Release date: 20.05.2016
Irmin Schmidt is a founding member of the legendary band Can. His solo work is being made available here as individual releases outside of the now sold out box set ‘Electro Violet’. These CD albums cover his beautiful and memorising soundtrack and operatic work as well as his avant garde recordings as a solo artist and as a collaborator with Kumo and Bruno Spoerri. After a classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt - who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established Can in the late 60s, combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished and recently Irmin Schmidt was awarded a Knighthood - the Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres - for his contribution to arts and culture by the French Ministry Of Culture. When all Can members decided to part and explore new sounds, Irmin teamed up with Swiss jazz and electronics musician Bruno Spoerri to make his first post-Can album: ‘Toy Planet’ (1981). Over the years, he continued his work for film and released his second solo album, ‘Musk At Dusk’ (1987), followed by ‘Impossible Holidays’ (1991). The previously unreleased album, ‘Filmmusik Anthology Vol. 6’, includes music from across over 100 soundtracks and theatre compositions that Schmidt has worked on over the past three decades, with music from ‘Palermo Shooting’ (Wim Wenders, 2008), ‘Schneeland’ (Hans W Geissendörfer, 2005) as well as the critically acclaimed German TV series ‘Bloch & Tatort’ plus the TV film ‘Mord In Eberswalde’ by Stephan Wagner, for which Schmidt won the Best Film Music Award from the Deutsche Akademie Für Fernsehen in 2013.