Dynamite Island present the studio recording of the original soundtrack to our documentary cabaret Rendezvous in Bratislava.
Rendezvous in Bratislava was created by theatre-maker Miriam Sherwood and told the story of her Slovak granddad Laco Kalina, who was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets. The show was developed at Battersea Arts Centre and began a tour of the UK, the USA and Central Europe in 2018.
The show's music, written by Thom Andrewes and Will Gardner, provides a link between the past and the present. Using forms and styles inspired by Laco’s life and work, and borrowing elements from a treasure trove of archival sources, these tracks shift from folk and classical, to jazz, comedy and synth pop, all in the service of telling one remarkable life story.
This album was recorded by the cast of the show in Jan–Feb 2019 at Cavendish Studio, London, and mixed and mastered by Ben Andrewes.
released May 9, 2019
Thom Andrewes — lead vocals (tracks 2, 4 and 6) and ensemble vocals
Will Gardner — piano, accordion, lead vocals (track 2) and ensemble vocals
Fero Holčik — clarinet and ensemble vocals
Ric Hollingbery — violin and ensemble vocals
Maria Rehakova — flute, lead vocals (track 5) and ensemble vocals
Miriam Sherwood — lead vocals (tracks 6 and 9) and ensemble vocals
Thom Andrewes (tracks 2, 4, 6 and 8 + arrangement on track 1)
Will Gardner (tracks 3, 5, 7 and 9)
Track 2 — from 'Look Back With A Smile' (Ján L. Kalina)
Tracks 4 and 6 — Thom Andrewes
Track 5 — Miriam Sherwood, Will Gardner, and from 'My Seven Lives: Agneša Kalinová in conversation with Jana Juráňova'
Track 8 — from 'Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka' (Karel Kryl)
Track 9 — based on 'The World Without Smiles' (Ján L. Kalina), translated by Miriam, Julia and Peter Sherwood
Mixed and mastered by Ben Andrewes at Cavendish Studio, London
Thanks to Sophie Ignatieff, Martin Jeriga, Enikö Leányvári, Andrew Parker, Christina Poulton, Lucie Steiner, Dan Strange, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Nathalie Vanpoperinghe, and everyone who donated to our crowdfunder.
Dynamite Island is a group of artists based in London and Manchester.
We combine live
music with elements of participatory art, theatre, cabaret, radio and more, looking for new ways of telling stories and exploring the places where music, theatre and real life bump up against each other.
The company's core members are Thom Andrewes, Will Gardner & Miriam Sherwood....more