Gorillaz Guyz to Create Opera Based on Monkey King Legend

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Puppets, Tech
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Because part of the requirement of being Gorillaz is to sing songs about monkeys, right?

The show opens this summer, per the Hollywood Reporter, and sounds like fun.

Featuring Chinese acrobats, martial arts athletes and contortionists, the elaborate opera follows the fantastical odyssey of a monk and his animal protectors, led by the magical Monkey King across continents and centuries in search of sacred Buddhist scriptures. Conceived and directed by Chen, it features music by Albarn, with anime-influenced design, costumes and animation by visual artist Hewlett. Albarn's score mixes Chinese pop melodies, brass fanfares, percussion and electronic sound washes.

It'll have to go a long way to beat this version, is all I'm sayin'.


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