Michael Nyman

PLAY IT AGAIN, MICHAEL: Roksanda Illincic has tapped pianist Michael Nyman to perform at her fall 2017 runway show during London Fashion Week, WWD has learned. Illincic will stage a catwalk show at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20. This is the first time the designer has enlisted a musician to perform live at her show.

“Music is such an important part of creating an emotive experience at my shows,” said Illincic. “And I have always been completely fascinated by the impact that music can have on our emotions and perceptions. Michael Nyman has always been at the forefront of creating inventive and experimental compositions, and is someone who has often inspired my work. It is his restless creativity and multi-faceted art which draws me to him, and makes his minimal and contemporary sounds particularly appropriate to accompany this collection.”

This Nyman’s first time working with a fashion brand. A composer of minimalist music, Nyman is also a librettist and musicologist. He has composed for operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. His work includes musical scores for the film “The Piano” and the opera “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat.”

Nyman said writing music is about making one’s own language and methodology. “Collaborating with different artists, not only musicians, is something I feel strongly about,” he said. “The way in which I compose, pushing notes around a piece of paper, a designer does in parallel with each stitch on a piece of fabric, in this case.”

“Like music, fashion is often considered emotional,” Nyman added. “But practicality and function is key to finding the harmony between that function and experience. I never write music to be emotional, but when you put it within certain contexts, it becomes so. This is the case with Roksanda’s work. She tells stories with her shows, and working with her on creating this experience around her vison was a new and interesting journey for us both.”

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