David Sylvian
English singer
David Sylvian
David Sylvian is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by critic Jason Ankeny as "a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts.
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Music Review: David Sylvian - A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Music Review: David Sylvian - A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 04:14 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012 [...] glam. Gentlemen Take Polaroids was Japan's first album on Virgin Records, where Sylvian remained until the recent formation of his own Samadhisound label. For whatever reason, the set opens with a remix of "Ghosts," which initially appeared on the Everything And Nothing album from 2000. What is striking is how strong both the music, and the voice of David Sylvian remain throughout. Besides the three Sakamoto tracks previously mentioned, the first disc contains eight more tunes hailing from the 1980s. If his '80s work proved that serious artistic statements could be made within the fashionable MTV-friendly confines of synth-pop, his music of the past 10 years or so ...
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JULIANNA BARWICK - "THE MAGIC PLACE" (ASMATHIC KITTY, 2011) - Blitz
Google News - over 5 years
"Prizewinning" seria certamente um tema adequado às experiencias laboratoriais de um David Sylvian. E já o tema final, "Flown", tem aqui uma outra pitada de Philip Glass lá no meio. Não é um disco fácil, mas certamente é uma obra que traz alguma paz
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Concerto all'alba di Stalteri a Torre Guaceto - La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Google News - over 5 years
Insieme a David Sylvian, Roger Eno, David Torn e Harold Budd partecipa al progetto “Marco Polo” di Nicola Alesini & Pier Luigi Andreoni. Ha collaborato a opere di A. Curran, M. Castelnuovo, A. Minghi, G. Di Michele e ai cd di Arlo Bigazzi,
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Um grupo que privilegia a liberdade - Diário de Notícias - Lisboa
Google News - over 5 years
A possibilidade de o trio gravar com John Butcher (conceituado saxofonista na área da música improvisada e que colabora no recente Died in the Wool de David Sylvian) surgiu em 2010: "Tivemos um convite para tocar na Culturgest e começámos logo a pensar
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Andy e Fabio Mittino Un esperimento da applausi - La Provincia di Como
Google News - over 5 years
Non poteva essere altrimenti visto che il duo, l'uno ex pard di Morgan nei Bluvertigo, valente chitarrista nei Rezophonic il secondo, proponeva un omaggio a due esploratori del pentagramma come Robert Fripp e David Sylvian. Sul palco solo chitarra,
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Nytt perspektiv på det ofattbara - Svenska Dagbladet
Google News - over 5 years
Det är ett brett spektrum som figurerar: en norsk folkvisa, David Sylvian, Radiohead, Midlake, eller sakral musik: ”Father, I stretch my arms to thee”. I början av programmet säger Knausgård att verkligheten är neutral och att litteraturen laddar den
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The Blackout - Soundblab
Google News - over 5 years
His sour, metallic John Foxx/David Sylvian croon with its mannered, third-hand Bowie vowels (this from a resident of Oregon!) is like a little prod every time you hear it on 'How I Hate You' or 'Dead Ringers', reminding you exactly who did this stuff
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Zeit-Ton - ORF.at
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Zudem stellt Andreas Felber die neue CD "Died In The Wool" von David Sylvian vor, in deren Rahmen der britische Sänger einige der 2009 auf "Manafon" vorgestellten Songs einer Neubearbeitung unterzieht
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DEUS: 2 nuove date a Dicembre per la rockband belga - rockON.it
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Keep you Close nasce in compagnia di due grandi produttori come Adam Noble (Paul Mc Cartney, U2, Guillemots) e soprattutto David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, David Sylvian, Placebo), segna un cambio di direzione rispetto al recente passato affidandosi ad un
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Maria & the Mirrors - Soundblab
Google News - over 5 years
Keira was really into Kate Bush and all the many works of David Sylvian. I think Crystabel was into Da Brat and Uriah Heep. We were all into Elastica though. Justine Frischmann brought us together. Their second album The Menace is amazing! (It is!
