I’m very pleased to announce the release of these two records on Impossible Ark Records. They are words apart (musically speaking), and have both been in the making over the last year or two.
First up, is Machines of Loving Grace – which is a collaboration between myself, drummer Tim Giles and Benedic Lamdin (AKA Nostalgia 77). It is unapologetically analogue in both synthesisers and groove persuasion, and was created over the course of several sessions in London, and at home in Airedale. I think the cover just about sums it up…
The second record, Jerry David DeCicca‘s Time the Teacher, is also something rather special. It was a real pleasure to record piano for this record – and something very different to what I normally get up to. Jerry’s songs are beautifully unique, and required a particular pianistic approach. I chose to adopt my usual ‘complete take’ approach over compiling the bets bits from a variety of takes, which was a challenge as I would often have to stop and restart from the beginning if I played too many notes. This album is a real gem, and a perfect introduction to Jerry’s work, if you haven’t heard him, before.
It’s difficult to express how incredible it is to be making music with Keith Tippett. He is the reason I play the piano the way I do – and his music certainly shaped my early musical development whilst still at college. Fast forward twenty years(!), and I find myself opposite this musical colossus, sharing a common goal, and enjoying each other’s company – both musically and personally. It has been a joy getting to know Keith properly over the last few months, and it has come after years of fleeting dressing room conversations, and the occasional phone call every now and then. Keith will also be performing with his octet – an unmissable musical event.
Once again, I find myself paired with another keyboardist a week apart, but for a very different duo, altogether… It is a real pleasure to be able to play with Kit Downes – who is, undoubtedly, one of the most inventive musicians alive today. Ben Eshmade of Daylight Music has invited us to play in duo: Kit using the recently refurbished organ at Union Chapel, with me on piano. With an air of anticipation, huge expectation, and the unknown, we are genuinely excited to be figuring out just exactly how and what we’re going to get up to.
I’ll be taking part in the second instalment of ‘Expect the Unexpected’, at Club Inégales, sometime between 16:00-21:00. Twenty-five composers have each contributed a one-page score – realised by various musicians, and the composers, themselves. No rehearsals… come down and experience something truly unique.
Way back in February, I was asked to take part in Mind on The Run: The Basil Kirchin Story – where I was commissioned by Serious to respond to Kirchin’s work in a solo setting of my choosing. Unsurprisingly, I chose to use the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog, again…
Recorded live at Hull City Hall, Twenty Seven Areas of Contention and Sam, are yet further additions to the body of work created for the moogmemory / moogemory plus albums, and are available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on Bandcamp.
There is also a blog post about how I went about making Twenty-Seven… so, you can read along whilst you listen, if you so wish! x
I’ve been working with Adam Martin and Mark Slater (AKA Nightports) in various educational settings over the years, but this is the first time that our collaborative endeavours as musicians / producers, has come to fruition.
The Nightports Manifesto is a simple one: only the sounds of the featured musician can be used – then, they can be manipulated… This restrictive practice is what gives their vision a singular focus. We will be releasing an album on The Leaf Label earlier next year but, before we do that, we’re going to have a go at performing it live, with the help of improvising virtuoso Johnny Richards, who will be joining myself and Mark at one of three pianos we’ll be using for this performance.
Come to Hull, and say you saw it there first…
Tomorrow is a rather special day: myself, along with violist Aby Vulliamy, and cellist Mick Bardon, will play live versions of material from Isotach, at Platform, Glasgow. It’s the first time I’ve tried to represent something captured on recording so closely in a concert setting. Before we launch into this music for the very first time since its recording, I’ll be playing a duo set with Glasgow-based saxophone colossus Tony Bevan. Big shout out to Alun Woodward for asking me along to this event, too. Come see the gig, if you can! x
Isotach is officially released tomorrow, and I understand there have been a few favourable reviews floating around. I shall do my best to repost these on the usual social media channels, but, if you want a little more insight into the lazy, hesitant, often-reluctant process that is responsible for bringing much of this music to life, you are welcome to read an interview I did with Mark Carry, for Fractured Air:
In addition, we have released another of Ray Kane’s videos, shot at home; this time, a more exploratory musing on Candela (for Sascha Heeney).
I am so grateful for your support – both in person, and through comments and shares online. none of this music really means anything without other people to listen to it. x
I’m delighted to announce my new album Isotach. Recorded at home in Airedale, this is a somewhat deliberate return to all things mechanical and physical (i.e. the piano and cello). Much of the music is quite still, and if you listen carefully you might just be able to make out the sound of various weather beating itself against the windows. Isotach is my third solo album for The Leaf Label, and marks yet another milestone in my musical partnership with producer Sam Hobbs.
Isotach will be released on August 18th, and you can pre-order the album on LP+CD/CD/download here.
Clash Magazine have decided to premiere the first of three videos featuring myself playing / talking about the forthcoming album for The Leaf Label: Isotach. Directed by Ray Kane, these videos were shot at my home in Airedale, where the music was recorded. Hopefully these will shed some light on the music from a different angle. Release dates to follow, soon.
My new album will be released on The Leaf Label this summer. Recorded at home in Airedale, it marks a return to my first musical love: the piano (and cello). It’s slow, intense, meditative. The ‘single’ from the album, ‘Candela (for Sascha Heeney)’, is indicative of the general mood of the album – and it’s FREE to download!
I’ll be back with more information, pre-orders and a release date in due course, so stay tuned… X
Today, I will be live, on air, on Worldwide FM for an hour, playing whatever I like – as a precursor to my Piano Day concert with Trim at Union Chapel, on March 29.
You can also contribute via their TWITTER feed @worldwidefm
See you over the ether…