Interesting that these were performed in old churches. Those expansive pads that Steve starts 'Nothing Can Prepare' with have a wonderful & distinct 'big pipe organ' feel. I wonder if that was influenced by the venue? When the sax joins in it's a totally natural process. Yet another great collaboration.
I've followed Steve for a good while on Twitter, checking out each release in the hopes I'd hear something I could buy to support his work.
This release has a poise and soul that give me a lovely space to relax and reflect within.
Favorite track: Nothing Can Prepare.
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Two meditative soundscapes recorded in a chapel by bass guitar loop-sculptor Steve Lawson, each with a guest entrance and contribution from saxophonist Andy Williamson. Put out by Steve as a support measure to help pay for Andy's emergency medical expenses, so it's for a good cause.
Favorite track: Nothing Can Prepare.
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"Talking in terms of "apocalypse" gets in the way of thinking clearly about the situation we're in. The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop. What we're facing is, very likely, the breakdown of many of the systems and ways of doing things that we (in countries like the UK or the USA) grew up taking for granted. But this is not going to play out with the speed of a Hollywood disaster movie or the finality of the Christian Day of Judgement."
- Dougald Hine, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project.
in November 2012, Lobelia and I went down to Devon for a couple of shows with Andy Williamson. Andy's a brilliant saxophonist, best known for his Big Buzzard Boogie Band, but is also one of the most responsive, adaptive improvisors I know, so the thought of some shows with him playing a range of my tunes, Lobelia's songs, and some completely improvised music was something to look forward to.
The gigs went very well, and the centrepiece of each show was an extended improvisation which I began solo and which, at a certain point, Andy joined in with from the back of the church (both the gigs were in beautiful old churches). He meandered to the front, filling the room with his gorgeous improvisation, and we ended together.
These are those two centrepiece improvisations.
The album came out around the time that Andy has a kidney transplant. Which went astonishingly well, and he was back playing very quickly. I need to do more gigs with Andy - if you bought this album at the time when it was a way of getting tickets for our gigs as well, that offer still stands, just message me when you're coming to one of the gigs :) I hope to do more with Andy soon, cos I love playing with him!
The first tune on here is built on a solo composition of mine - Nothing Can Prepare - which was initially a meditation on the total unexpectedness of parenting, and how nothing can really prepare you for expanding your family with a new human.
Another possible take on the title is what's happened to Andy - no-one goes through life planning for the possibility of needing a new kidney, but neither do you consider the possible amazing stories that can come from a medical intervention of that magnitude. The generosity of the donors, the serendipity of the various chains of events that something this huge sets in motion (I'll let Andy talk more about that!)
released November 18, 2012
Steve Lawson - bass and looping
Andy Williamson - Tenor Sax
Nothing Can Prepare recorded in St Endellion church, Cornwall. 12/11/2011 - www.stendellion.org.uk
The End Of The World As We Know It Is Not The End Of The World recorded at St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, Devon, 13/11/2011 - www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk
(The title 'The End Of The World As We Know It Is Not The End Of The World' is a quote from Dougald Hine, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project: dark-mountain.net )
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