5 February 2016
Marc will be presenting a special one off performance alongside Stephen Coates at an event about the history of Russian bootleg recordings entitled X-Ray Audio at Rough Trade East. Entry is free but limited. For further information and to book a space visit www.roughtrade.com
3 February 2016
A video of The Green Fairy which was recorded in November 2015 at the Against Nature live workshop in front of an invited audience from Kickstarter is now available to view on YouTube.
31 December 2015
Thank you everyone for a great 2015 and what a brilliant year it's been.
I released a brand new album of original songs co-written, produced and played by Chris Braide to a really warm reception with a number of singles and clips to go with it; Scar, Bad To Me, Life In My Own Way and Demon Lover. There was also a tour, The Velvet Trail tour took me across Britain as well as Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia and Croatia and continues into next year with Spain and beyond.
I toured with Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band as a special guest singing songs from David Bowie's classic album The Man Who Sold The World as well as classic Bowie songs, duetting with Glen Gregory of Heaven 17. I also continued guesting on the Jools Holland tour in 2015, visiting Istanbul on the way. I covered a lot of Britain in 2015!
I did my first Kickstarter fund to realise my long time dream of recording a Song Cycle Pop Operetta piece based on JK Huysmans Against Nature, a fabulous and Strange decadent novel. I worked on the project with Othon composing with a libretto by Jeremy Reed. We went over our target thanks to you and recorded the album. I hope we can take it further in the future to performance stage and it'll have a wider public release next year. It was great fun meeting many of you in the playbacks, workshop and pledge tea at the Wolsley prizes. Thank you all again for making it happen.
I worked with the fantastic Leeds College Of Music students on a show project and next year we take it a couple of steps further to a full special concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on 10 July (it also doubles as a birthday show) when I will be joined by musicians and choir (up to 50 people) singing Torch songs, some of which I've done before and many I haven't. I've a lot to learn, as well as some of my own songs and classics. It's going to be a great show and tickets are on sale now.
First Third Books bought out a beautiful glossy photo Biog. I loved working with Ritchie and Fabrice of First Third and we all were dismayed of how many great shots we had to leave out because of space and design limitations. Fabrice did a fabulous design job on the book. A lot of Love went into it.
My documentary on Vadim Kozin with producer and director Monica Whitlock went out on BBC World Service on 27 December and is available to hear online. It was a thrill to do, thank you to the BBC and Monica for making it happen and to all who took part and helped us in Moscow, and the next stage we hope is to take it into a documentary film project.
I presented Holly Johnson with his Attitude Icon Award and ended the working year taking part in a charity concert St Albans Cathedral singing some of my classics with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. What a diverse and creative year.
Already I'm planning things for next year; apart from the Festival Hall show, I'll be appearing at all Rewind shows, more shows abroad and a stint at Wilton's doing a varied program in the Autumn (though there will be no tickets on sale until mid year so don't call them yet)
There will be a special release much later in the year but no new original material until 2017 which will be a landmark year for me.
All that's left is to wish you all a wonderful Happy New Year, a great 2016 and thank you all for your support.
Marc Almond 2015
16 December 2015
Marc will be live on the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune at 4.30pm today talking about his forthcoming documentary In Search Of Vadim Kozin.
In Search Of Vadim Kozin is broadcast 2pm on BBC World Service on 27 December 2015.
Marc Almond travels to Moscow in search of the marvellous Russian tenor, tango-singer and superstar, Vadim Kozin.
The darling of the Soviet Union, Kozin melted hearts by the tens of millions in the 1940s, playing to packed concert halls and rallying Red Army troops in World War II. Kozin made dozens of hit records and lived the high life of a celebrity in the rarest circles around Stalin. But he vanished one day in 1944 when the secret police arrested him and sent him to the GULAG for homosexuality. His records were pulled from the shops, his voice from the radio. The public thought him dead, but Kozin would spend the next 50 years in Siberia, still singing and performing in the strange, looking-glass world of internal exile.
Marc fell in love with Kozin's radiant voice when he heard it on a tape while on a tour of Russia 20 years ago. Now he hunts down the faint traces that remain of the man himself - an old friend from Siberia, a diary and a handful of photographs. Each fragment reveals something of this enigmatic celebrity and his extraordinary life that spanned the whole of the Soviet century. For further information visit www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/52/vadim-kozin-search
9 December 2015
The soundtrack album for series three of the TV show Hannibal, scored by Brian Reitzel, features an original track by Marc Almond titled Snake Charmer as well as one featuring Siouxsie Sioux. For further information and to order visit filmmusicdaily.com
4 November 2015
The BBC Music documentary, Better Than The Original: The Joy Of The Cover Version, which features Marc, will be broadcast in the UK this Friday, 6 November, at 10pm on BBC FOUR.
27 October 2015
On Saturday 24 October the Against Nature album played back for the first time to Kickstarter pledgers. Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon welcomed 24 pledgers to Dean Street Studios and the reaction to the album was fantastic. Thank you to all who pledged and attended.
3 October 2015
On 7 November Marc will be appearing as a special guest at La Nuit De La Diva, the long awaited Immodesty Blaize show at the Cafe Royal. The evening will be compered by Scottee and they will be joined by soaring soprano from company Gestalt Arts, a smoking hot Jazz trio and the cream of cabaret aristes. This never to be repeated one off show is part of the Cafe Royal's 150th Anniversary celebrations. Tickets include meal, wine and, of course, the show and are priced at £200. For tickets please send an email to email@example.com
15 July 2015