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Critic's pick: Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins, 'A Scarcity of Miracles' - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
But things really get cooking on This House, which is introduced by soundscapes and a wordless wail from Jakszyk that recalls former Fripp accomplice David Sylvian in temperament. A more defined guitar fuzz from Fripp that echoes his masterful '70s
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The Horrors - Skying Album Review - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
The Horrors love of all things Germanic such as Neu! and Kraftwerk is none more evident than on the epic 'Moving Further Away', its nagging keyboard riff shifting in and out of focus while Badwan does his best David Sylvian impression, repeating the
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Susanne Sundfør til Punktfestivalen - Fædrelandsvennen
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Punktfestivalen har tidligere annonsert at David Sylvian, Minibus Pims med John Paul Jones fra Led Zeppelin og Them Crooked Vultures og Helge Sten fra Supersilent og Motorpsycho. I tillegg til at Susanne Sundfør skal holde en konsert alene,
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Jazz Fest continues with Tünel Feast - Hurriyet Daily News
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... a combination of jazz music and electronic elements. 123 will be accompanied by famous Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen, who has collaborated with numerous artists including David Sylvian and Nils Petter Molvaer. He is known
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Cape music picks: July 1 2011 - Mail & Guardian Online
Google News - over 5 years
Expect a polymorphic mix of vocals, guitar noise, cutting-edge electronics and analogue soundscapes that creates an open aural map reminiscent of David Sylvian, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. Waiting Room, Long Street (above Royale Eatery), Cape Town,
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David Sylvian - Died in the Wool: Manafon Variations - Humo The Wild Site
Google News - over 5 years
Zaten wij te wachten op een remake van onze favoriete cd van 2009, 'Manafon' van David Sylvian? Nee. Zijn we tóch blij dat deze eigenheimer 'Died in the Wool: Manafon Variations' in onze brievenbus heeft gedropt? Ja! Hoewel de helft van de tracks al op
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Destroyer and the return of soft rock - The Guardian
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I was into David Sylvian, but I kept that secret because it's not really teenager's music." Rather than using Kaputt to recreate his own youth, or an idealised version thereof, Bejar returned to sounds he had actively rejected at the time – the David
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Sylvian
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 53
    The tour was cancelled in late January 2012 due to Sylvian's poor health.
    More Details Hide Details This is an incomplete list. Martin Power. David Sylvian: the Last Romantic. London: Omnibus Press, 1988. Anthony J Reynolds. "Japan A Foreign Place". Burning Shed Publishing, 2015 Leonardo Vittorio Arena. David Sylvian as a Philosopher: A Foray Into Postmodern Rock. Mimesis International (MIM Edizioni Srl), 2016.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    Also in 2011, Sylvian acted as the artist in residence at the Punkt Festival in Norway.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to curating the events of the festival, Sylvian performed both compositions from the Holger Czukay-collaborated album Plight & Premonition, backed by John Tilbury, Jan Bang, Phillip Jeck, Eivind Aarset, Erik Honoré, and Arve Henriksen. The positive reception led to the decision to tour throughout Europe in 2012. The Implausible Beauty tour was due to feature a lineup of musicians including Jan Bang, guitarist Eivind Aarset, pianist Sebastian Lexer, cellist Hildur Gudnadottir and trumpeter Gunnar Halle.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010 Sylvian released a compilation disc of his collaborative works with musicians over the last 10 years – Sleepwalkers includes songs with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tweaker, Nine Horses, Steve Jansen, Christian Fennesz and Arve Henriksen.
    More Details Hide Details Also included are a few new songs such as Sleepwalkers which is co-written with drummer Martin Brandlmayr of Radian and Polwechsel. In 2011, the double disc Died in the Wool was released as variations on the 2009 release Manafon with the addition of six new pieces, including collaborations with composer Dai Fujikura, producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, and a roster of contemporary musicians and improvisers. For the first time, a stereo mix of the audio installation "When We Return You Won't Recognise Us" is available on CD, pairing a group of improvisers – John Butcher, Arve Henriksen, Günter Müller, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Eddie Prévost – with a string sextet directed by Fujikura.
