Scotland.

breon-1xBorn Hawick – writer, composer, producer.

Raised in the Scottish Borders town of Kelso.

Folk music, symphonic film scores, opera and jazz were early musical influences. He was an avid reader of Scott, Swift, Orwell, Isherwood, Huxley and science fiction writers, Jules Verne and Philip K. Dick.

OPENING UP TO SOMETHING DEEPER.

As a boy, Bréon would often sit alone for hours in the countryside, observing wildlife. He revered stillness, sensed a deep connection with nature, and was fascinated by the mystery of the cosmos.

Horse riding across the moors, was an exhilarating and often dangerous adventure, which fired his imagination. The turbulent history of the Scottish Borders with its rich mythology, found expression in his emergent poetry, whilst the melodies he began to write were inspired by local folk music. His early artistic works were created in the rural setting of Roxburghshire, and in the coastal villages of Berwickshire and Northumberland. After attending local schools, Bréon went on to further education at Colleges in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

 

TRAGEDY - OVERCOMING ADVERSITY.

Death in the woods

Before Bréon’s 6th birthday, his brother, Kenneth, just one year older, was tragically killed in the woods behind the family home in Kelso. The circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery. The loss of his closest sibling had a profound impact on Bréon, not only because of the closeness of their relationship, but because a few days before the event, Bréon had experienced, in a series of dreams, a premonition that Kenneth was in danger.

 

 

 

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The second event occurred in Bréon’s early twenties, shortly after he had moved to London. Whilst driving home at night, a speeding driver drove through a red light and hit Bréon’s car. The vehicle was a complete write-off, and Bréon sustained life threatening injuries. He was treated in a specialist hospital unit, and it took several years to recover from this ordeal.

 

 

 

EVERYDAY IS A GIFT – RESPECT AND VALUE YOUR LIFE.

As with the untimely demise of Kenneth, this near-death experience, made him realise even more,  the fragile nature of our transitory life here on planet earth.  ‘It also made him profoundly grateful for the gift of life, and made him determined to live that gift with passion. In many respects, there was a silver lining to his accident in that the lengthy recovery period gave him the necessary time for deeper reflective introspection, time to study the core of his being, time to identify from within, who he really was.

REFLECTING ONE’S TRUE SELF.

Bréon emerged from this experience, stronger, and more determined to follow his dream. He was resolved to using his creative gifts to inspire others to achieve a positive impact on the world – emphasising the need to protect our natural habitat, to seek stillness, listen to our inner voice, and deepen our understanding of ourselves.

Composing, recording and performance in London.

Formed indie folk/rock band, ‘Accent,’ which included classical and contemporary musicians. Bréon was lead vocalist, and wrote both music and lyrics for the group.

 

ABBEY ROAD.

TURQUOISE BLUE IN THE END

Shortly after this, he was offered a ‘production/artist in residence’ position at EMI Abbey Road. There he gained experience in sound recording, and production techniques, and was given access to all studios, in order to develop his own music. During this time he formed his own ensemble called ‘Turquoise Blue.’

Bréon set up his own record/ publishing label called ‘North South Music,’ and signed a distribution contract with Aria/MCA Records, London. Three original tracks were issued for general release in the UK, Europe, and the Far East, together with a video of the ballad ‘In The End’ that was filmed in Tokyo.

 

 

 

 

Life and Work in the United States.

NEW YORK.

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A meeting with the legendary founder of Atlantic Records, Arif Mardin, in New York, gave Bréon the impetus to set sail westward from Europe to the United States.

Following a meeting with Sir Cameron Mackintosh in New York. Bréon wrote his first work for Music Theatre. The play was short-listed for a prestigious international competition sponsored by the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation, the Scottish Executive and the BBC.

In New York, time was spent with neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks – a pivotal experience in Bréon’s life.

HOLLYWOOD.

He then spent several years in Hollywood, as a Director of an International Artists Agency. Whilst there, he recorded several new musical compositions and completed a series of original poems.

The following years were spent in the artistic, music, and film community of Hollywood.

 

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EDUARDO  PAOLOZZI.

On return to London, he came under the influence of the Queen’s sculptor in Scotland, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, who became a friend and  mentor.

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DREAMTOWER.

Bréon’s production company DREAMTOWER, mounted a successful revival of the Musical Play ‘The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd,’ – it was directed by RSC director, Ian Judge, and designed by Olivier Award winner, Tim Goodchild. This production was undertaken in collaboration with Neil McPherson, Artistic Director, at the Finborough Theatre, London.

 

IAM.

Bréon is the co-founder, with his partner, Garry Scott-Irvine, of Intelligent Artist Management, an art advisory and consultancy agency.

 

Garry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITALY – A MAGICAL HOME IN A FOREST.

