Nine Forty Live: John Cale with opening band Drakkar Sauna
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
- Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence
- Cost: $40
- Age limit: All ages
Doors open 7pm, show at 8pm.
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’s Horses (1975), Squeeze’s 1978 debut, and albums by Happy Mondays, Alejandro Escovedo, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Jesus Lizard, 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,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.
Despite being far more stable and far less dead than some of their musical heroes, Lawrence’s own Drakkar Sauna still manages to produce music just as heartbreakingly pretty as their country-roots forbearers. When Wallace Cochran was young, he couldn’t stop talking about himself except to give misleading directions or have asthma attacks. When Jeff Stolz was young he hunted boar in Pretoria and watched, doe-eyed & silent, while his father used his skill as a jungle fighter to install de Klerk as State President. Together they have released three full length recordings with the Portland, Oregon based Marriage Records. They have toured the continental United States, trying to put right what once went wrong and, hopefully, find their way home.