​Damon Albarn Reveals New Orchestral Project

The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows will tour Europe next year

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Oct 2, 2019

Damon Albarn has revealed that his latest musical endeavour is a project by the name of the Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, which will find him performing with an ensemble that features orchestral instrumentation, electronics, vocals and piano.
Albarn said that the new work is inspired by the Icelandic landscapes, and it takes its name from a John Clare poem called "Love and Memory."
The full lineup will tour Europe next spring, and you can see the full list of upcoming shows below. The London performance at the Barbican will also feature the conductor André de Ridder.

A press release for the project, explains it like this:

The land of the midnight sun, Iceland is a unique country, filled with an abundance of natural beauty; glaciers, volcanoes, thermal springs, mountains and stunning headlands. Stretching across two continents; it's a land where North America and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. What can be more fascinating than the signs of the passage of time and the fragility of nature.

This new piece from Albarn, a frequent visitor to Iceland for almost three decades, will see the musician perform this new, very personal piece with an ensemble of orchestra instrumentation, electronics, vocals and piano. The title is taken from a John Clare poem entitled
Love and Memory.
In addition to his work with Blur and Gorillaz, Albarn's other recent projects include a final album with the Good the Bad and the Queen, a record with Africa Express, writing music for the film The Kid Who Would Be King and scoring the stage production Wonder.land.
Tour dates:
05/17 Brussels, Belgium - Bozar
05/18 Brussels, Belgium - Bozar
05/20 Budapest, Hungary - Mupa
05/21 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw
05/23 Paris, France - Philharmonie
05/24 Paris, France - Philharmonie
05/25 Lyon, France - Auditorium - Orchestre National de Lyon
05/26 London, England - Barbican
05/27 Nantes, France - Cité des Congrès
05/29 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Philharmonie
05/31 Dublin, Ireland - National Concert Hall
06/01 Dublin, Ireland - National Concert Hall

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