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

bourne to shelley

SAN FFRANCISCO Opera Lab chamberworks  April 2016

NOE Valley  chamber music                      February 2018

Composed by Shinji Eshima, "Bourne to Shelley" combines the contemporary poetry of American-born Scott Bourne, former professional 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, and seeks to find an answer for the necessity of human love.

The work premiered at San Francisco Opera Lab’s ChamberWORKS in 2016 and was also performed at Noe Valley Chamber Music in 2018. 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