Sting is featured in the 2011 Time 100 - a look at some of the most influential people in the world. They are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry. Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution. Welcome to this year's TIME 100.
Esperanza Spalding, the jazz bassist who won the Best New Artist award at the 2011 Grammys writes the following about Sting:
"When I was 11, my older brother was really into Sting. I used to steal all of his CDs out of their cases, sneak them to my room and listen to them. I remember hearing "Seven Days" for the first time -- the song is in 5/4 time -- and thinking, Who is this pop star who writes in such a hip time signature? I didn't yet know that Sting, 59, played jazz or worked with jazz greats like Kenny Kirkland.
"Sting's songwriting is what I'm most inspired by when I think about my own endeavors. He's found the perfect balance of being able to write very avant-garde songs that are accessible to people who wouldn't otherwise consider themselves jazz fans. My music doesn't sound like Sting's, and it never will. But I hope to have his bravery when it comes to writing songs that mainstream audiences can access."
James Taylor may be the foremost contemporary composer of what you might call American lullabies. "Carolina in My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," "Shower the People," "My Traveling Star," and "You Can Close Your Eyes," all of which he performed at a Carnegie Hall gala concert on Tuesday evening celebrating the hall's 120th year, share the same elusive magic. Along with "Home on the Range" "Red River Valley" and Stephen Foster ballads, they seem somehow to have always existed.
Live Nation is pleased to announce that Sting will perform in Brescia this summer as a part of his celebrated Symphonicity world tour. Following sold-out performances across North America, Europe and Australia, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band, conducted by Sarah Hicks. On July 31, 2011, the Symphonicity tour will appear at the Piazza Dell Loggia in Brescia, Italy. Fan Club sales for Brescia begin at NOON (local time) tomorrow, Thursday, April 14th. As tickets will simultaneously go on sale to the public, a number of tickets have been reserved exclusively for fan club members.
Hundreds of clean water supporters will gather on the Hudson River for Riverkeeper's Annual Fishermen's Ball to honor the environmental advocacy of President Bill Clinton and Trudie Styler & Sting. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is among the notables scheduled to present, and guests will be treated to a special musical performance by Rufus Wainwright. Funds raised will benefit Riverkeeper, New York's clean water advocate. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 13 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers - Hudson River and 23rd Street.
Following sold-out performances throughout North America, Europe and Australia, the celebrated Symphonicity world tour was recently extended to include additional performances across Europe this summer (see below itinerary). In keeping with tradition and in preparation for the summer tour, Sting will perform a special concert, exclusively for Sting.com fan club members, at the Apollo Theater in New York City on Thursday, April 28 at 8PM.
Live Nation is pleased to announce that Sting will perform in Palermo at the Complesso Monumentale Castello a Mare on July 27, 2011, along his critically-acclaimed Symphonicity world tour. Following sold-out performances across North America, Europe and Australia, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band, conducted by Sarah Hicks.