Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows


The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows is a new work by Damon Albarn, inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, which he will perfom with an ensemble: premiere and tour in May 2020.

The land of the midnight sun, Iceland is a unique country, filled with an abundance of natural beauty; glaciers, volcanoes, thermal springs, mountains and stunning headlands.  Stretching across two continents; it’s a land where North America and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. What can be more fascinating than the signs of the passage of time and the fragility of nature.

This new piece from Albarn, a frequent visitor to Iceland for almost three decades, will see the musician perform this new, very personal piece with an ensemble of orchestra instrumentation, electronics, vocals and piano. The title is taken from a John Clare poem entitled Love and Memory.

The performance at the Barbican, London will also feature s t a r g a z e and conductor André de Ridder, as well as visuals by Icelandic filmmakers capturing the changing seasons, with Icelandic vocals and recordings of natural sounds and instruments.