    In 2010, Sylvian talked about Manafon, and said: "What happened with Manafon was that the work abandoned me.
    More Details Hide Details As I was writing and developing the material, the spirit holding all these disparate elements together just left me. I sat stunned for a moment and then realised: It's over; this is as far as it goes…In a sense, I'd been steadily working my way toward Manafon since I was a young man listening to Stockhausen and dabbling in deconstructing the pop song. Having said that, I don't think we only develop as artists practising in our chosen fields. For me that meant an exploration of intuitive states via meditation and other related disciplines which, the more I witnessed free-improv players at work, appeared to be crucially important to enable a being there in the moment, a sustained alertness and receptivity."
    In 2010 Sylvian said, "Since the early '80s I've been interested in deconstructing the familiar forms of popular song, in retaining the structure but removing the pillars of support.
    More Details Hide Details My work continually returns to this question: how much of the framework can you remove while still being able to identify what is, after all, a familiar form?" Following Dead Bees, Sylvian released a pair of compilation albums through Virgin, a two-disc retrospective, Everything and Nothing, and an instrumental collection, Camphor. Both albums contained previously released material, some remixes, and several new or previously unreleased tracks which Sylvian finished especially for the projects. Sylvian parted ways with Virgin and launched his own independent label, Samadhi Sound. He released the album Blemish. A fusion of styles, including jazz and electronica, the tour enabled Sylvian to perform music from the Nine Horses project, as well as various selections from his back catalogue. Blemish included contributions from Christian Fennesz and Derek Bailey. Sylvian used a different approach with this album. He has said about his process, "With Blemish I started each day in the studio with a very simple improvisation on guitar. Once recorded, I'd listen back and use cues from the improv—the dynamic and so on—to dictate the structure of the piece. I'd write lyrics and melody on the spot, and would follow that up with the recording of the vocal itself."
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 40
    In 1999, Sylvian released Dead Bees on a Cake, his first solo album proper since Secrets of the Beehive twelve years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details The disc gathered together the most eclectic influences of all his recordings, ranging from soul music to jazz fusion to blues to Eastern-inflected spiritual chants, and most of the songs' lyrics reflected the now 41-year-old Sylvian's inner peace resulting from his marriage, family, and beliefs. Guest musicians included long-time friend Ryuichi Sakamoto, classically trained tabla player Talvin Singh, avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot, jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and contemporary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 36
    In the late summer of 1995, Sylvian undertook a one-man solo tour which he called 'Slow Fire – A Personal Retrospective'.
    More Details Hide Details A period of relative musical inactivity followed, during which Sylvian and Ingrid Chavez moved from Minnesota to the Napa Valley. Chavez had given birth to two daughters, Ameera-Daya (born 1993) and Isobel (born 1997), and pursued her interest in photography and music. Sylvian and Chavez are now divorced.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    Sylvian declined the invitation, but he and Fripp recorded the album The First Day released in July 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Something of a departure for Sylvian, the album melded Sylvian's philosophical lyrics to funk workouts and aggressive rock stylings very much in the mould of Fripp's King Crimson. To capitalise on the album's success, the musicians went back out on the road in the autumn of 1993. A live recording, called Damage and released in 1994, was culled from the final shows of the tour. Sylvian and Fripp's final collaboration was the installation Redemption – Approaching Silence. The exhibition was held at the P3 Art and Environment centre in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and ran from 30 August to 18 September 1994. The accompanying music was composed by Sylvian, with text written and recited by Fripp.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    Chavez and Sylvian quickly developed a bond and decided to travel together throughout the UK and the US, where they eventually settled after marrying in 1992 (they divorced twelve years later).
