American composer Roger Rudenstein is bringing his unique take on using music to express his thoughts on the wider world to a new audience with his musical re-telling of James Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses.
Written by Irish novelist, Joyce, in 1918, Ulysses sees a day in the life of Leopold Bloom in early 20th Century Dublin, at first glance a relatively straight-forward concept but elevated to epic scale. Echoing this approach is Roger, using a full orchestra and singers to bring the tale to life for an audience who, although maybe not familiar with the text, can find a new way of exploring this world.
Using the original, undiluted text (complete with sometimes risque language!) and marrying the rhythm and cadence of the language with his very European influenced style, Roger is ready to bring music and literature bang up to date whilst still being respectful of the traditions of both artistic styles.