Damon Albarn Plans Even More New Projects

23 Jun

Recording in Congo, possible Blur U.S. tour, instrumental album with Flea

Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn likes to stay busy. And a new Albarn profile in The Guardian gives us a bit more indication of just how busy Albarn will be in the coming months. Albarn’s big current project is his theatrical production Dr. Dee: An English Opera, a musical account of the life of Queen Elizabeth I’s medical and scientific advisor. Albarn wrote the opera, and he’ll also star in it; it premieres July 1-9 at the Manchester International Festival. But that’s just a tiny sliver of what Albarn has planned.

As The Guardian reports, after Dr. Dee wraps up its Manchester run, it’ll play next year at the London Coliseum as part of the Cultural Olympiad, in conjunction with the Olympics. Albarn is also planning to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo soon for “a project in which DJs and producers will record and sample Congolese music, and aim to complete a record in not much more than a week.” The Guardianalso says that the reunited Blur “may” finally return to the U.S. to play a few shows. Um, yes please. (Asked about the possibility of any new Blur music, Albarn wasn’t willing to say much.)Last year, we reported that Albarn is also part of a new trio with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the latter of whom was already Albarn’s bandmate in the Good, the Bad, and the Queen. According to The Guardian, the trio is finishing up work on a “mostly instrumental” album. Allen also contributes to the score of Dr. Dee, a production that, according to Albarn, is intended to evolve rather than to maintain a static existence.Below, check out video of Albern playing an acoustic version of “Apple Carts”, a song from Dr. Dee, on British TV.

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