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, guitarist Robert Fripp invited Sylvian to sing with progressive rock stalwarts King Crimson.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Also in 1990, Sylvian reunited with the former members of Japan for a new project.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike their past work, Sylvian decided to use methods of improvisation like those he explored in his work with Holger Czukay. Ingrid Chavez, an artist signed to Prince's Paisley Park Records, sent Sylvian a copy of her first album. He liked what he heard and thought her voice would fit well with some material that both Ryuichi Sakamoto and he were working on for a new Sakamoto release.
    In 1990, Sylvian collaborated with artists Russell Mills and Ian Walton on the elaborate multi-media installation using sculpture, sound and light titled Ember Glance – The Permanence of Memory.
    More Details Hide Details The exhibition was staged at the temporary museum 'Space FGO-Soko' on Tokyo Bay, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    The album yielded one of Sylvian's most well-received songs, "Orpheus", and was later followed by his first live outing as a solo artist, 1988's 80-day world tour "In Praise of Shamans", featuring Robbie Aceto, Richard Barbieri, Mark Isham, Steve Jansen, Ian Maidman and David Torn.
    More Details Hide Details Never one to conform to commercial expectations, Sylvian then collaborated with Holger Czukay. Plight and Premonition, issued in 1988, and Flux and Mutability, recorded and released the following year, also included contributions from Can members Jaki Liebezeit and Michael Karoli. Virgin decided to close out the 1980s with the release of Weatherbox, an elaborate boxed-set compilation consisting of Sylvian's four previous solo albums.
  • 1985
    Age 26
    In 1985, Sylvian released an instrumental EP Words with the Shaman, in collaboration with Jansen, Hassell and Czukay, a recording that, when re-released the same year as full-length album Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities, included the addition of Sylvian's "Steel Cathedrals", the soundtrack to his video release of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The next release was the two-record set Gone to Earth (1986), which featured one record of atmospheric vocal tracks and a second record consisting of ambient instrumentals. The album contained significant contributions from noted guitarists Bill Nelson, formerly of Be-Bop Deluxe, and Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and a rhythm section comprising Steve Jansen of Japan on drums and Ian Maidman of Penguin Cafe Orchestra on bass. Secrets of the Beehive (1987) made greater use of acoustic instruments and was musically oriented towards sombre, emotive ballads laced with shimmering string arrangements by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Brian Gascoigne.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    He also worked with Sakamoto on the UK Top 20 song "Forbidden Colours" for the 1983 Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
    More Details Hide Details Sakamoto's first contribution to Sylvian's work though was as co-writer of "Taking Islands in Africa" on the Japan-album Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980). Sylvian's debut solo album, Brilliant Trees (1984) included contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, trumpeter Jon Hassell, and former Can bassist Holger Czukay. It featured the UK Top 20 single Red Guitar.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    In 1982, Sylvian released his first solo collaborative effort with Ryuichi Sakamoto, entitled "Bamboo Houses/Bamboo Music".
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  • 1981
    Age 22
    In an October 1981 interview, at the pinnacle of the New Romantic movement in mainstream pop music, Sylvian commented "There's a period going past at the moment that may make us look as though we're in fashion."
    More Details Hide Details Japan released five studio albums between March 1978 and November 1981.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    In 1980, the band signed with Virgin Records, where Sylvian remained as a recording artist for the next twenty years.
    More Details Hide Details The band suffered from personal and creative clashes, particularly between Sylvian and Karn, with tensions springing from Sylvian's relationship with Yuka Fujii, a photographer, artist and designer, and Karn's former girlfriend. Fujii quickly became an influential figure in Sylvian's life. She was the first person to introduce Sylvian seriously to jazz, which in turn inspired him to follow musical avenues not otherwise open to him. She also encouraged Sylvian to incorporate spiritual discipline into his daily routine. Throughout his solo career, Fujii maintained a large role in the design of artwork for his albums. Japan played their final concerts in December 1982 before dissolving.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on February 23, 1958.
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