Scotland

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Born Hawick – writer, composer, producer.

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

As a boy, he would often sit alone for hours in the countryside, observing wildlife. He revered stillness and sensed a deep connection with nature –  intuitively experiencing a virtual world of pattern-space. He was fascinated and  excited by the mystery and awe of the cosmos.

Horse riding across the moors, was an exhilarating and often dangerous adventure, which fired his imagination. The turbulent history of the 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.

 

Composing, recording and performance in London

A few months after arriving in the Capital, Bréon sustained life threatening injuries in a car accident. However, he was determined to continue with his artistic dream, which by now, had led to the formation of his own indie folk/rock band, ‘Accent,’ which included classical and contemporary musicians. Bréon was lead vocalist, and wrote both music and lyrics for the group.

Shortly after this, he was awarded a ‘production/artist in residence’ contract 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. There were extensive promotional tours, with coverage on BBC/commercial national radio and UK television networks.

Life and Work in the United States

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.

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. Writing and composing activities also took him regularly to Europe and the Far East.

Following a meeting with Sir Cameron Macintosh 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.

Also, in New York, he spent time with Dr Oliver Sacks – a pivotal experience in Bréon’s life.

 

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On return to London, he came under the influence of the Queen’s sculptor in Scotland, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, who became one of his mentors.

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 the three times Olivier Award winner, Tim Goodchild. This production was undertaken in collaboration with Neil McPherson, Artistic Director, at the award-winning Finborough Theatre, London..

Bréon and his partner 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, was based on an original work by Oscar Wilde.

Bréon 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.

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’ Bréon aims to incorporate some of the ideas of Jung, Campbell and Oliver Sacks the neurologist, 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.

During this period, a per chance encounter with Michael Pedersen, a young, gifted, Scottish poet, led to an ongoing collaboration. Bréon immediately recognised the potential of this emerging artist.

In association with Creative Scotland, Bréon was a founding sponsor of Neu Reekie, an artistic collective based at Summer Hall, Edinburgh.

Bréon is the Co-founder, with his partner, Garry Scott-Irvine, of Intelligent Artist Management.

He 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 West End Star, Tamsin Carroll. The track was recorded at Air Studios, with the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

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

Bréon is currently producing with Garry Scott-Irvine, a series of short filmed interviews with various personalities who knew the artist, Francis Bacon. This project, is being sponsored by the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation, which was established by Majid Boustay, and is based in Monaco.

Bréon produced 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. The play was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Bréon is currently working as an Executive Producer with an independent film company based in Melbourne, Australia.

He is also developing a series for television, based on the Daktari books written by Sue Hart.

 

 

Original Work in Preparation

STAGE

‘Butterfly Jaws,’  A Dark FairyTale – A musical play, set in Scotland 1880’s.

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