ann's love song to her broken dishwasher, cry with the Covid Madonna and march out of lockdown with the Vaccine Army, a tambourine flourish and clickety clack of castanets!

The artists will also perform classic standards by Weill /Brecht, Mack the Knife, Pirate Jenny and Friedrich Hollaender hits as sung by Marlene Dietrich.

Opera, tango and cabaret singer Ann Liebeck, whose recent productions of Violetta's Last Tango and Marlene in Havana have been acclaimed at Wiltons Music Hall, Southbank Centre, and of course at Pizza Express Live. She has sung internationally on the opera stage in Vienna, many European opera houses and also in the US, in roles such as Queen of the Night, Violetta, Gilda, Rusalka and Donna Anna. Most recently she has specialised in tango with many of the top tango musicians on the London scene especially Julian Rowlands. Their acclaimed cd Violetta's Last Tango was launched at The Pheasantry. She performs regularly with the great Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente and works with Latino Life and La Linea London Latin Music Festival.She also writes her own songs and lyrics, especially sonnets.

Paul Moylan is a virtuoso bass player and composer with klezmer band She'Koyokh and a regular performer in the West End in musicals and opera, especially The National Theatre. In February 2019 Paul composed Klez'Mahler, a 'klezmer concerto' which the band performed as a prelude to Mahler's First Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.His songs with Ann will be a live world premiere at The Pheasantry.

Jonny Liebeck, pianist ,classical organist and composer is a regular on the London jazz and electronic music scene with his collective.

His range is wide and varied -from Bach to latin jazz, funk, soul to jungle and Deep House. Recent releases include his debut album Mellow Mind, enthusiastically reviewed by Sammie Stein and London Jazz News.

His debut Deep House EP's can be heard on the well- known LiquidDeep label.He recently recorded some piano tracks with mega star Emili Sande for her next album and has also performed with Mica Paris.

Band Line Up

Ann Liebeck (vocals)

Paul Moylan (double bass)

Jonny Liebeck (piano)