Monkey:: Journey To The West

Monkey: Journey To The West is an album conceived, created, and produced by Damon Albarn (music) & Jamie Hewlett (visuals) under the moniker of Monkey, while performed by an assortment of European and Chinese musicians and singers. Monkey: Journey To The West, the opera upon which the album is based, made its London Premiere, July 23rd at the Royal Opera House. Monkey is the result of director Chen Shi-Zheng’s enlistment of Gorillaz – Albarn and Hewlett, to provide unique, modern musical and visual interpretations of the themes and characters of this most beloved work of Chinese folklore. The live production utilizes nearly 40 Chinese circus acrobats, martial artists and singers from China and an orchestra of Western and traditional Chinese instruments. The opera is performed in Mandarin with subtitles, its storyline chronicling the Monkey King’s journey to enlightenment as it takes him undersea, to decadent banquets in heaven, through encounters with Spider Maidens and Skeleton Demons, and eventually to paradise. The album, which was recorded in London and Beijing over the last year, follows this narrative, running 50 minutes and consisting of 22 instrumental and vocal tracks.

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