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2045: The year man becomes immortal?

  • I just loved this work – its ability to combine music, word and experience into something that is beyond cinema, stage and traditional concerts. It’s a truly consuming 3-D experience with music that is moving, expressive and utterly compelling. Can’t wait to hear it again. Utterly absorbing.
    — Michael Haas
  • It was sensational and loved every moment…
    — Marina Cowdray
  • Such a memorable evening, the music was remarkably enjoyable and have been telling so many friends how super it was.
    — Derek Bell MBE
  • I felt like his music was transporting me to a place where the answers that couldn’t be expressed in words lived and breathed. I loved it...so moving...a truly wonderfully haunting experience.
    — Megg Nicol
  • Special...I literally have never heard anything like it before, both powerful and mesmerising.
    — Tracy Portman
  • The whole experience was so stunningly uplifting. A night I will remember for a long time.
    — Tamara Gray
  • Within the first seconds of the music starting, I was captivated. For a full hour, my mind was blown away by the eerie, deep and intense performance. The whole piece perfectly balanced lightness and strength. It carried a spirituality that moved me to the core. Magnificent. I had not heard something so powerful in a long, long, long time.
    — Virginie Bonfils-Bedos
  • The concert was really quite extraordinary and very moving.
    — Sandy Norman
  • What a wonderful, wonderful evening, so completely 'wow'. The lyrics were so beautiful. I have kept the programme and dip in it every now and then to remind myself of something very special.
    — Joanna von Shenk
  • Toni took us all on an incredible journey.
    — Annabel Bosher
  • What a joy it was to be lifted by such exquisite songs and music. To reach such heights of imagination and pleasure is a rare thing.
    — Carol Lawrence
  • It was a night we will never forget...just amazing.
    — Nick & Catherine English
  • My husband Paul and I came to your amazing performance of “2045” at St James’s Piccadilly and were absolutely blown away. It was beautiful, stirring, haunting and uplifting...intoxicating. Such an interesting theory behind the composition too…and I love the spirituality of the lyrics.
    — Emma Ohea
  • I thought it was one of the most beautiful pieces of music, so moving and inspirational.
    — Sophie Warre
  • It was quite unforgettable and very beautiful experience. Afterwards, even the countryside looked quite luminously altered. Thank you again.
    — Penelope Tree
  • It was really a high experience and so uplifting...the lease is running out so wonderful to be reminded by such wise men as Watts that we should not fear death.
    — Peter Meadows
  • Magnificent and I am keen to relive it!  It was moving and profound.
    — David Hopkin
  • Still floating in the magnitude of the music. I reread the lyrics last night and am even keener to somehow find and relive the music. Exquisite.
    — Rebecca Miskin
  • It was wonderful from start to finish, I was so inspired by Toni's work.
    — Guy Burgs
  • Angelic music...amazing. Truly incredible.
    — Tina Tsang
  • It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! Deeply moving, extraordinary & stirring...took everyone to a special realm. Daniele & I loved it.
    — James Nicholls
  • What a superb evening we had - such a moving and wonderfully profound and thought provoking creation. Absolutely beautiful and transporting.
    — Didi
  • Congratulations again on a fantastic evening - hope you feel proud of results. As I mentioned, the audience members I spoke to (and our ushers) were bowled over by it - so it was a very impressive feat for you to pull all aspects of it together so successfully.
    — David McCleery
  • Amazing...goosebumps…
    — LC
  • Beautiful music, it has touched my soul again and again. I felt transported to a world where only love exists.
    — Paola Bay
  • Dearest Toni just to tell you how spellbound I was by your celestial music...this particular opera will travel far and wide, touching the heart of many around the world…
    — Claudia Navone
  • Absolutely magical, brilliant, deeply moving musical feast!! Florina and I absolutely loved it and it was a wonderful and uplifting evening. Everyone I spoke felt the same. Bravissimo!!!
    — Peter Adler
  • What a wonderful concert, truly awesome and inspiring. Very moving. Everyone I spoke to loved every minute of your beautiful music. Can’t wait to hear it again!
    — Jose Fonseca
  • Fabulous music…
    — Dick Kries
  • Stunning and incredibly moving concert. I was BLOWN away with how powerful it was. Words can not describe your talent.
    — Bethany Russell
  • I was absolutely blown away by the performance. I found it deeply, deeply moving as well as sublime, beautiful and inspiring. *PLEASE* can there be another performance soon?!? There are so many more people I would like to bring!!
    — Venetia Appelbe
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was magical.
    — Pierre Decote
  • Captivating performance.
    — Maxine Hamilton Stubber
  • Spellbinding! I absolutely loved it! I was moved and it was UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL! The whole composition and combination of artists playing was MAGIC!! Congratulations.
    — Helen Park-Weir
  • Thank you for a splendid evening. The music was blissful. It's an emotive and thought provoking work, I'm so glad I came.
    — Vardatta Singh-Khalsa
  • A wonderful concert - it was so profound and a great pleasure to hear.
    — Fi Prentice
  • I was blown away!
    — Alanna FitzGerald
  • It was incredible, really brilliant.
    — Roberta Howett
  • The most incredible music creation I have ever heard. I would love to hear it again soon!
    — Inga Pivena
  • Your work is MAGNIFICENT! SUBLIME!
    — Virginie Bonfils-Bedos
  • A Triumph!
    — Peter Rudnick
  • Insanely beautiful, everything about the performance blew my mind.
    — Jess Segal
  • Loved it, such a beautiful piece.
    — Annabel Thrower
  • What a beautiful beautiful concert. I thought it was unbelievably amazing and powerful. I really loved it!
    — Georgie Gerrish
  • It was magic, really so so beautiful. Giant goosebumps...loved it.
    — Katie Stone
  • Such an impressive piece of music!!! Well done.
    — Tamara Palamakumbura
  • An electro-oratorio smorgasbord of futuristic musical concepts and artistic patterns as old as nature itself. New music to be excited about. I think you've done a beautiful job of capturing the zeitgeist in terms of the balance between new horizons from technology and perpetual human quandaries, through a medium that is both classical and pop. Just genius. I'm deeply impressed and moved.
    — Peter Lewin
  • Wonderfully moving show. Congratulations Toni Castells, my friends were really inspired by it.
    — Marie Angel
  • Beautiful, provocative, haunting, poignant. I want to see/hear it again! Thank you.
    — Laura Bridge
  • Was such an amazing show and performance, it was truly perfect. Touched my soul.
    — Claudia Bergman
  • What an amazing night of music! Thanks for reminding me to take some time out of my busy life to listen, open my heart and reflect on our existence. Really love your work.
    — Maria-Chiara di Bernardo
  • It was truly moving.
    — Quentin Holland
  • R. and I loved 2045. We were really moved. Congratulations.
    — Emma Passmore
  • It was an overwhelming experience to listen to your music in St. James’s. I felt it left everyone deeply touched, hard to escape the depth of the lyrics and samples.
    — Erik Holzinger
  • It was incredible; so intricately woven. Thank you!!!
    — Melissa Eisdell
  • Hauntingly beautiful & thought provoking, thank you for a wonderful evening
    — Kate Pardoe
  • Our warmest congratulations on an absolutely fantastic and amazing performance. I cannot begin to comprehend how you put the whole thing together, it is truly impressive. Well done and we hope your opera goes from strength to strength.
    — Edward Heaton
  • It was absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.
    — Agi La
  • Thank you for a marvellous masterpiece, it was wonderful bravo!
    — Anika Valentina Marik
  • It was absolutely fantastic!!! Incredible piece. Blessed to have been there.
    — Lee Atkins
  • So spine tingling-ly wonderful, exceeded all my already very high expectations.
    — Wink Bankes
  • Amazing event and happening you created and executed stunningly well. You should be really proud of yourself for your integrity, vision and profound sincere spirit.
    — Alex Goulding
  • Thank you for such a wonderful evening. It really was a spectacular concert that deeply resonated with me on so many different levels, a very moving and thought provoking performance. Well done! Look forward to the next one!
    — Catherine Crawley
  • The best concert ticket I have purchased this year! Took form and it was eloquent.
    — Jean-Herve Nedelec
  • I absolutely loved the event, such a beautiful and thought provoking event, congratulations!
    — Holly Presdee
  • Enjoyed it immensely!
    — Dhivya Venkat
  • I loved it. It is genre transcending and therefore difficult to describe or compare to anything else, so I can only talk about how it made me feel. I was transported away to another world, reminded of my own mortality, and of the fact that that there is hope and purpose in death and new life. A really magical piece of music. Well done!
    — Sam Coffield
 
