New wave giant Elvis Costello will perform for the first time in Prague
On Friday, at the Congress Center in the Chamber, one of the most prominent English new wave singers and guitarists Elvis Costello will play. Based on pub rock, but over the years, absorbed in his colourful and inventive production of many other styles like soul, rhythm and blues and country and rockabilly and punk and jazz. He composed songs with his wife, Diana Krall and Paul McCartney.
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If someone joins a new wave of Police, Talking Heads and The Stranglers and (not Duran Duran and Depeche Mode are not really representatives of the new wave) and its width narrows quite and ignores one of the most prominent figures of the English scene of the late seventies, which was Elvis Costello, real name Declan McManus.
Initially focused like Ian Dury on pub rock with strong elements of country, which was compounded by his collaboration with guitarist Nick Lowe. He produced his 1977 album My Aim Is True, which brought a sharp blend of songs on the border between punk and pub rock with echoes of other genres. It is easy to see that Costello had listened like a good population of Liverpool Beatles, Kinks but also from whom he married sarcasm, and soul and Burt Bacharach.
The band Attraction made another great album This Years Model and Armed Forces, in the early eighties he realised that the new wave is not so new and enriching the sound of your soul procedures. He was inspired by Hank Williams. In 1982, then appeared a Beatles tribute Imperiail Bedroom, which featured the trumpet of Chet Baker. However, not only did Costello admire the Beatles, but his talent was so great that he later collaborated with Paul McCartney, with whom he wrote several songs.
The breadth and persistent desire to explore new forms of expression indicative of The Juliet Letters from the early nineties, where he was accompanied by the Brodsky Quartet. That was not unique, in the new millennium slept and chamber opera The Secrets Songs. Costello, however, also filmed with jazz pianist Bill Frisell and composed songs with his third wife, the jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. The list of his musical partners, however, is much broader, appearing between them and theorist Brian Eno ambient music and more.