Beck performs ‘Song Reader’ tracks live for the first time – watch

The singer-songwriter played 'Sorry' and 'Heaven's Ladder' last night in Santa Cruz, California

Beck has performed tracks from his ‘Song Reader’ sheet music project live in public for the very first time.

The Los Angeles singer-songwriter played ‘Sorry’ and ‘Heaven’s Ladder’ last night (May 19) at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, reports Consequence of Sound. Scroll down to watch fan-shot footage of the Beck performing the two tracks. ‘Song Reader’ is a book of sheet music, which was released in December 2012. It includes 20 songs and more than 100 pages of art. Beck’s idea for the release is that the listener becomes the artist, with all 20 songs open to interpretation by different individuals.

Beck had so far refused to play the songs live, but recently announced that he will be heading up a special ‘Song Reader’ night at London’s Barbican on July 4. The line-up for the night will include Beck himself, alongside Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Beth Orton, Joan Wasser aka Joan As Police Woman, Villagers frontman Conor J O’Brien, The Staves, Guillemots, Michael Kiwanuka and singer-songwriters James Yorkston and The Pictish Trail will all perform on the night with more guests to be announced.

A house band comprising of Seb Rochford, Tom Herbert and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu will perform throughout the night, with music direction courtesy of Ed Harcourt and David Coulter. In the lead up to the event, the Barbican and Faber Social will host an exhibition of the artwork involved with ‘Song Reader’, as well as a presentation of a selection of some the best amateur interpretations of the songs.

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