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Food's second album for ECM Records, 'Mercurial Balm', is released today (Nov 5th) in UK - I can hear the firework celebrations all around me, amazing!
Mastered in January 2012 at the Rainbow Studio, Oslo, with improvisations drawn from live performances in Norway, England and Germany and studio sessions.
The album features the core group of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Stronen with guitarists Christian Fennesz and Eivind Aarset, trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and the unique singer and slide guitarist from South India, Prakash Sontakke.
'Food' playedl in Brecon cathedral on Saturday as a duo. Quite unexpectedly the acoustics seemed to be on our side and our superb sound man Simen Scharning created a mesmerising sonic environment with the music swirling into every corner. Great audience and atmosphere.
This festival is back on track with great programming in the key venues and for me
always a moment of nostalgia when I remember the first years I played Brecon festival with Slim Gaillard and Loose Tubes. I do miss the early pre "health and safety" days when grannies sold home made Welsh cakes and sarnies over the garden gate but I'm so happy to see the legacy living on....
Just arrived at the Trondheim Jazz Summit where I will kick off a talk about jazz education tomorrow afternoon. If it goes ok I might take up after dinner speaking (if anyone asks me to dinner?).
It is still light here in Norway at 11.45pm, so feels like summer is coming. Hold on someone just told me it snowed here two days ago!
Food play with Prakash Sontakke and Petter Vagen on Friday at the Trondheim Jazz Festival. I don't know what they give them for lunch in Trondheim but it seems to do the trick!
Kyoto concert was a great successs and we're leaving for Nagoya today. The blossom is still on the trees and the sun shining.
For such a busy place everything is remarkably calm and seems to work like a finely oiled machine. The Japanese are kind polite and very enthusiastic about the music and our Theremin player Koichi Makigami is a spectacle the likes of which I have never seen - a feast for the eyes as well as the ears!
Japan is a real experience and here, hot Sake has taken the place of Underberg wherever possible. I might try hot Underberg when I get home just to see if it works!