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As Found by Youtchkova / Thieke / Carroll
sound anatomy SA10 CD)

(confront core series / core 01)

Debut release in the new Confront Core Series imprint. Studio recording of the text piece THERE IS NO LOVE which was premiered at Cafe OTO, London on 31st October 2016 as part of the Confront Recordings Twentieth Anniversary celebrations.

David Sylvian is featuring on the track Life, Life, performing the poem 'And This I Dreamt, And This I Dream', by Arseny Tarkowsky (from the bundle Life, Life). David performing 'From An Old Notebook' from Life, Life was played live by Sakamoto (David with poem prerecorded) at the Concert For Japan (2011).

Punkt 2016: We’re sorry to announce that the Manfred Eicher conversation tomorrow with Jan Omdahl is cancelled, due to illness.

Instead, Erik Honoré will present a “musical essay” that he recently published in the literary journal Vagant, titled “The Memory of a Face”. It is an essay about David Sylvian, but it is just as much the story about Norwegian artists’ connection to Sylvian, and Sylvian’s connection to Punkt and Kristiansand.

The presentation will be in English. It will include at least one previously unreleased collaboration with Sylvian, if Erik finds an hour to mix it tonight.

Featuring David Sylvian on Forbidden Colours!

Academy Award-winning composer Sakamoto both starred in and scored the 1983 film.

In 1983, David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto (celebrated composer and Yellow Magic Orchestra member) starred in the film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Directed by Nagisa Ôshima, the film follows a British soldier (played by Bowie) in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Sakamoto played a young soldier at the camp who develops an intimate relationship with Bowie's character.  Sakamoto also composed the film's score, which won the 1983 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

David has written the intro to Harold Budd's upcoming volume of poems 'Aurora Teardrops'. Harold Budd released a book (80 pages) called Aurora Teardrops in an edition of just 26 press-lettered copies, which features a forword by David Sylvian.

It includes to include a two-page introduction by David Sylvian, Harold's friend and colleague. Written in David's characteristic evocative style, it is a beautiful encapsulation of the poetry and the poet.

Recently, Andrea Dellapiana had an in-depth interview with Mark Wastell of Confront Recordings,  an english label that recently published the latest David Sylvian EP called Playing the Schoolhouse.

Andrea had an extensive e-mail exchange that lasted almost a month. The result is a great article on and with Andrea's permission, a small excerpt is included here.

Finde the original article here.

Angharad Davies has mentioned on her website that last month (7th - 13th December 2015) she and an interesting array of musicians were recording with David Sylvian. Skogen is the name of the group - including Toshimaru Nakamura who appeared on Manafon.  



7 - 13 .12.15 Skogen

Recording with David Sylvian 

Angharad Davies + Anna Lindal, violin

Leo Svensson Sander, cello; Magnus Granberg, piano;

Rhodri Davies, harpa; John Eriksson, vibrafon;

Henrik Olsson, percussion + glass; Erik Carlsson, percussion 

Petter Wastberg, elektronik och objekt 

Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board

So much will be written over the coming months, decades, there’s little, if anything, to add. I’ll keep it brief. I was speaking with a friend recently about how, particularly those who grew out of the US punk era, created a classic album with their debut and how difficult that must be to live with but, to have created one classic album in a lifetime is more than enough. Bowie did much more than that. He changed the entire landscape of popular music and beyond. Who else managed to do that since the Beatles? Whom else since? Now that he was beyond any level of criticism it was as if he were about to throw caution to the wind and reach new levels of experimentation in his work. (I'm no expert. I've not heard a Bowie album in decades. No chastisement please, no recommendations). This is a significant loss. But Bowie’s status as legend is signed and sealed. At home with the stars, literally, metaphorically. My first thoughts were of David Jones the father and the loss this must be to his young family. Heart goes out to them. peace.

(by David Sylvian on Facebook January 11th, 2016)

DAVID SYLVIAN : PLAYING THE SCHOOLHOUSE (confront collectors series ccs 51.2)

Second Edition : Releasing December 2015

Playing The Schoolhouse, a new CD EP length composition by David Sylvian recorded in March of this year in Norway. Based on an improvisation by Jan Bang and Sylvian it also features contributions from Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura.

Anthony Reynolds, author of the upcoming book Japan A Foreign Place, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

A Foreign Place is a comprehensive biography of the influential band Japan by musician and author, Anthony Reynolds. Chronicling the rise and fall of one of the 1980s most respected and beloved bands, the book lifts the veil on the creative processes and personal histories of a fascinating group of introspective musicians whose activities have frequently been shrouded in secrecy.

Written with the full approval and co-operation of Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, the book contains many unseen period photographs, as well as first-hand accounts of the band and its music from friends, music industry associates and musical collaborators

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