2009 Event Media Release - Michael Nyman Band
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Michael Nyman Band
'Invigorating and exciting…the Nyman band has a rock energy in performance’
The Herald, Scotland
Making a return to the Concert Hall stage after 7 years, Sydney Opera House in association
with Arts Projects Australia presents one of Britain’s most innovative and acclaimed
composers, Michael Nyman and his 11 piece band for one night only, Sunday 26 July.
Drawing on selections from some of his most memorable film scores including The Piano,
Wonderland and The End of the Affair, this superb concert will also feature Nyman's exceptional
scores from Greenaway's most mesmerising films.
With more than 75 film scores to his credit, Nyman is without doubt one of Britain's most
successful and prolific living composers. He is best-known to movie-goers for the score to Jane
Campion's The Piano - one of the most popular film soundtracks ever written, with sales of
almost 3 million copies.
His hugely successful collaboration with film-maker Peter Greenaway resulted
in film scores that integrated perfectly with the Director's intentions and could
stand alone as masterpieces of the genre. Nyman's music for Greenaway
films such as The Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife
and Her Lover found new audiences for the art of film music and revived
interest in the melding of the two artforms.
In addition to his movie work, his musical portfolio includes string quartets, opera, concertos
as well as avant-garde arrangements. His distinctive style draws upon classical, minimalism,
pop and jazz. It was, in fact, Nyman who coined the term "minimalism" to describe English
composer Cornelius Cardew's The Great Learning.
It is through his film scores, though, that Michael Nyman's music is instantly recognisable to
people around the world. The Michael Nyman Band performs a broad repertoire that
demonstrates Nyman's instinctive ability to engage his audience through his soaring
imagination, his willingness to experiment and his wry sense of humour.
Michael Nyman formed the Campiello Band in 1976 to perform his score for the National
Theatre (London) production of Goldoni's Campiello. With a mix of early music and folk
instruments alongside modern instruments, the Band began performing in the National Theatre
foyer in 1977. Eventually, the early music instruments were replaced with modern equivalents
and the band was renamed The Michael Nyman Band, comprising a string quartet, three
saxophones, bass trombone, bass guitar and Nyman's own inimitable and propulsive piano-playing.
Nyman is also a well known author, musicologist, photographer and film maker. With his
unique and memorable sound, his multi-faceted career has made him one of the most
fascinating cultural icons of our times.
Dates: Sunday 26 July
Venue: Concert Hall
Duration: 2 hours including one 20 minute interval
Tickets: $49 - $110 (Students $30)
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com / 9250 7777
Media Enquiries: Claire Vince, Senior Publicist
email@example.com / 9250 7825 / 0401 711 531