Elvis costello

his September, the legendary Elvis Costello will be stepping solo onto the Macau Cultural Centre’s Grand Auditorium stage for what will surely be a memorable night. His debut concert in Macau is a long awaited event that comes perhaps at just the right time With a career spanning fi ve decades and one of the widest genre scopes in mu-sic, Grammy Award winner Costello fi nally graces Macau with a concert at a special point in his career, with his Unfaithful MusicandDisappearing Ink autobiography and matching two-disc soundtrack album released just at the end of last year. The rise and rise of Elvis CostelloBorn Declan Patrick MacManus in 1945 in London, Elvis Costello grew up surrounded by music. His father was a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, and a big part of the reason why he became a musician. His father’s stage name was Day Cos-tello, so he ended up taking this name as a tribute to his him, together with Elvis Presley’s fi rst name. It was also with his father that Costello’s fi rst steps in music were taken: his fi rst broadcast recording was in their joint television commercial song for a brand of lemonade. While in high school in Cheshire, Costello formed his fi rst band, a folk duo called Rusty – and when he moved back to London, his band Flip City was formed, while he worked in various offi ce jobs to support himself. In the early 1970’s, Costello became well known in London’s punk rock scene; later on, he became associated with the fi rst wave of the British Punk/New Wave movement. His debut album, My Aim is True, was very well re-ceived by critics, while his band The Attractions was formed shortly after, and their second album, This Year’s Model (1978), went to number 11 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Best Albums of 1967-1987. This was only a glimpse of the success that was beckoning, as their fi rst three albums all ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. His most successful single, Oliver’s Army, was released in 1979, from the album Armed Forces and spent three weeks at number 2 in the UK singles chart. Costello and The Attractions were highly accomplished, touring and record-ing for almost a decade, until they fi nally split in 1986. Since then, most of Elvis Costello’s work has been made solo – except for some very notorious collaborations with names like Paul McCartney – with whom he wrote many songs – plus Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, trumpet legend Chet Baker and country music icon Johnny Cash to name but a few. In the 2000’s, The Attractions transformed into The Im-posters – a new back-up band formed with former members Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher of Cracker.His creative edginess would soon send him rush-ing through a wide array of different genres and complex orchestral arrangements. Collaborating with great names such as Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet, the Mingus Orchestra and Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofi e von Ot-ter, he fi nally stepped into the classical and jazz sphere. Costello has also co-written many original songs for mo-tion pictures, including God Give Me Strength from Grace of My Heart, with Burt Bacharach (1996) and The Scarlet Tide from Cold Mountain, with T-Bone Burnett (2003), for which they were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Also unmistakable, his hit version of She for the motion picture Not-ting Hill (1999) topped the charts all over Europe.Elvis Costello has won multiple prestigious awards in his career, including a Grammy Award in 1999 with Bacharach, a BAFTA award in collabo-ration with Richard Harvey, two nominations for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer and in 2004 the Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Elvis Costello number 80 in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.Most of all, Costello is well known for his genius song writing abilities and broad vocabulary, as well as his capac-ity for reinventing himself, granting him over the years titles such as ‘Pop Encyclopaedia’ by critic Thomas Erlewine, and a resulting career spawning episodes with Punk, Rock, Pop, New Wave, Classical and Jazz.On the other side of SummerThirty studio albums and many more works later, Elvis Costello fi nally visits the ‘real old Macau’ on 9th September, closing our Summer with an intimate display of his musi-cal brilliance in a solo concert showcasing the merging of his guitar and piano chords with his entertaining power, revealing why he is considered one of the most innovative, infl uential and best songwriters of our times.