Limited edition print of the photograph by Ingrid Chavez featured on the ‘Dead Bees on a Cake’ black vinyl re-release. Signed and numbered by David Sylvian and Ingrid Chavez. 7″ x 7″ image on 12″ x 12″ Arches platine paper. Palladium print, Ltd. Ed. of 50. Available from Ingrid Chavez bandcamp here
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From Mark Wastell: The official list of Record Store Day 2019 releases has just been made public and I’m happy to announce that a white vinyl LP version of There Is No Love by Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell is one of them. Remixed, remastered and repackaged and also featuring a cover photograph from David.
News by David Sylvian and Samadhi Sound on Facebook and Twitter: Currently in the design stage, Universal’s vinyl reissues of Sylvian’s albums of the 1980’s with new artwork and design by Yuka Fujii and Chris Bigg. The digital download of ‘dead bees….’ with accompanying PDF artwork should be with us Nov. 9th. Excellent news! Picture: Nagarkot by Yuka Fujii.
Like Planets, a photographic essay by Yuka Fujii. Hard cover, 260mm x 220mm Landscape. 170 pages. Available from 2nd November 2018. Designed by Chris Bigg in a limited edition of 1,500. The first 500 copies are signed and numbered by Yuka Fujii and David Sylvian. Randomly included in the remaining 1,000 copies are 15 signed unnumbered copies. Regular edition: £50, signed
CRIES AND WHISPERS is the follow up to Anthony Reynolds’ acclaimed 2015 biography on Japan, A Foreign Place. It covers in depth and in detail the works of David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Rob Dean, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri both solo and collaboratively between 1983 and 1991.
RHODRI DAVIES / DAVID SYLVIAN / MARK WASTELL – THERE IS NO LOVE (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
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
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.
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.
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
DAVID SYLVIAN : PLAYING THE SCHOOLHOUSE (confront collectors series ccs 51.2) 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. Second Edition : Releasing December 2015
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
SAMADHISOUND ANNOUNCES HYPERGRAPHIA: THE WRITINGS OF DAVID SYLVIAN 1980–2014 638 pages, hard back, full colour. Page size – 150mm x 225mm portrait. Regular edition: £65.00. Signed edition: £85.00 (the signed edition has sold out).
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.