A live stream recording from the Tom Thumb Theatre with Francesca Ter-Berg and friends, scoring parts of surrealist biopic, The Colour of Pomegranates
The Colour of Pomegranates is a highly unconventional biopic of the 18th Century Armenian poet Sayat Nova. A visualisation of his poetry presented as a series of dreamlike tableaux, this is an extraordinary, enigmatic and beautiful film. Criticised by the Soviet authorities, it was re-cut and given a short release; Parajanov was later indicted for surrealist tendencies and sentenced to five years in a Soviet labour camp.
Francesca Ter-Berg is a multi-disciplinary artist. Known for her unique cello playing style, she is a specialist in Klezmer music, a songwriter, composer, ethnographer and improviser. Francesca’s work explores the paradigm between the past and the present in her live performances, which she explores both in her live performances and studio work.
Francesca performs with critically acclaimed duo Fran & Flora (‘an album of beguiling beauty’ – Clive Bell, The Wire) and produces film scores and site-specific installation works, focusing on the identity beholden in urban environments and exploring the natural world. As a collaborator and improviser Francesca has toured and recorded nationally and internationally with artists including Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh OBE, Sam Lee, Portico Quartet, SteamDown Collective, Riz Ahmed, Ashley Paul, Frank London (Klezmatics) and Cosmo Sheldrake and has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Café Oto, Kings Place, The Royal Festival Hall and WOMAD. Having spent 10 years studying Klezmer and Roma music from some of the worlds greatest performers, she regularly teaches workshops in Klezmer music and creative music making at festivals across the UK and Europe. She is currently working on her debut EP due for release in January 2021.