MICHAEL NYMAN BAND
The concert of the Michael Nyman Band on 9 November, initially planned to take place at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, moves to the Rockhal (Esch / Alzette) due to production matters. All tickets bought stay valid.
For any further questions you can contact the Rockhal by mail (info(at)rockhal.lu) or by phone on +352 24 555 1. All information about the Rockhal and how to get there you can find online on www.rockhal.lu. Rockhal recommends the use of public transport: Your concert ticket gives you free public transport in the whole Grand Duchy on the 9 November, the train station Belval-University is directly situated at the Rockhal.
As one of Britain's most innovative and celebrated composers, Nyman's work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he's also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film-maker. Now is your chance to hear some of Nyman’s most familiar compositions from film scores as well as other work live. Accompanied by his band, Michael Nyman's appearance at the Rockhal on 9 November 2013 offers a rare chance to see the master in action.
Nyman first made his mark on the musical world in the late 1960s, when he invented the term 'minimalism' and, still in his mid-twenties, earned one of his earliest commissions, to write the libretto for Birtwistle's 1969 opera “Down By The Greenwood Side”. In 1976 he formed his own ensemble, the Campiello Band (now the Michael Nyman Band) and over three decades and more, the group has been the laboratory for much of his inventive and experimental compositional work.
His most notable scores number a dozen Peter Greenaway films, including such classics as “The Draughtsman's Contract” and “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”; Neil Jordan's “The End Of The Affair”; several Michael Winterbottom features including “Wonderland” and “A Cock And Bull Story”; the Hollywood blockbuster “Gattaca” - and, of course, his unforgettable music for Jane Campion's 1993 film, “The Piano”, the soundtrack album of which has sold more than three million copies. He also co-wrote the score for the 1999 film “Ravenous” with his friend and sometime protégé, Damon Albarn.
Most recently his music was used in the 2009 BAFTA award winning and Oscar nominated film, “Man on Wire”. His reputation among highbrow critics is built upon an enviable body of work written for a wide variety of ensembles, including not only his own band, but also symphony orchestra, choir and string quartet. He has also written widely for the stage. His operas include “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” (1986) and “Facing Goya” (2000) and he has provided ballet music for a number of the world's most distinguished choreographers.
Nyman brings you a special evening of music featuring some of his most renowned, critically acclaimed and loved works throughout his illustrious years as one of the world's leading composers. See and hear Michael Nyman performing live at the Rockhal on 9 November 2013.