It’s part of an intriguing series, called The Architect’s Brother, by the husband and wife team, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Described as ‘stories of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use’, these are beautiful, arresting images - pale, warm and poetic. Robert ParkeHarrison himself appears as ‘Everyman’, struggling alone to repair a devastated planet. With deficient tools, he is nonetheless an industrious, optimistic soul who attends the earth’s wounds.
“The cover of the sleeve design was always going to be important to us, and we were thrilled when Robert & Shana Parke Harrison gave us permission to use their exceptional image for the cover.” Caoimhin O Raghallaigh
Everyone is catching up with wonderful world of The Gloaming and why it’s the most important new Irish album of the moment.
Just announced is ‘Grit’ - a theatrical performance celebrating the inspiring life and music of one of Scotland’s most innovative, pioneering and influential musicians; the tragically late Martyn Bennett. This is an ambitious new cross-form, Scots-Canadian production directed by multi-award winning Director Cora Bissett ( Olivier award winning RoadKill, Creative Scotland award winning 'Whatever gets You through the Night’ and bold new political musical 'Glasgow Girls’.) And written by Kieran Hurley (‘Beats’/Chalk Farm/ ‘Rantin’) one of Scotland’s most exciting, politically urgent voices.
Reflecting Martyn’s own Scots-Canadian heritage, Grit- The Martyn Bennett Story will be an exciting International collaboration with Canada’s renowned choreographer Dana Gringas (of 'Animals of Distinction’) and some of Canada’s finest circus artists (Francois Gravel on trapeze) who will both work alongside an ensemble of Scotland’s dance and aerial artists, actors, live folk singers, and classical musicians, whilst of course featuring Martyn’s groundbreaking dance music in it’s original form.
This ambitious piece is set to take place in Scotland - at the Glasgow’s Tramway One and in Mull Theatre during the Midsummer weekend.
Martyn released his last album Grit on Real World Records in October 2003.
The Curios debut album ‘Hidden’ made a startling impact on the jazz scene, winning a nomination as Best Album in the BBC Jazz Awards and reaching the top five in both the HMV and Radio 3 Jazz Charts. MOJO described the record as “an extraordinary collection of deeply personal, highly evolved music”; the Independent made Hidden Album Of The Week and called it “never less than spellbinding”, and Musician magazine declared Curios “a shining light for British jazz”.
The new album will be premiered on Bowers & Wilkin’s Society of Sound.
Congratulations to Totó la Momposina for her Lifetime Achievement Award which she received at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas in November. She graciously said in her address that the Award was for all those who had helped her on the way – her family, all the musicians that have passed through her band, her son Marco Vinicio and her son-in-law John Hollis.
Totó recorded the legendary album ‘La Candala Viva’ for Real World Records in 1993 - a turning point in her illustrious career.
As the year comes to a close, here’s a reminder that our first new release for 2014 is The Gloaming’s much anticipated debut.
Featuring a who’s who of contemporary Irish musicians (Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, with American pianist Thomas Bartlett/aka Doveman), The Gloaming’s music is anything but simple nostalgia. Carving new paths connecting the rich Irish traditions with the New York contemporary music scene via Bartlett’s extraordinary playing, it’s haunting and emotionally charged, ancient without being mere reproduction.
For an introduction to The Gloaming this is a preview of ‘Moment to Moment’, an hour-long documentary about the project set for broadcast on Irish national network RTÉ on 30th December at 11.30pm.
The Gloaming is out on 20th January and available to preorder now
The Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners’ Concert takes place at London’s Barbican Centre on Friday December 13th. Dub Colossus were the worthy recipients of the award for Cross Cultural Collaboration for their album ‘Dub Me Tender’. For this special event, the UK-based members of the band will perform. Fellow award winners at the concert will be Angélique Kidjo, Mokoomba, and Lo'Jo.
If you haven’t already got this amazing album, check it out.
“The shimmering Ethiojazz elements remain, but Dub Colossus mastermind Dubulah applies heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect.” - Metro