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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn is a singer, musician and songwriter with Blur and Gorillaz, as well as a composer and producer. He is the recipient of four Brits, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Award. Albarn's first full-length opera composition, Monkey: Journey to the West premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. Created in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi-Zheng, Monkey was performed entirely in Mandarin and went on to show at the Royal Opera House, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2011.

Outside of Blur and Gorillaz, releases include Mali Music, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon, Kinshasa One Two, Africa Express Presents: Maison des Jeunes and, most recently, Everyday Robots, his Mercury Prize-nominated debut solo album.

Albarn has also co-produced music for Gorillaz, Amadou & Mariam, written the film soundtrack to Ordinary Decent Criminal, 101 Reykjavik, Ravenous and Broken. He recently co-produced Bobby Womack's last album The Bravest Man in the Universe.

In 2007, he performed on the Park Stage at Glastonbury as part of Africa Express – a collective of African and Western musicians founded by Albarn, which toured the UK aboard a train to mark the Cultural Olympiad in September 2012. (link opens in new window. The National Theatre is not responsible for the content of external websites)


Published November 2015