Composed by: Shinji Eshima
Words by: Scott Bourne and Mary Shelley
Video Design: Kate Duhamel

bourne to shelley

San Francisco Opera Lab –  Chamberworks
Aprii 2016

Composed by Shinji Eshima, “Bourne to Shelley combines the contemporary poetry of American-born Scott Bourne, former world champion skate boarder, turned Parisian runway model/author/poet, with excerpts from hymn by the early 19th century English Romantic poet Percy Shelley. The piece for tenor, horn and piano, is part of Eshima’s Frankenstein project, seeks to find an answer for the necessity of human love.”

The work was for San Francsico Opera Lab’s ChamberWORKS. Shinji Eshima has been a member of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras since 1980. As a composer, he is best known for his full-orchestra commissioned scores for San Francisco Ballet’s RAkU and Swimmer ballets, both choreographed by Yuri Possokhov. A documentary film of RAkU is soon to be released. 

Kate Duhamel created a beautiful video for ’Bourne to Shelley’ where the words enveloped and caressed the audience.
— Shinji Eshima