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2045: the year man becomes immortal?

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ (2016) started as a homage to this concept called Technological Singularity, this new era that the techno-scientific community have predicted to be possible by 2045 in which technology will finally allow for man and machine to merge, enabling us the possibility to prolong life indefinitely, making us immortal effectively.

But the piece also wonders whether theres's a purpose to being mortal, whether there's a purpose to dying. When our days are numbered, life becomes more precious and we cherish more the things we love. In essence, it wonders whether we should be tampering with nature's cycle of life, where from death there's always new life, and whether this technocratic path we've chosen is the right path for all of us.

The piece is structured in 5 sections mirroring the five stages of a fruit tree, a metaphor for the cyclic nature of life. The first three sections constitute a first block representing the process from life to death. The last two sections constitute a second block where, after what we understand as death, I wonder about the immortal nature of the human soul. In the timeline of the piece, these two blocks are separated exactly at the Golden Ratio and all the individual pieces that constitute the piece follow the timings of the Fibonacci Sequence.

The piece was premiered at St. James's Church in Piccadilly, London, on the 6th of July 2016 in collaboration with Tete-a-Tete Opera. It was further performed at Buck Hall in Cowdray House on the 9th of July 2016. It received standing ovations on both occasions and widespread acclaim.

 

PREMIERE AT ST. JAMES'S CHURCH, PICCADILLY, 06.07.2016

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.
— Stephen Hawking
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BIO

 

“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 composer currently based  in London. His sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Hi music has been described as "Massive Attack meets Mendelssohn" by Ben Roberts from music industry magazine London Tourdates and "Morricone meets Satie" by Michael Haas, producer of prize-winning recordings with major classical artists including Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Beranboim, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti. US label Magnatune described it as "Puccini meets Sigur Rós".
 

Toni's big interest in spirituality is reflected throughout his work and his career. He releases his music through his own label Interstellar Music. Toni also teaches music technology at Imperial College London and the London College of Music.
 

 

For a complete biography click here

 
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