Fri, Dec 5th | 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
Welsh violist, pianist, composer, and singer John Cale's singular career began in contemporary classical music, where he was mentored by Aaron Copland and worked with John Cage and minimalists Terry Riley and La Monte Young in the ‘60s. He co-founded the influential band Velvet Underground along with Lou Reed. In addition to his recordings with the Velvet Underground, Cale has released numerous solo albums, including last year's album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. Cale has produced seminal recordings including the Stooges 1969 debut, Patti Smith Band's Horses (1975), Squeeze's 1978 debut, and albums by Happy Mondays, Alejandro Escovedo, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Jesus Lizard, and Jonathan Richman among many others. He has also written scores for films including American Psycho and Basquiat, and his penultimate cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was featured in the film Shrek and countless other films and TV episodes. Cale was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 and created an audio/video installation for the Wales Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale of Art. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Cale is riding another wave of experimentalism with recent re-mix projects featuring collaborations with a new breed of electronic artists including Actress, Maria Minerva, and Tim Hecker. His recent collaborations with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Danger Mouse, Laurel Halo and others - continues to solidify his current place as much as his history.