David Sylvian

English musician (born 1958) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt; 23 February 1958)[6] is an English musician, singer and songwriter who came to prominence in the late 1970s as frontman and principal songwriter of the band Japan.[7] The band's androgynous look and increasingly electronic sound made them an important influence on the UK's early-1980s New Romantic scene.[4]

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David Sylvian
Singer with quiff upstanding on stage with microphone on stand and atmospheric deep red lighting
Sylvian in 1982
Background information
Birth nameDavid Alan Batt
Born (1958-02-23) 23 February 1958 (age 65)
OriginBeckenham, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1974–present
Formerly of
(m. 1992; div. 2003)

Following their break-up, Sylvian embarked on a solo career with his debut album Brilliant Trees (1984). His solo work has been described by AllMusic as "far-ranging and esoteric", and has included collaborations with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Fripp, Holger Czukay, Jon Hassell, Bill Nelson and Fennesz.[8]

While his recordings of the 1980s and 1990s were a mixture of pop, jazz fusion, and avant-garde experimentalism mixed with ambient, his more recent compositions have drawn increasingly on musical minimalism and free improvisation.

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