09.15.06 Sting to present and perform at the Echo Classical Gala, October 22...


Sting, together with Edin Karamazov, will make a guest performance at the Echo Classical Gala in Munich, Germany on October 22. In addition to performing a song from his forthcoming album 'Songs From The Labyrinth' Sting will also be presenting one of the awards. The Deutsche Phono-Akademie announced the 2006 winners of the ECHO-Klassik prizes in June. They are Germany's top awards for the classical recording industry. The Gala will be shown on German television the same evening as"Echo der Stars" and tickets for the Gala at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich are available from www.ticketonline.de.
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09.04.06BILLBOARD
Sting says he's fully aware that an album of 16th century lute songs is not exactly a commercial slam-dunk. But he's holding out hope that his 'Songs From the Labyrinth', due Oct. 10 via Deutsche Grammophon, will find an audience. "I keep saying it - you just never know," says Sting, who recorded the album with lute player Edin Karamazov from Sarajevo. "I think this is a longer shot than ['O Brother, Where Art Thou?'] but... why not? The response so far has been very encouraging. People have said, 'Wow, this is totally different. How refreshing.' I don't know - that may translate into mass appeal or it may not...
09.03.06STERN
"Pop is dead. Rock music is dying." Harsh words - spoken by somebody who became "filthy-rich" by this music: Sting has discovered classical music and published an album with 400 year old songs. A conversation about the banality of old habits and the thrill of the past. Sting, you were always a trendsetter of Rock. Now you unbury a 16th century composer: John Dowland. He sang to women in the Elizabethan age. Don't you have something new to tell...?
09.02.06BBC MUSIC
There's something a little odd going on. Sting comes off stage after his Bergen concert, hits the hotel bar and opens a bottle of Chablis. And then he talks about 18th century keyboard music. I suppose I started it. There's a song of his I particularly like for its harmonic interest: 'Whenever I Say Your Name', a duet with the American R&B star Mary J Blige from his 2203 album 'Sacred Love'. So I ask him about it. "It's based entirely on Bach," he reveals, not without a little pride in his voice. "Look at the bass line and you'll see it's all him. It's one of his preludes - in C, I think..."