A MESSAGE FROM DAVID
Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone for the kind thoughts, expressed here and elsewhere, for my wellbeing. It buoys my spirits to know that so much positive energy is being sent my way.
I've been talking over re-scheduling dates for my tour with those involved in the production. There was an opportunity to put some dates in place in October of this year but without the majority of the musicians involved in the original tour. On top of this, I felt concerned that my health might still be in some doubt at that point in time and therefore worried about a second cancellation, something that, we can all agree, might test the patience of everyone involved. I tend to think that, until that time arises, your money should be sitting in your bank accounts not someplace else. Consequently, I feel more comfortable cancelling plans for touring in the short term until I know I have the good health necessary to undertake another tour as is my intention. My sincerest apologies if you feel I'm letting you down and my even greater gratitude for your ongoing support.
David Sylvian is a world renowned musician, respected for his solo work, and that created in collaboration wth musicians from phenomenally diverse backgrounds and diciplines.
New publications coming up
The independent publication of 'Amplified Gesture' is gearing up for release this Spring. The new edition includes an additional chapter by Phil Hopkins, an introduction by yours truly, and numerous outtakes from interviews with the artists featured in the film. The truly wonderful work of Katharina Grosse provides the art for the cover and Chris has done his usual beautiful job with packaging and design. We're also in the process of putting together a release by Jan Bang and Erik Honorť based on my stint at the Punkt festival of last year. The work is built around my readings of poems, especially commissioned for the Uncommon Deities installation, by the celebrated Norwegian poets Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe-Repstad, along with samples taken from the numerous performances that littered that wonderful three day event. It also features contributions from two of my most favoured musicians; Arve Henriksen and Sidsel Endresen. Jan and Erik have produced a piece of real beauty. I couldn't ask for better collaborators. Entitled 'Uncommon Deities', this project will be released in limited editions. More on this as the pieces fall into place.
The musical spheres Jan Bang work in revolve around such luminaries as Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen. From his work as successful pop producer in the 1990s his creative thrust and pioneering work in developing the concept of live remix¬≠improvising with electronics alongside more conventional instruments and performers - has led today to him being constantly in-demand as producer and performer. In 2005 he launched, together with Erik Honore the internationally renowned Punkt Festival where Bang's live sampling, his own musical instrument, works within the framework of overlapping concerts one being the original, the other the remix. The Punkt brand has already traveled abroad to the UK, Germany and visited Tallinn in spring 2011. Bang's recent recorded work includes the acclaimed CDs Died In The Wool by David Sylvian, Cartography by Arve Henriksen and Jon Hassell's Last Night the Moon Came, both on ECM. Recent live performances and tours have included with Jon Hassell to Sidney Opera House as part of Eno's own festival and playing Carnegie Hall in NYC and Royce HaIl, LA. In November -08, as curator of "Scene Norway during the opening of King's Place in London - BBC's Fiona Talkington invited Punkt for a three day festival as part of the London Jazz Festival. Bang was born in Denver and grew up in Kristiansand, Norway, nurtured by the legacy of his father's vast record collection, his mother's piano playing and the sounds of swallows in the family garden.
Eivind Aarset is a guitarist with a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to scaring intensity. His debut as a band leader on Jazzland Recordings was described by the New York Times as "One of the best post- Miles electric jazz albums," setting a high benchmark that Aarset has consistently met and exceeded, both in the studio and in live performance. As one of Norway's most in-demand guitarists, Eivind Aarsct has worked with Bill Laswell, Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Jan Garbarck, Paolo Frcsu, Marilyn Mazur, J.Peter Schwalm, Talvin Singh, and Andy Sheppard. He has worked with Nils Petter Molvaer's band, (appearing on all of Molvaer's albums, including the breakthrough album "Khmer" and 2006's award-winning "ER"). He also has collaborated with Dhafer Youssef, both live and in the studio.
Hildur Ingveldard√≥ttir Gu√įnad√≥ttir (b. 1982) is a cellist and composer. Best known for her collaborations with m√ļm and guest appearances with Pan Sonic, she has a rich catalogue of collaborations and varied projects behind her. Gu√įnad√≥ttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjav√≠k Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Back in Iceland, she became very active in the neu-Iceland scene as a member of Kitchen Motors, a Reykjav√≠k based think tank, record label and an art collective along with internationally renowned composer J√≥hann J√≥hannsson. In 2004, she started playing with the band Angel (Ilpo V√§is√§nen and Dirk Dresslehaus). Around that time she made an album with Dirk (Mr. Schmuck¬īs farm), and went on to play live Pan Sonic, later collaborating on their album Cathodephase. She released her first solo album, Mount A, under the artist name Lost in the Hildurness, on the Reykjav√≠k based label 12 T√≥nar in 2006. Gu√įnad√≥ttir is a member of Storsveit Nix Noltes (The Nix Noltes Big Band), a rotating cast of 7 to 10 Icelanders playing traditional Bulgarian and Greek dance music. The group has toured the US twice supporting Animal Collective.
During the years 1994 - 2001 Sebastian acquired a BMus and MMus. He is working on a research PhD thesis in Performance Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sebastian Lexer is currently working as a musician, lecturer for interactive music and media subjects, courses and tutoring of the software platform Max/MSP, programmer for interactive music and media software (Max/MSP), recording engineerand piano teacher
Gunnar Halle works mostly as a touring musician, playing with Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and German groups. The last couple of years he has played with Mari Boine, Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex, Fattigfolket, duo with pianoplayer Espen Eriksen, Pierre D√łrge & The New Jungle Orchetra, Josefine Cronholm & Anders Jormin, Karikko, B√∂hm/Halle/Sell, Josefine Lindstrand and many others.
Newest record out is the album Park with Fattigfolket at the German label Ozella Music.
Educated at Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen 1997-2002. He stayed in Copenhagen Denmark until 2007, and in this period he toured and recorded with numerous Danish and Swedish groups; Tys Tys, Nowhereland, Jogujo Circuit, Susi Hyldgaard, Fredrik Lundin Overdrive, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Josephine Cronholm, Pierre D√łrges New Jungle Orch, Josefine Lindstrand and Lisbeth Diers were some of them.
He was also one of the early members and founders of ILK, Independent Label of K√łbenhavn, where he released eight records in this ten years period. Two of them was with electronica trio Jogujo Circuit where he composed and produced half of the material. He was nominated for a Danish Grammy in 2004 as ‚??new jazz-name of the year‚??. Tys Tys received a Grammy for 'Go some' the same year.
Beside being a touring musician, he also work in his studio, recording trumpet, synth, strings and so on, and he has recorded, produced or mixed for Jogujo Circuit, Echidna, Nana Jacobi, Josefine Cronholm, and composed and produced music for film and TV.