STEVE NIEVE PLAYS ELVIS COSTELLO:
PIANO SOLOS & REINTERPRETATIONS OF ELVIS’ BEST SONGS
WITH SPECIAL GUEST, TALL ULYSSE
Steve Nieve, Piano virtuoso, journeyman musician member of the
Attractions and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer embarks on limited tour of US
Exclusive run to be featured in larger cities, debuts in
LOS ANGELES at LARGO ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Ends in NYC on October 3, 2014
Gifted piano virtuoso and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Nieve, renowned for his work with Elvis Costello and the Attractions, is bringing an amazing night of music to the US for an exclusive seven city tour. Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello: Piano Solo Reinterpretations of Elvis’ Best Songs with Special Guest, Tall Ulysse”
The mini-tour will begin in Los Angeles on September 22, and weave its way through seven of the USA’s most fun and interesting cities: LA, as mentioned, Portland, Napa Valley, Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia and ending in NYC, on October 3rd, 2014 at City Winery.
The show will consist of an evening of piano music accompanied by singer, Tall Ulysse. Although they had, the same line up in the past it’s the first time they will be playing a repertoire of another artist in a very interesting “exercice de style.”
“I am working to record piano solos of music by artists I love, Brian Eno, Robert Wyatt, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Costello and Elvis Presley, Neil Young, Lou Reed. Sometimes, when playing their songs, I adhere strictly to their melodies and other times their music is like a launch pad.
“I have been playing with Elvis for many years, with the Attractions, with the Imposters, with Burt Bacharach with Alan Toussaint, so many projects together, it feels natural to me to begin this series with E.C.” said Steve.
Elvis Costello says, “After playing 34 years with me it was almost predictable this could happen, however it’s a surprise to discover these tunes revisited by my friend, never too close to the ‘model’ and never so far from the spirit.”
Tall Ulysse, the singer who is accompanying him on this tour is Parisian composer and lead vocalist. “We have many musical ‘surprises’ for these shows. It promises to be fun, new, and musically interesting For me, it is an honor to be singing the words of such a lyrical master.”
Steve currently records and performs with the Steve Nieve Band, along with Francois Poggio on guitar and Tall Ulysse on vocals and drums. Projects in the works include “The Idiot Boy,” a chamber orchestral setting of William Wordsworth’s masterpiece, “The Table”, a second Téodori / Nieve opera, and a flute concerto for Flute and String Orchestra composed for Andrea Grimminelli.
Steve may be best recognized as a member of the Attractions, the Imposters, but his resume is long and deep: gifted piano prodigy, who composes music for film, and is featured on recordings from Bowie to Squeeze and everyone in between, and of course THE integral member of Elvis’ long and storied musical arc.
TOUR DATES INCLUDE:
22 September Los Angeles, CA Largo
23 September Portland, OR Mississippi Studio,
24 September Napa Valley, CA City Winery
27 September Nashville, TN City Winery
30 September Chicago, IL City Winery
2 October Philadelphia, PA World Live Cafe
3 October New York City, NY City Winery