The performance was part of a 'living art project' event series called Station To Station
The live collaboration took place at the city’s Barbican Centre on Monday (June 29), with the pair leading a musical and spoken word line-up that featured readings from poets Simon Armitage and Jemima Foxtrot, among others.
According to The Guardian, the performance also featured actors dressed up as cowboys, while Beck also dressed up in Western-themed attire for part of the show.
“For five minutes the three actors playing cowboys simply point and stare at the audience as the orchestra plays,” The Guardian’s Danny Wright wrote.
See footage from the performance below.
Last month (June 18), Beck supported The Strokes at their Hyde Park show in London. Read a report of that gig here.
Beck also recently released a new single titled ‘Dreams’. The track is the first piece of music to be lifted from the musician’s upcoming new album. The US artist recently confirmed plans for a new record in an interview with Los Angeles based radio station Alt 98.7, describing the LP as a “hybrid” of garage rock and dance.
Beck called the album the “opposite” of his sedate 2014 release ‘Morning Phase’ and described it as “a pretty diverse group of songs that fit together.” Work on the record has been underway for a couple of years. “It started out as a heavy garage rock thing and became much more of a dance — some kind of hybrid,” he said of the sound of the album.
‘Morning Phase’ was recently certified silver in the UK having sold over 60,000 copies.
The album, Beck’s 12th full-length release, was awarded a Grammy for ‘Album of the Year’ at this year’s ceremony. The win caused controversy when Kanye West mock-interrupted him onstage, referencing his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009. After the awards West said that Beck should “respect artistry” and hand the award over to Beyoncé.