Irmin Schmidt, pupil of the likes of Stockhausen and Ligeti, decided in the late 1960s - after an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor, and composer - to combine classic New Music with Rock and Jazz: and founded the band CAN. After CAN, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo-artist. The result is a vast oeuvre which includes a series of solo albums, an opera (Gormenghast based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), a ballet, and over 100 film scores In 2015, he was made a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in southern France.
Rob Young and Irmin Schmidt