Archive for September, 2009

New CD now out!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

My new CD – The Dance of the Three Legged Elephants – with Julian Joseph is now out on Signum Classics and you can buy it here.

The cover has proved rather controversial – reactions please!

The repertoire includes a few unedited improvisations, works of Julian’s (including the ever popular Vika), pieces by Jobim, McLaughlin and Pastorius, and even a bit of Ravel. Would love to know what you think of it.

Dance of the Three Legged Elephants

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All Done at KP…

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The residency is over at Kings Place, and what a great week it was! Definitely one of my life’s musical highlights: the chance to play such a huge variety of music so close together, and in such a great acoustic was absolutely wonderful. As the concerts progressed (and audiences grew, which was nice!), it felt clearer and clearer that music was simply music, and that it all comes from deep within human beings where national cultures, styles, genres etc have no place. Music comes from the place in humans where there is simply song, and dance, and happiness and tears or whatever – hallelujah! There were too many favourite moments to list, but the sufi concert was special, as it was so unplanned – I hadn’t even met Ravid before (the hang player), and the Virtual Cellist: what a trip! This performance had several firsts – including the first time that motion capture was used in a live concert, the first live-streaming from Kings Place, and world premieres of pieces by Nitin Sawhney and Duncan Bridgeman. That will be available on Plush TV soon as a download. And also Kit Armstrong, Sanju Sahai and Julian Joseph – what fantastic musicians to share a stage with.

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Live Streaming from Kings Place

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

For those who can’t get to Kings Place this week but would like to check out a concert (including the Virtual Cellist, so I really will be virtual at that stage…), some of them will be streamed live from the Plush TV website, who are also filming concerts for subsequent DVD release.

For details of which concerts, and for the actual streaming: Here’s the link

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Nearly There for Kings Place!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Concerts start tomorrow at Kings Place, and I’m very excited – it’s actually a long time since I’ve felt quite this excited – just doing so many different ones in the same place feels great. Rehearsals all done for 7.5 hours of music, and ready to go.

Here are a couple of links, to an article in the Guardian, and an interview on BBC Radio 3′s In Tune with Sean Rafferty, both about the Kings Place series.

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Fresh air in the Alps

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I’m in Lech, a fairytale village in the Alps for a concert with Kit Armstrong to prepare for our Kings Place outings next week.

We’re playing in the Allmeinde, which is a renowned and extraordinary architectural conversion of a huge old hay barn – great acoustic, and fabulous giant windows looking out onto the mountains. By coincidence 800 philosophers are converging here today for a conference, so it should at least be a thoughtful audience.

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