From 20 to 24 March 2019, the British Council is supporting the tenth edition of Kosmopolis, the amplified literature fest that gathers more than 100.000 people every two years. The five-day programme will bring together established authors and emerging new voices to address some of the main challenges facing culture and literature under the broadest concepts. With the slogan “Stories that Move the World”, the festival will revolve around the stories of the 21st century that aim to make sense of the world that we have created. Within the framework of "It's time to talk" programme, the British Council will offer an overview of British diversity in the fields of the arts with an eclectic programme generating discussion, exchange and debate about the hottest contemporary issues, such as artificial intelligence in human relationships with Libby Heaney, the evolution of narrative with Laura Bates and Julian Barnes, women in the arts with British composer, Jocelyn Pook,and the activist Helen Hester, the role of science shaping societies with Philip Ball and the power of collaborative economy with Paul Mason.
Jocelyn Pook (United Kingdom, 1960) studied viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Over the course of her career she has collaborated with artists with a major international track record such as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Nick Cave, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and PJ Harvey. In her projects she experiments with a wide variety of genres, which gives her great musical versatility and originality.
On this occasion the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble will offer an unclassifiable musical proposal in which string instruments and song, with traditional sounds from different cultures are fused. The repertoire includes themes from the album Untold Things (2001), as well as a selection of her best compositions for soundtracks.
Pook has composed music for theatre, television and cinema, this being the medium in which she made her debut with the soundtrack for Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut (1999). This earned her nominations for the Chicago Film Awards and the Golden Globes. Since then she has not ceased to compose music for films: Gangs of New York (2002) by Martin Scorsese, Habitación en Roma (2010) directed by Julio Medem, and King Charles III (2017) by Rupert Goold, which was awarded the BAFTA 2018 for the Best Original Soundtrack.