The Nun (single)

by Chris Cundy

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Taken from the album Gustav Lost
www.chriscundy.com/gustav-lost.html

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CHRIS CUNDY bass clarinet
MAT MARTIN guitar
FYFE DANGERFIELD piano
HANNAH MARSHALL cello
DOMINIC LASH double bass
MARK SANDERS drums

All music written and produced by Chris Cundy.
Recorded and engineered by James Towler at Wincraft Studios, Gloucestershire UK on 2nd and 3rd June 2015.
Mixed by Mike Cross and Chris Cundy.
Mastered by Mike Cross.

The Nun is taken from the album Chris Cundy : Gustav Lost released through FMR Records.

Rather than blurring lines I want to see how a coexistence between composition and improvisation can bring out eccentricities in the music, where they interrupt each other, and how this throws things into high relief. For a number of years I have worked with songwriters, in popular music, and theatre. Rather than keeping my interests separate I wanted to combine some of these elements. To some extent this project follows on from Gannets - the tea dance gone wrong band, which also features Fyfe Dangerfield and Dominic Lash as well as myself. The aim with Gustav Lost was to keep the spontaneity we had enjoyed in that group but to combine it with some rather different energies and structures. The joy of doing this is that I can create segments of music which sustain cyclical moods but also enter sudden changes of direction. It was important that compositions work as fully formed ideas that can exist in their own right. I’m not interested in composing music that attempts to mimic the complexities at the heart of improvisation. In many ways I want to respect the improvisations that we as musicians have made together and are still in the process of making. Music should be given its own space in which it can breath, surprise, express a madness of its own, or whatever it is that liberates that part of our psyche. I wanted to keep a live aspect of music-in-the-making in these recordings.

Each musicians' contribution enhances the writing and arranging I put into place in ways I wouldn't have imagined at the outset. Hannah Marshall is an experienced improviser with a flare for the cello that goes far beyond its wood panelled historicity. Mat Martin is a multi-instrumental string player and although we have worked together previously, this is the first time we have explored anything using partly improvised elements. Mat had a lot to offer the group in terms of temperament and lyrical expression. I have worked with Fyfe Dangerfield in many different guises, initially in a hip hop outfit we called The Executive Caveman and later as an additional member of his indie-pop group Guillemots. I have garnered a great deal from working with Fyfe over the years, leading to my own desire in striking a balance between popular and experimental music. Dominic Lash is a multi-faceted bass player with an ability to absorb a wide range of traditions and techniques yet his own playing remains vibrant and entirely his own. My first exposure to Mark Sanders was seeing him with the saxophonist Evan Parker, and this sparked a desire to discover the ecstatic possibilities of free improvisation on my own terms. Mark’s drumming on these recordings remains brilliantly relaxed yet he offers a sharp ability to corner the compositional lines exactly where and when it matters. Stuart Wilding offers some additional textures using a rarified assortment of junk yard instruments and percussion.
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Chris Cundy UK

www.chriscundy.com
Playing bass clarinet, saxophones, and other unusual woodwind instruments - Chris is a composer and performer exploring an experimental practice while also working in popular music. Other activities include writing theatre music, performing modern classical and free improvisation. ... more

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