This is the original article of Simon Napier Bell (former manager of Japan) that resulted in a response by David Sylvian on his site.
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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.
Italian translation of the book On The Periphery now available! Disponibile solo su www.sylvianbiografia.it Originariamente pubblicato in inglese, ora interamente tradotto in italiano! Completamente aggiornato a Gennaio 2015! Data di uscita 9 Marzo 2015.
On November 24th 2014 the new album There’s A Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight will be released on SamadhiSound (soundcdss024). Samadhisound is proud to announce the release of David Sylvian’s new long form composition; ‘there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight.’ A unique collaboration with American Pulitzer Prize winning poet
Press announcement 12th December 2013, United Kingdom. The new biography of David Sylvian, entitled “On the Periphery”, has today been officially released. All pre-ordered copies have been dispatched, and the book is now available for immediate delivery.
A new and extensive biography of David Sylvian is about to be published. The 384-page hard back book entitled On the Periphery has been researched and written over the space of 4 years, and tracks the evolution of Sylvian’s solo career from 1982 up to the present day.