ELVIS COSTELLO has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 25 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for recent concert appearances with pianist, Steve Nieve. His recordings include “This Year's Model”,”Imperial Bedroom”,”King of America”, “Blood and Chocolate”, “Spike”, “All This Useless Beauty” and “When I Was Cruel”. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie Von Otter, guitarist, Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra and record producer and songwriter, T Bone Burnett.
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Costello's songs have been recorded by a great number of artistes. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group, The Fairfield Four and the viol consort, Fretwork with the counter tenor, Michael Chance. In 2003 he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her Spring 2004 release, “The Girl In The Other Room”.
During his career Costello has received several prestigious honours, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for “The Juliet Letters”, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale's television drama series, “G.B.H.” and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, “Painted From Memory”.
Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP's prestigious Founder's Award and nominated for three Grammy's for his album “When I Was Cruel”.
The late 2003 Deutsche Grammophon release,”North”, an album of piano ballads composed, orchestrated and conducted by Costello, retained the number one position on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart for five weeks. In 2004 Costello was nominated for an Oscar for Best S - “The Scarlet Tide” from the film “Cold Mountain” written with T Bone Burnett.
2004 will see Costello presenting a series of concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. The legendary Netherlands Metropole Orkest makes its North American debut in an exclusive collaboration that will only be presented at The Lincoln Center and at this summer's North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. Costello joins a long list of musical luminaries who have collaborated with the orchestra since it was founded, including Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan.
In addition to a short tour of Italy and Portugal in the spring with Steve Nieve, there are also plans to return to the recording studio with Costello's band,'The Imposters', which also features Nieve, bassist, Davey Farragher and drummer, Pete Thomas. An album of new Costello compositions will be released in the Fall of 2004 by the Nashville-based “Lost Highway” imprint.
The Lincoln Center Festival will also feature the North American Premiere of ÔIl Sogno', Costello's first full length, orchestral work. The music was originally commissioned in 2000 by the Italian Dance Company, Aterbaletto, for their adaptation of Shakespeare's ”A Midsummer Night's Dream”. Following a premiere performance in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Communale, the ballet was staged throughout Italy, Germany, France and Russia. ÔIl Sogno' was subsequently recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. The recording will be released in the Fall of 2004 by Deutsche Grammophon.
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