Elvis Costello

  • Elvis Costello

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2016
  • Memoir "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" published on October 13, 2015 and entered the New York Times Bestsellers list at number 9
  • 2010 Gemini Award Winner - Best Talk Series for "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With..."
  • Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • 2004 Oscar Nominee - Best Song for “The Scarlet Tide”
  • 2003 ASCAP Winner - Founder’s Award
  • Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • 1999 Grammy Award Winner - Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "I Still Have That Other Girl"
  • 1989 MTV Video Music Award Winner - Best Male Video for "Veronica"
  • 1983 NME Award Winner - Best Songwriter/Best LP for "Punch the Clock"
  • 1978 NME Award Winner - Best Songwriter

BIOGRAPHY

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 35 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. 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, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, Allen Toussaint and the Roots.

Costello's songs have been recorded by a great number of artists. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group The Fairfield Four and the viol consort Fretwork with the countertenor 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 highly successful album ‘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 and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP's prestigious Founder's Award. There have also been a number of Grammy nominations for his recent albums ‘When I Was Cruel' and ‘The Delivery Man'.

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 Song – "The Scarlet Tide," sung by Alison Krauss in the motion picture "Cold Mountain." The song was co-written with T Bone Burnett.

The summer of 2004 saw Costello presenting a series of concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. Following concerts with the Metropole Orkest and The Imposters, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Brad Lubman, gave the premiere concert performance of ‘Il Sogno', Costello's first full-length orchestral work.

The music was originally commissioned in 2000 by the Italian Dance Company, Aterballetto, for their adaptation of Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Following performances in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Communale, the ballet was staged throughout Italy, Germany, France and Russia.

‘Il Sogno' was subsequently recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. The recording was released in the late 2004 by Deutsche Grammophon and stayed at the top of Billboard's Contemporary Classical Charts for 14 weeks.

Elvis Costello was commissioned by The Royal Danish Opera to compose an opera based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen. "The Secret Songs," a "work-in-progress" cycle extracted from the opera, was given its first performance in Copenhagen in October 2005 to an appreciative audience response and enthusiastic reviews. Costello sang both of the leading male roles, Andersen and that of the showman P.T. Barnum, while the leading female role of Jenny Lind was taken by Swedish soprano Gisela Stille.

In January 2006, Elvis Costello was a featured artist at the Sydney Festival in Australia, presenting a series of contrasting concerts. The first reunited Costello with the Brodsky Quartet for excerpts from ‘The Juliet Letters', while in the second half, Steve Nieve, double-bassist Greg Cohen and soprano Antoinette Halloran joined Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for several newly arranged excerpts from "The Secret Songs." Costello and Nieve then gave a second concert, in which they drew on some of Costello's rarely performed compositions.

The festival appearances concluded with two concerts with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Alan Broadbent at the Opera House. The program consisted of a suite from ‘Il Sogno', followed by a number of Costello's songs arranged for orchestra by Costello, Sy Johnson, Bill Frisell, Vince Mendoza and Steve Nieve. The program also included compositions by Charles Mingus and Billy Strayhorn with Costello's lyrics and songs written by Costello and Burt Bacharach for the album ‘Painted from Memory'.

Many of these compositions are also featured on ‘My Flame Burns Blue', the live recording of Costello's performance with the Metropole Orkest at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival that was released in March of 2006 by Deutsche Grammophon coupled with the suite of ‘Il Sogno' highlights.

Later that spring, Costello, Nieve and conductor Alan Broadbent presented a program similar to their Australian tour throughout the U.S., including appearances with San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Austin and Baltimore's symphony orchestras.

2007 saw Costello tour extensively with The Imposters and also with Allen Toussaint throughout the USA and Europe. In autumn 2007 he undertook a highly successful tour, performing solo on "The Bob Dylan Show."

In late 2007, Costello completed his work on a commission from The Miami City Ballet when he collaborated with world-famous choreographer Twyla Tharp. The work, entitled "NIGHTSPOT," was premiered in Miami to great critical acclaim in March 2008. A new album with The Imposters entitled ‘Momofuku' had already been recorded in secrecy in a period of just seven days and was released on April 22, 2008.

Costello embraced the role of talk show host with the launch of his internationally acclaimed music series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…. Premiering in December 2008, Spectacle was a compelling blend of the best of talk and music television that offered a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the creative process. The program's two seasons saw an eclectic and extraordinary array of guests – including Sir Elton John, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Dianna Krall and President Bill Clinton – join host Elvis Costello to chat, perform and share their passion for all kinds of music.

‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane,' Costello's 29th studio album, was recorded during a three-day session at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio and released by Hear Music on June 2, 2009. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, Costello's highest album chart position since 1980's Get Happy. Following its release, Costello toured extensively with the featured musicians on the album dubbed the Sugarcanes.

The following year saw Costello return to work with producer T Bone Burnett on ‘National Ransom,' released by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on November 2, 2010. Costello supplemented the album's release with a full week of appearances, including performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, and an episode of PBS' Live In The Artists Den, filmed in front of 500 fans in the New York City Public Library's main branch.

In May 2011 Elvis Costello and the Imposters reunited for the Revolver Tour. For the first time since 1986, Costello revived the Spectacular Spinning Songbook – a 15-foot-tall game-show wheel containing the titles of hits and rarities from his discography, which audience members spun to determine each show's set-list. On April 3, 2012, UME released ‘Elvis Costello and the Imposters: The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!,' as a CD, DVD and all-inclusive limited edition box set that also contained a vinyl EP, hardcover photo book, and more. The release captured Costello's 2-night performance at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre, which the LA Times praised as "the kind of uniquely invigorating experience that warrants a buzzword all its own: inspiring." The Revolver Tour did 5 legs of North American touring before heading to the U.K., Japan and Australia making it one of his most successful tours.

Following a year's worth of experimental recording sessions, Elvis Costello and the Roots completed their collaborative album ‘Wise Up Ghost.' Produced by longtime Roots associate Steven Mandel and released by Blue Note Records on September 17, 2013, the album debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200, with NPR describing it as "the best of Costello's stuff and like nothing he's ever done before." In the fall of 2013 Costello toured the Northeast of the US solo eventually naming the tour "The Last Years of my Youth". In 2014 Costello made his Carnegie Hall debut, before returning to the UK to headline Kew Gardens. Costello appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in early September before resuming his solo tour of the U.S. The 13 date tour re-named ‘Detour' started in Boulder, CO in March 2015 and wound it's way through the mid west to Fort Lauderdale, FL. The tour garnered Costello some of the most effusive reviews of his career. Amongst them the Denver Post called it "the best showcase of [Elvis'> talent to date", and the Kansas City-Star said "To carry a room as big as the Uptown, a good one-person show requires an entertainer with either a large, vibrant personality or a deep reservoir of memorable music. Costello brought both."

Costello brought the ‘Detour' to the UK before returning to North America to begin a 21- date summer amphitheater tour with the Imposters opening for Steely Dan . In October of 2015 his autobiography ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink' will be released by Penguin Books along with an accompanying ‘soundtrak' album of the same name.

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