2045: The year man becomes immortal?
World premiere at St. James's Church - Piccadilly
on the 6th of July 2016 @ 7.30pm
“I must have been 2 years old when I first heard Abba's "Chiquitita" on my parents black and white TV back in the Spanish Pyrenees, in a small town near France called Berga. I remember feeling that something special was behind those sounds, something that of course I couldn't quite comprehend at the time. I didn't even know back then those sounds were called music,
but I somehow I knew that this was the thing I would devote my energy for the rest of my life.”
Toni Castells (born 3 January 1976) is a Spanish-born British composer based currently in London. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer and academic, electro-acoustic polymath Toni Castells defies definition. His sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes that have been compared to Morricone and Satie. Over the years Castells has become best known for his genre defying solo albums which sit on the fringes of the the ever burgeoning ‘neo-classical’ movement. His spiritually-charged live performances have been hailed as ‘life-changing’.
2015 saw the release of his new solo album “Slaves of Time” in which Castells explores his recent obsession with time, death and afterlife. Castells is currently writing a combined opera+ballet entitled “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal” which will be premiered in London in July 2016.
For a complete biography click here
Recording of the live performances at Kings Place, London, of "Life from Light" over the 7th and 8th of August of 2014. The concerts were part of the Tete-a-Tete opera festival and featured sopranos Meeta Raval and Camilla Kerslake. Cuban jazz trumpet Yelfris Valdes joined the 14 strong ensemble. "Life from Life" wonders about the miracle of life, the nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin.
In it I explore my obsession with time, death and afterlife. Features Rebecca Nelsen singing the soprano parts. Rapper Olly Hodding performs in two of the tracks, being my first exploration of combining rap with opera.
Recording of the live performance at Union Chapel, London, of "Life from Light", my second large scale live production featuring the music of Creation (2011). The work wonders about the miracle of life, the nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin.
This album is the result of my quest for understanding human nature, sex and the creation of life. Science tells us that for humans sex is the origin of mortality, because rather than reproducing clonally as bacteria do, we only transmit half our genes to our offspring, hence they will never naturally exist in the same combination again. This make us unique, completely unique.
Piano Works is an exploration on simplicity though the composition and recording of a series of basic piano pieces. The piano is an old upright Chapel and the recordings were undertaken using a cheap dictaphone.
OST of Robert Cameron’s theatre piece 1.60.3600. Created through a long process of real life interviews and prolonged improvisations with actors, the director has weaved four worlds into a new and unique theatrical event where conventional use of space and time are questioned.
A-Side Oratori (Sexual Intercourse) ironically uses Wikipedia as source text to describe something so intimate as the process of human sexual intercourse. B-Side Pure Potential reflects on potential of the new life created through sexual intercourse. Both songs were recorded at the Royal College of Music in September 2010 by Rebecca Nelsen.