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Harold Budd performs in London for the first time in 17 years

Union Chapel hosts the minimalist composer on 28 April

US minimalist Harold Budd will perform at London's Union Chapel this April, marking his first London date in 17 years. Budd, one of the first wave of ambient musicians who recorded for Brian Eno's Obscure label back in the 1970s, formed a close association with Robin Guthrie in the 80s, and many of his records in the last decade have been collaborations with the former Cocteau Twin. Following a health scare back in 2005, Budd announced his retirement and a farewell gig at Brighton Dome, which saw him play alongside Guthrie as well as John Foxx, Jah Wobble and Balanescu Quartet.

For this forthcoming performance Budd is said to be performing both old and new material, featuring his signature soft-pedal piano style as well as electronic pieces, and will be joined on stage by Ireland’s Vespertine Quintet. The night will feature support from Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner. “I hope to see some of my old friends again – whomever might drift by” says Budd.

The event will take place on 28 April at Union Chapel. Tickets are on sale for £25.