Beck is set to host a special performance of his 'Song Reader' project at the Barbican later this year.
An album without recorded music - that's the concept Beck had in mind when he released 'Song Reader'. A fully composed, arranged and transcribed series of songs, it was released on sheet music.
Allowing each track to be interpreted as the performer saw fit, Beck's 'Song Reader' has infinite possibilities. Now the American artist is set to host a one off show at the Barbican, in which a series of artists perform segments of 'Song Reader'.
Beck himself will be taking part, with the full list of guests becoming quite imposing. The latest update indicates that the following artists will be performing: Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan As Police Woman, Conor J O’Brien (Villagers), Michael Kiwanuka, The Staves, Guillemots, Pictish Trail and James Yorkston.
Taking place on July 4th, the run up to the concert will feature the Barbican and Faber Social celebrating the lifespan of the project. Using an exhibition of artwork and recordings of amateur renditions, it should be a fascinating insight into an album which has taken on a life of its own.
Beck will play the following show:
4 London Barbican