MELIOR Opus Griot, conceived, composed, written, and performed by Carleen Anderson, is a music genre blended, new storytelling theatre production she characterises as a Futuristic Opera.
It is a fantasy about an ocean-floor society called MELIOR. The format combines the classical music tradition of an Opera – Four Acts/Three Scenes each – with an African historical narrator style, hence its subtitle, “Opus Griot”.
Inspired by real life events intertwined with time-travel imaginations this performance joins human musicianship with digital soundscapes to deliver a tale of mermaids and land dwellers pursuing earthly harmony amidst spiritual, mental and physical predators.
Alongside Carleen in the lead role, the cast features world-renown vocalists, China Moses and Terri Walker, award-winning saxophonist Camilla George, plus a company of Cornwall-based performers who will dance and sing in the specially commissioned choir. Accompanied by a Chamber Quartet of headlining Artists in their own right, led by Orphy Robinson, MBE – vibraphonist; Renell Shaw – bassist; Samy Bishai – violinist; and Crispin Ade Egun – percussionist, Carleen adds her digital music performance using MIMU Gloves, a sound source developed by Grammy winner Imogen Heap, that Carleen implements with computerised audio for the production’s alternative Universe aspects.
With support from Arts Council England and Hall for Cornwall, MELIOR Opus Griot is a modern fable mixture of jazz, soul, electronic and classical music aimed at relaying uplift to the hearts and minds of our troubled world.