The Can Project

featuring Irmin Schmidt, Malcolm Mooney and Thurston Moore

8 April 2017 / 19:30
The Barbican is saddened by the news of legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeitís death and our sympathies are with Jakiís family and the Can team. The Can Project concert in the Barbican Hall planned for 8 April will go ahead, with further line-up details to be communicated in due course.

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Founding member Irmin Schmidt premieres an orchestral†reinterpretation of classic Can material alongside new work with the London Symphony Orchestra, before an all-star band of former Can members and long-time admirers pay tribute to their pioneering music.

Assembling their music through improvisation and studio editing, Canís writing process resembled collage. Tonight, Can founder Irmin Schmidt takes that approach to their entire oeuvre, conducting the world premiere of his piece An homage to Can, written with Gregor Schwellenbach, which weaves together quotations and abstractions of some of the bandís most renowned pieces.

After an extended interval screening of Canís 1972 performance at Cologne Sporthalle, the second half of the show brings together a supergroup led by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), featuring Canís first singer Malcolm Mooney, realising and reinterpreting the bandís music.

Laying the foundations of what came to be known as Krautrock, Can became one of the most influential avant-rock groups of all time, and echoes of their work is audible in everything from Joy Division, to Radiohead, to Kanye West. Can combined the deconstructed rockíníroll of The Velvet Underground, the determined rhythmic propulsion of Sly & the Family Stone, and the appetite for studio experimentation of their former teacher Karlheinz Stockhausen to create a new kind of rock music Ė something avant-garde and groovy, both wildly experimental and utterly compelling.

The show will be preceded by a Q&A with Rob Young, author of a new book devoted to Can, published by Faber & Faber†Ė one-part biography, one part memoir by Schmidt himself.

After the show there will be a DJ set by The Kosmische Club; set up back in 1996 in a bid to introduce London to Krautrock, the club now hosts nights across the UK and Europe bringing Krautrock to the masses.
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