The first surprise of the 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival is the Australian singer, lyricist, composer, script writer, poet and actor Nick Cave; the dark prince of music who has inspired countless artists throughout the history of music and his band The Bad Seeds.
Nick Cave, whom Istanbulites have been eagerly waiting to see again live after his concert in 2001, is among the most prominent of contemporary musicians with his collaborations and duets with artists who shaped the sound of popular music in modern times and his interdisciplinary artistic output that includes literature and cinema. In their 35-year career, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds had many hit songs such as “Into My Arms”, “Henry Lee”, “O’Children”, “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, “The Weeping Song”, and since 1984’s From Her to Eternity, released 16 albums, most of which were showered in awards, including The Boatman’s Call, Push The Sky Away, Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!.
Nick Cave will be accompanied on stage by today’s most prominent names of post-punk. Comprised of Warren Ellis, who is considered Cave’s musical soulmate; the old timers Thomas Wydler, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos, and newcomers George Vjestica and Toby Dammit who joined in 2015, Nick Cave and his band will be in full force taking the audience in Istanbul on a mesmerizing trip as they give a performance that will resonate in memory for many years to come.