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Damon Albarn (born 23.3.1968)
Damon Albarn is a singer and musician. He is best known for his work with Blur and Gorillaz.

Childhood: Damon Albarn was born in the Whitechapel area of London, to Keith and Hazel Albarn. His mother was a theatrical set designer and his father once managed Soft Machine and also presented Late Night Line Up on the BBC, as well as being the head of North Essex College of Art.

Albarn grew up in Leytonstone, in a middle-class, bohemian environment. He went to school at George Tomlinson Primary School. Whilst at school, he learnt to play guitar, piano and violin.

At the age of 12, he befriended Graham Coxon, when they both studied at Stanway Comprehensive School. Three years later, Albarn won his regional heat of the Young Composer of the Year competition. He briefly studied drama at the East 15 Acting School but left after just a year. He found work as a mime artist and as a tea boy at the Beat Factory studio.

Damon Albarn then attended Goldsmiths College, where he studied music. Before forming Blur, he was in other bands, including Two's A Crowd, The Aftermath and Real Lives.

Music: Damon Albarn formed Blur in 1989 with Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree. They became hugely popular in the 1990s. Their album Parklife became their breakthrough album, with the lead single (also named 'Parklife') featuring the actor Phil Daniels.

When Blur released their single 'Country House' on the same date as Oasis' 'Roll With It', the music press made much of the rivalry between the two bands, with Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher engaging in a public slanging match with the members of Blur. Eventually, 'Country House' won the battle to the UK singles chart number one spot.

Graham Coxon left Blur in 2002 and embarked on a solo career. The band disbanded not long after that, but reformed in 2009, playing Glastonbury Festival, amongst other dates.

In 1999, Albarn collaborated with Michael Nyman to produce a score for the film Ravenous, which starred Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle.

Damon Albarn released a solo album in 2002, entitled Mali Music. The album was conceived when he traveled to Mali in 2000 to support the work of Oxfam. In 2009, Damon Albarn was credited with producing parts of Amadou & Mariam's Welcome To Mali album.

In 2003, he released Democrazy, which was a collection of demos that he recorded in hotel rooms on the US promo tour for Blur's Think Tank album.

Damon Albarn's song 'Closet Romantic' also appeared on the soundtrack for the film adaptation for Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, which starred Ewan McGregor.

In 2004, Albarn also made a guest appearance on Fatboy Slim's Palookaville album.

After leaving Blur, Damon Albarn formed the band Gorillaz along with Jamie Hewlett (the artist who created Tank Girl). The concept of the band is that the music is fronted by four two-dimensional animated characters, named 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. They style of the music ranges from rock, to hip-hop and electronica. They have released two studio albums, entitled Gorillaz and Demon Days.

The Good, The Bad and The Queen is a project announced in May 2006 and features Damon Albarn, Danger Mouse (as producer), Paul Simonon of The Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve and Tony Allen (a member of Fela Kuti's Africa 70). In April 2008, The Good, The Bad & The Queen headlines Victoria Park's Love Music Hate Racism concert and were joined onstage by Jerry Dammers of The Specials.

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn worked together once more, adapting the Chinese story Journey to the West and 'Monkey: Journey to the West', along with the opera director Chen Shi-zheng. The show received its world premier at the Manchester International Festival in 2007.

Personal Life: Damon Albarn had a very public, lengthy relationship with Justine Frischmann of Elastica during the 1990s.

Albarn is now in a relationship with the artist Suzi Winstanley. They have a daughter together, Missy Violet, born in 1999.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Damon Albarn To Perform With Syrian National Orchestra For Arabic Music In Southbank Show


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Blur singer Damon Albarn will perform live with the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music at a special concert at London’s Southbank Centre later this year.

The multi-talented songwriter, plus a number of other special guests yet to be revealed, will take to the stage with the orchestra on June 25th this year. Conductor Issam Rafea will be leading the orchestra, with the concert itself being presented by Albarn’s own Africa Express project. It’s also a part of the 14-18 Now programme, a UK arts initiative marking the centenary of World War I.

Members of the Syrian orchestra have fled to various parts of the world as a result of the on-going conflict in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. It will be the first performance the orchestra has given since fighting in Syria began.

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Damon Albarn Reuniting Syrian Orchestra


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The Blur star first worked with the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) at a concert in Damascus in 2009, and he later brought them in to perform on Gorillaz track White Flag and took them on the road for the band's Escape to Plastic Beach Tour.

However, the orchestra split in 2011 after war broke out in Syria and the members scattered across the world as they fled the violence.

Damon is now bringing them back together, along with their conductor Issam Rafea, for an upcoming performance at the Southbank Centre in the British capital.

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Idris Elba, Damon Albarn And Barbara Windsor Recognised In New Year's Honours List


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Idris Elba, Barbara Windsor and Blur frontman Damon Albarn were among those recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours List. ‘Luther’ actor Elba was recognised with an OBE for his services to drama and said he ‘couldn’t be more proud’ to receive the honour.

