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Des de Moor
Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace


The Times (London) 30 January 2001
Bowiesque
Photo: Theo Cohen

Review: Jazz

BY CLIVE DAVIS

Darkness and Disgrace
Rosemary Branch, London N1


[...] If they [Cleveland Watkiss and Nikki Yeoh, reviewed in the same item] are looking for more challenging lyrics, they could try stealing a David Bowie number or two from Darkness and Disgrace, the enigmatic two-hander from Des De Moor and pianist Russell Churney. The idea of adapting Bowie’s music may seem quixotic, but De Moor and his director, Barb Jungr -- both long-time champions of new cabaret -- treat the Bromley chameleon with the same respect they accord Jacques Brel.

It is definitely not an evening of Greatest Hits. Even devoted Bowie addicts may find themselves adrift on, say, The Bewlay Brothers or We Are the Dead -- the latter harking back to the Seventies-era dabbling with George Orwell. Still, it is fascinating to hear so many pieces stripped of their studio veneer.



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