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Words and Music

Martin Creed

Renowned for his wit and absurdity, Creed’s live performances are often unpredictable in nature and delicately balance art, humor, and subversion. Comprised of words, music, and more, Creed’s performance invites audience members to embark on a one-of-a-kind experience and to expect the unexpected.

Black Cube is honored to host this very special event, outside of its regular programming.


‘Catchy, punk-folk-minimalist tunes…that use and abuse language brilliantly.’

–      Roberta Smith, The New York Times


About Martin Creed

Awarded the Turner Prize in 2001 for ‘Work 227: The lights going on and off’, Creed has become known for hugely varied work which is by turns uncompromising, entertaining, shocking and beautiful. Music, talks and theatrical presentations are an important element of Creed’s work. 

These include:

‘Words And Music’, his improvised one-person show which ran at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, and frequent concerts and recordings – such as the album ‘Thoughts Lined Up’ (Telephone Records 2016) – and several orchestral pieces: ‘Work No. 1375’ (2012), commissioned by London Sinfonietta, and most recently ‘Work No. 3025’ (2018), for String Quartet, commissioned by David Roberts Art Foundation.

Creed’s music for the opening of the London Olympics, ‘Work No. 1197: All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes’ (2012), made with the participation of people country-wide on the morning of the Olympic opening ceremony (even Big Ben joined in).

‘Work No. 409’, Creed’s popular Singing Lift which goes ‘Ooh’ going up and ‘Aah’ coming down, on show in the UK at The Royal Festival Hall in London, Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, and also at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven NL.

‘Work No. 1020’ (2009), a dance work commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, which involves classical dancers and music played by Creed and his band.