Dai Fujikura is artistic director of the Born Creative Festival being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on 28 September 2019. As part of the programme there will be a David Sylvian Room where recordings of instrumental work from David’s catalogue will be played. Featured will be a previously unreleased work made for the festival by David Sylvian titled ‘Manafon:
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David Sylvian provides the artwork for pianist Melaine Dalibert’s forthcoming cd on the elsewhere label entitled ‘Cheminant’ (elsewhere 007), to be released on 1st July 2019. Design is by label owner Yuko Zama.
from the Punkt facebook page/website: PUNKT (5-7 September): This year’s Punkt Seminar, curated by David Toop, features the premiere of Yuka Fujii’s “Like Planets ”. LIKE PLANETS (cine-photo – approx..35min. /osmosis uk 2019) Photography and cine-photo by Yuka Fujii Music composed and performed by Mark Wastell “Like Planets ” is a short film of still images and text taken
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
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