CASCARONE GARDEN PHOTO WALKINGBréon and Garry, established an artistic retreat in Montone, Umbria, Italy. Located in a magical forest, it is a place where creative artists and thinkers come together to synergize ideas, and work on collaborative projects.

The first literary work conceived at the retreat’, was a play entitled Mr. W. H., written by the late renowned Australian actor, Bille Brown, a founding member of DREAMTOWER’S Creative Team, and Luke Townsend. The play is based on an original work by Oscar Wilde.

Australian Director, Neil Armfield, is a regular visitor, along with associates from Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto.

www.mahler-lewitt.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHY – PSYCHOLOGY.

Fondazione Prada Milano 03Bréon participated in the Carl Jung Legacy Tour, held in Switzerland. This special event was organised by the Pacifica Graduate Institute, based in Santa Barbara, California. It was an important meeting of minds, from different creative spheres and Bréon formed associations with Richard Tarnas, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the California Institute of Integrated Studies, San Francisco, playing a lead role. This event gave Bréon a unique opportunity to discuss his life long interest in Jung’s work, and especially Jung’s theory on synchronicity, a phenonomenon that has been an integral part of Bréon’s entire life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIND-ALTERING EXPERIENCES.

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Members of Pacifica, who, as custodians of the Joseph Campbell Library, offered access to Campbell’s original writings with a view to Bréon developing and integrating Campbell’s ideas into a new work, which it is intended, will incorporate also some of original ideas of Carl Jung  and Joseph Campbell as well as those of Oliver Sacks, who has studied the organisation and structure of the brain, with particular emphasis on mind altering experiences and how these have influenced the folklore and art of every human culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLABORATIONS.

 

Michael Pedersen

Bréon met Michael Pedersen, a young Scottish poet, in the early stages of his career. He immediately recognised the potential of this emerging talent, and became an ardent supporter of his work. Michael is one of the key artists at DREAMTOWER.

In association with Creative Scotland, Bréon was a founding sponsor of Pedersen’s and Kevin Williamson’s Neu Reekie, an artistic collective based at Summer Hall, Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

snaps5Bréon is currently working with Tony-nominated composer/arranger, Alex Baranowski. The first song and video from this collaboration ‘I Gave You Everything,’ was performed by Tamsin Carroll. The track was recorded at Air Studios, with the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

BERLIN – MOSCOW.

Bréon - Berlin poemBréon’s poem, ‘Free to Cry,’ originally filmed at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, was screened at a special ceremony held in January 2015, at the Museum of Tolerance, Moscow, to mark the 70th anniversary of the  liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Army. This poem was written to honour the memory of those murdered by the Nazis in WWII. The musical setting for the film was based on part of the Third Symphony of Polish composer, Henryk Gorecki.

Also in this same year, his song, ‘I Gave You Everything’ was released Nov 25th – White Ribbon Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCIS BACON.

Head of Francis by Clare Shenstone

Bréon on behalf of the Founder of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation, is producing  a series of short film interviews with associates and friends of the artist. The Foundation, was established by Majid Boustay, and is based in Monaco.

www.mbartfoundation.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD – OLIVIER NOMINATED PRODUCTION.

Creative team of It Is Easy To Be Dead on the Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard red carpet. (Photo- Pamela Raith)

 

Bréon presented his first West End production, the critically acclaimed play It Is Easy To Be Dead, written by Neil McPherson. The play, based on the life and untimely death of Scottish WW1 poet Charles Sorley, premiered in July 2016 at The Finborough Theatre, London. The play subsequently transferred in November 2016 to Trafalgar Theatre, Whitehall, for a limited run. In March 2017, the play was nominated for an Olivier Award.

DAKTARI.

He is also developing a series for television, based on the Daktari books written by Sue Hart,  South African veterinarian and pioneering environmentalist.

AUSTRALIA.

THIS IS THE STUFF – A CELEBRATION.

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RUINS OF LOVE.

From an award winning team comes the feature film RUINS OF LOVE, a love story set in the tropical splendor of far north Queensland. It is a story of a family falling apart, coming together again and their last chance to keep a decaying world alive.

Bréon is an Executive Producer with Unicorn Films, based in Melbourne, Australia.

www.unicornfilms.com.au/projects/ruins-of-love

Original STAGE WORKS - in Preparation.

‘BUTTERFLY JAWS,’  A DARK FAIRYTALE – A musical play, set in Scotland 1880’s.

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‘K315’ – A SPACE OPERA – A science fiction  fantasy.

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LUCA ARTIOLI.

 

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With special thanks to photographer Luca Artioli, for allowing me to share his artwork, and extraordinary vision.

www.lucaartioli.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 – Luca Artioli