Manfred Eicher, the founder and producer of ECM Records, the leading independent label for jazz and improvised music, is to be made an Honorary Fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music at a special event on Monday 12 February.

The presentation of the Honorary Fellowship will form the climax of ‘An Evening with Manfred Eicher’ which the public can also attend. In an interview with the Academy's Deputy Principal and Dean, Mark Racz, Eicher will discuss his life's work with the label and some of the many artists he has worked alongside in his career, which now spans the production of some 1500 recordings.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, said: “ECM Records has become one of the iconic labels of contemporary music, defining sound and aesthetic for generations in jazz, improvised, classical and contemporary music. As we approach 50 years since Manfred Eicher founded his Edition of Contemporary Music label in 1969, it is our honour to acknowledge this legendary producer with an Honorary Fellowship and we congratulate him.”

ECM – Edition of Contemporary Music – founded by producer Manfred Eicher in Munich has issued more than 1500 albums covering many idioms. Emphasising improvisation from the outset, ECM established its reputation with standard-setting recordings by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and many more and began to include contemporary composition – including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music – in its programme in the late 1970s and early 80s. The ECM New Series imprint began in 1984 with the release of Arvo Pärt’s Tabula rasa.


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