David Benjamin Blower’s most ambitious project to date: a radiophonic production of The Book of Jonah.
The book is narrated in its entirety by Professor N. T. Wright, one of the world’s most celebrated living theologians. Playing the part of the prophet himself, with dark Shakespearian grit, is the Scottish campaigner, theologian and writer Professor Alastair McIntosh.
Blower creates an ambitious and cinematic soundscape behind the tale, interwoven with characteristically eccentric songs that veer from polka cabaret to macabre dirges, laden with broken harmoniums, thundering percussion and waves of strings. Fans of Tom Waits and 16 Horsepower will feel at home in its noisy, theatrical belly.
These songs bring to light themes of imperialism, terror and otherness: the second half of the conversation begun in Blower’s book, ‘Sympathy for Jonah’, published last year. The Book of Jonah is, after all, a story about a man who travels to Mosul to reason with extremists.
David Benjamin Blower is a writer, musician, and community theologian from Birmingham, UK. He is a prolific recording artist, a master of stark lyricism and apocalyptic protest-folk; the unconventional wisdom of his work is fast gaining appreciation with a wide audience.
This unique work re-imagines what an album is for, crossing the thresholds of cinema, theatre and literature; evoking Sergio Leone, Tarantino, Herman Melville, and more. Embedded in the rich language of the King James Bible, it reconnects this ancient tale to a very new world.
The Book of Jonah is available now on CD and MP3. ‘Sympathy for Jonah’ is available here.