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“Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes, and all as significant as the other,” Elba said. “But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head, son!”

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Damon Albarn Awarded Obe In The Queen's New Year's Honours List


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The singer/songwriter joins the likes of hip-hop star Goldie and actors James Nesbitt, Idris Elba, David Oyelowo, Barbara Windsor and Imelda Staunton among the celebrities saluted by Queen Elizabeth II as part of her annual Honours List.

Carry On films icon and Eastenders soap veteran Windsor, 76, who has been made a Dame, tells the BBC she is "proud and extremely humbled" by the honour, adding, "For a girl from the East End (of London) born into a working-class family and an evacuee during World War Two, this is truly like a dream."

Imelda Staunton receives a CBE, while Elba and Nesbitt, like Albarn, can now add OBE to their names.

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Damon Albarn's Team Faced Musical Tweaks After Paris Attacks


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The Blur frontman created wonder.land, based on Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with Rufus Norris and Moira Buffini and the trio premiered the production in Manchester, England in July (15) before its transfer to London's National Theatre in November (15).

They have made extensive changes to the show between the runs, but kept in a scene where a male actor is involved in a zombie shooting game, although they were asked to take it out following the horrific gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

Norris admits it was not the only change requested, as they had to alter the appearance of the set during one scene as it resembled the World Trade Center towers, which were destroyed in a terror attack in 2001.

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Stars Perform For Paul Simonon's 60th Birthday


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The Clash legend reaches the milestone on Tuesday (15Dec15), but he marked the occasion early by hosting a special gig in London on Sunday night (13Dec15).

The concert featured a collaboration between Britpop rivals Damon and Noel, with Chrissie and Paul himself, along with Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey and rapper Kano.

The one-off supergroup performed tracks including The Clash classics Guns of Brixton and I Fought The Law, and Gorillaz's Dare and Clint Eastwood.

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Damon Albarn Based Alice In Wonderland Musical On Daughter


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The Blur frontman unveiled his latest theatre project, titled wonder.land and based on Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, at the Manchester International Festival in England in July (15).

The show transports the heroine to the digital world of the Internet, and Damon admits his 16-year-old daughter Missy was his inspiration.

"My daughter... it felt like she had got on a cruise liner to the other side of the world via her phone so I was pretty upset," he tells British newspaper the London Evening Standard. "She was completely self-absorbed and I think you can see that reflected in this play."

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Stars Sign Climate Change Letter


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The musicians have made the plea to leading politicians ahead of COP21, a United Nations conference on climate change which begins in Paris, France on Monday (30Nov15).

An extract from the letter, which has been published online, reads, "We are deeply concerned that our global economic and industrial systems are accelerating rates of extinction, desertification and soil depletion, degrading ecosystems, acidifying and littering our rivers and oceans, and resulting in a relentless rise in greenhouse gas emissions driving irreversible climate change.

"In short, we are overwhelming the planet's life support systems. The outcomes of COP21 and the political decisions taken over the next months will determine many of the long-term conditions that will affect us today and for many generations to come."

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Damon Albarn Says That Alleged Feud With Adele Isn't True


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Damon Albarn has rubbished recent talk of a feud with chart-topping star Adele, saying that it was “not even true” that they’d had disagreements.

Albarn, the lead singer of Blur, told The Sun back in September this year that although they had collaborated together on material for her new album 25, the record would sound “very middle of the road” and that the songs they had worked on would probably not make it onto the final tracklisting.

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Damon Albarn: 'Adele Furore Was Pathetic'


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The Blur frontman hit the studio with the pop singer to work on tracks for her new album 25, but the collaboration fell flat and the rocker later admitted he did not think Adele would be using any of his contributions.

He also seemingly criticised the star by implying she lacks confidence, telling Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her... And I'm not a producer, so... I don't know what is happening really... Will she use any of the stuff? I don't think so. Let's wait and see... The thing is, she's very insecure. And she doesn't need to be, she's still so young."

Rolling in The Deep star Adele then fuelled a war-of-words with Damon by admitting she regretted working with him.

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GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2015

Blur, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James , Dave Rowntree - GQ Men of the Year Awards 2015 at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th September 2015

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Blur In Concert

Damon Albarn - Blur performing live on stage at Perth Arena - Perth, Australia - Friday 31st July 2015

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Blur Perform At BST Hyde Park

Blur and Damon Albarn - Blur perform at Barclaycard British Summertime - Day Two at Hyde Park, London on June 20th 2015 at Hyde Park London - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 20th June 2015

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Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015

Damon Albarn and Blur - Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2015 - Performances - Blur at Hyde Park - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 20th June 2015

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Blur Headline The Isle Of Wight Festival On Saturday

Blur and Damon Albarn - Blur headline the Isle of Wight Festival on Saturday at Isle of Wight Festival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015

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Damon Albarn

Date of birth

23rd March, 1968

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.83




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