The great, elusive John Cale is forever reinventing himself. He will be playing in Montreux for the first time, accompanied by a string orchestra. The founding member of mythical New York group The Velvet Underground will be revisiting his varied repertoire, which mixes rock, electro and contemporary music. He was The Velvet Underground’s pianist, viola player, bassist, and main composer along with Lou Reed, until he left the group in 1968. This Welshman’s career is heady stuff. At the age of 21, he joined John Cage in a performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations that lasted 18 hours. He has released around twenty albums and almost as many film soundtracks, including American Psycho, as well as producing key works for The Stooges and Patti Smith (Horses), and working with La Monte Young, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Nick Drake and Danger Mouse to name but a few.