John Cale
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Timeline: 2018

Lady Bird soundtrack

Days of Steam on Lady Bird soundtrack

Days of Steam, from his album The Academy In Peril, is included in the soundtrack for the new movie Lady Bird. It is the second time that this track was used in a movie, after being featured in Paul Morrissey's Heat in 1972, as part of a trade for the cover by Andy Warhol.

The soundtrack also features songs by Alanis Morissette, Haim, The Monkees, Reel Big Fish, Love, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Ani Difranco. The album is released on Lakeshore Records.

Paul Sanchez est revenu!

Paul Sanchez est revenu! soundtrack

Composes the soundtrack for Paul Sanchez est revenu!, directed by Patricia Mazuy. They collaborated before when he wrote the score for Saint-Cyr (2000) and Sport de Filles (2012).

John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective in London

He performs two career-spanning shows @ Barbican Hall in London (March 9-10) with the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Houzse Gospel Choir. The shows are billed as John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective:

Nimbly navigating both the Experimental and Pop worlds, John Cale performs a career-spanning set with help from the London Contemporary Orchestra and the House Gospel Choir.

Since before his time as the Velvet Underground's Avant-Gardist-in-residence, Cale has been a totally uncompromising artist, embracing manifold musical approaches across his remarkable career. Tonight, joined by the LCO, he's exploring the enormous scope of his musical output; playing selections from the Velvet Underground, the proto-minimalist songs of The Dream Syndicate - his collaboration with La Monte Young and others - and the richly enigmatic music from his landmark solo albums.

His is a difficult career to summarise succinctly - who else could have collaborated with both Terry Riley and the Happy Mondays? He's a Classical composer and Pop genius; virtuosic violist and vitriolic Rock 'n' Roller; moody Drone artist and pastoral Welsh songwriter.
When The Day Is Done - The Orchestrations Of Robert Kirby

I Keep A Close Watch on Robert Kirby album

(I Keep A) Close Watch is included on the When The Day Is Done - The Orchestrations Of Robert Kirby compilation. Kirby wrote the string and choir arrangments for the song that was released on Helen of Troy. Cale and Kirby had first ran into each other during the recording of Nick Drake's Bryter Layter album in 1970.

Poster for the Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert in Shanghai

Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Memorial Concer in Shanghai

On July 11 he re-imagines tracks from The Velvet Underground & Nico and the bulk of White Light/White Heat once again at Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China. Billed as a Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert.

"The Velvet Underground were art-rock pioneers, redefining what rock music could mean and do, casting a long shadow over everything from post-punk to new-wave for the next five decades. Their debut album in 1967, with German singer Nico, would go on to become one of the most influential albums of all time. Music producer Brian Eno said that "The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but everyone who bought one went out and started a band." To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has curated a concert with founding member John Cale and longtime collaborator Joey Maramba, and special guests like Zhang Shouwang (Carsick Cars, White +), Yang Yulong (Chui Wan), Yang Fan (Ourself Beside Me) and Li Qing (Snapline) filling out the roster."

End Of The Road Festival interview

He is interviewed by American musician and songwriter Ezra Furman at the End Of The Road Festival in Salisbury, UK. He performed with an orchestra at the festival on September 2.

Poster for The Velvet Underground Experience

The Velvet Underground Experience in NYC: October 10 - December 23

Two years after The Velvet Underground - New York Extravaganza exhibition in Paris, the artefacts, sounds and movies get another outing in the band's hometown New York. Renamed The Velvet Underground Experience it opens on October 10 at 718 Broadway. He does a Q& on October 11.

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