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Barbican announces The Can Project

Irmin Schmidt with London Symphony Orchestra/Thurston Moore + special guests
Saturday 8 April 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee

Keyboardist, composer and frequent collaborator Irmin Schmidt – who turns 80 in 2017 – is perhaps best known as a founding member of Can, leading avant-garde rock group of the 70s, and key influencers on the development of electronic music. In this Barbican show in Can’s 50th anniversary year, Schmidt will be conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, presenting the world premiere of an original orchestral work composed by Irmin SchmidtandGregor Schwellenbach: An homage to Can, containing quotations of some of the band’s most well-known pieces. In addition Irmin Schmidt will also conduct the world premiere of the concert version of his ballet music La Fermosa. The second half of the show provides a diverging experience of Can material, as realised by a specially curated rock “supergroup” brought together by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore featuring Jaki Liebezeit, ex-Can drummer as well as Can’s first singer Malcom Mooney, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and James Sedwards (Thurston Moore Group) plus special guests tba.


Electro Violet is the career spanning retrospective from legendary avant-garde composer Irmin Schmidt, out on Mute / Spoon Records on 20 November 2015. This 12 CD deluxe box set takes you on a journey through his entire solo work from 1981 to the present day.

Irmin Schmidt is a founding member of Can, the German band whose unparalleled genius remains unquestioned, timeless and immeasurably influential. When all Can members decided to part and explore new sounds, Irmin teamed up with Swiss jazz and electronics musician Bruno Spoerri to make his first post-Can album, Toy Planet (1981), which opens the box set. The collection then travels through to his Gormenghast opera, solo albums, collaborations with Kumo (Jono Podmore) and Duncan Fallowell, plus his extensive and award winning film soundtrack work.



Release date: 14th November 2011 - Mute

Release date: 18th November 2011 - Warner Music

Spoon Records and Mute announce the release of the 40th anniversary edition of the classic CAN album Tago Mago on 14th November 2011. Warner Music Group Germany will be releasing the Tago Mago 40th anniversary edition from 18th November.

The new edition of this genre-defying album comes packaged in the original UK artwork for the first time since 1971, and includes a bonus CD featuring 50 mins of unreleased live material from 1972, remastered in 2011.

Official Press Release Monday 5th September 2011

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