Martin Creed: Words and Music

KADIST co-presents a multi-media evening with Martin Creed. Those familiar with the Turner Prize-winning artist will know that one of the many engaging aspects of his live performances, regardless of the venue and context, is the unpredictability of the proceedings. That said, we promise guitars and projectors.

Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and grew up in Glasgow. He learned violin from the age of three, changing to piano and guitar as a teenager. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1986 and 1990. Soon after graduating he began producing musical compositions alongside his visual work.

In 2001 Creed won the Turner Prize and moved to Alicudi, a remote island near Sicily. Over the years he has exhibited, talked, and performed music all over the world. Creed has composed orchestral works for the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2008), Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra (2009) and the London Sinfonietta (2012). His latest album, “Thoughts Lined Up” (2016) was recorded live on tape in a small studio in Brixton, London, with a band that included flute, saxophone, classical singers, and lap steel.

Many of Creed’s songs are accompanied by his own films and videos. A retrospective of his audio-visual works was exhibited in 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Alongside his films the show featured a troupe of roving musicians playing music live in the gallery and a series of cabaret performances by Creed and his band.