Can’s Irmin Schmidt releasing new live album, Nocturne

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Church bells and live piano meander through ambient.

Can co-founder Irmin Schmidt is releasing a new album, called Nocturne: Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, via Mute this May.

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Nocturne is comprised of three live piano pieces recorded at the 2019 edition of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, alongside pre-recorded bell and ambient sounds.

“The same as one can see faces and animals in the shapes of clouds, one can sometimes – particularly at night between the state of sleep and consciousness – let music structures appear out of the noises that surround you,” says Schmidt.

Nocturne follows Mute’s release of a 4xLP box set of Schmidt’s solo work and film scores, called Villa Wunderbar.

Head here for more info in advance of Nocturne: Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s 29th May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Klavierstück II
2. Nocturne
3. Yonder

Photo by: Lucia Bauer