Happy 2018 everyone!
Here’s a new live video of me performing the opening track from my latest release, All Together Again, at the Erased Tapes Sound Gallery in London. A few words about this piece of music:
In early 2015 I was contacted by someone in New York representing a fashion designer who was preparing a show for New York Fashion Week. They were wondering if I would play music at the upcoming runway show. I agreed straight away and began composing a 12-minute piece for the show. They had offered me a really good fee and I wanted to deliver something special. I was also intrigued by the concept, as Iâ€™d made music for lots of films and dances, even weddings, but never a fashion show . . . so I felt inspired while making the music, and eagerly sent them the result as soon as it was ready. But then there was silenceâ€¦ Were they not happy with the piece? Was the show still going to happen?
And then, just a day or two before I was supposed to fly out to New York for the show, I finally heard back from them, saying they had been very busy preparing for the show, and that actually they had never intended for me to write new music . . . instead they just wanted me to play a few older songs of mine on the piano!
What a shame, I thought! But of course I played the songs they requested, and I banished this new piece to my archives after hastily giving it the title â€˜If I Were A Runway Modelâ€™, imaginng that perhaps one day I could have my own fashion show with this music. It wasnâ€™t until I was putting together the ‘All Together Again’ album that I finally found a good home for this oddball piece. And it was only then that I tried to actually learn how to play it! You see, when I originally recorded the piece, I had it in mind that I needed to be able to play everything myself with the assistance of a couple looping pedals and some effects . . . but for the recording I took it one layer at a time, so I had never actually tried to play it! At first it seemed impossible, but after some practice, I started to figure it out. Iâ€™ve never needed so much gear just to perform a single piece . . . and because the piece requires so much extra gear, itâ€™s unlikely that Iâ€™ll be able to perform it at most of my concerts. But Iâ€™m glad we have this live video as a document to show that the piece can indeed be performed live by a single musician.