The 4000 Nights of New York in 1988 is a new live performance work, combining poetry and soundscapes, by Peter Urpeth. The piece explores the nature and boundaries of memory and memoir.
Drawing on Orpheus’s mythic journey to the underworld to recover his beloved Eurydice, this is an autobiographical tale of love found and lost in New York and London.
Peter Urpeth is a Lewis-based musician and writer whose poetry has been widely published and anthologised in Scotland and beyond. As a pianist, he has enjoyed a professional career working in improvised and experimental music across the UK and Europe and as a composer of scores for film and stage.
The 4000 Nights of New York in 1988 was largely constructed during the pandemic lockdown which, in common with so many others, caused the cancellation of Peter’s entire diary as a performing musician. Like many, he wanted to work to ensure the experience of lockdown could have a positive creative outcome. This work is the result of that endeavour.
Part of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.
The 2022 Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.