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Damon Albarn to premiere new orchestral piece in May 2020

By | Published on Thursday 3 October 2019

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn has announced that he will premiere a new orchestral piece, titled ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’, in May next year.

Written for orchestra, electronics, vocals and piano, the piece is inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, while its title is taken from John Clare poem ‘Love And Memory’. Its first two performances will take place in Brussels, after which the piece will tour Europe, including shows in London and Dublin.

The blurb for the work describes Albarn as “a frequent visitor to Iceland for almost three decades”, adding that this is a “very personal piece”.

After premiering at Bozar in Brussels on 17-18 May, the follow on tour will hit London’s Barbican on 26 May and Dublin’s National Concert Hall on 31 May and 1 Jun. More information here.