Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Dance of the Shadow Planets

Earlier this year I took a trip to the USA to take part in the recording sessions for Jon Durant's forthcoming release "Dance of the Shadow Planets". Jon and I had discussed remote sessions, and collaborating over the internet, but we agreed that live recording, with possibilities of much more interaction between the players, was going to suit the music much better.

I'd just spent a while in the considerably warmer climes of Australia, so arriving into the cold air of New Hampshire was a little bit of a shock.
At one point, I was convinced I was going to be snowed in and miss my flight back to the UK.

Anyway, sessions for the album were very enjoyable, and the music came together quickly, perhaps surprisingly so, since most of us hadn't actually played together before. I hadn't met Caryn Linn (violin) or Jerry Leake (multi percussion) before arriving at Squam Sound Studios, but the chemistry was evident from the first take, everyone finding their space in Jon's music pretty much instantly.

The results can be heard on the CD, which is now available for pre-order from burning shed. Check out  "Irreducible" ...a completely live studio improvisation.



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