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Matthew Halsall unveils new band and announces ‘Salute to the Sun’ his new album on Gondwana Records

Matthew Halsall unveils his new band and announces “Salute to the Sun” his new album on Gondwana Records and shares his first single “Joyful Spirits of the Universe”. Matthew is a composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, His soulful playing radiates a thoughtful beauty and a composer and band-leader who has created his own rich sound world. A sound that draws on the heritage of British jazz, the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as world music and electronica influences, and even modern art and architecture, to create something uniquely his own.

"Salute to the Sun" is his first album as a leader since “Into Forever” (2015) and marks the debut of his new band. A hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young musicians: Matt Cliffe flute & saxophone, Maddie Herbert harp, Liviu Gheorghe piano, Alan Taylor drums and Jack McCarthy percussion as well as long-time Halsall collaborator, bassist, Gavin Barras who has been at the heart of Halsall’s bands for over a decade. For Matthew it was important to have a band based locally and able, pre-Covid, to meet and play each week, and who also performed a sold-out monthly basement session at Yes in Manchester. The album draws energy from these sessions and inspiration from themes and ideas that have inspired Halsall through the years (on albums such as “Oneness”, “Fletcher Moss Park” and “When the World Was One”) ideas of ecology, the environment and harmony with nature.

Watch below a video to Matthew Halsall new song “Joyful Spirits of the Universe”, from his forthcoming new album “Salute to the Sun”:

"Salute to the Sun" features lush wholly improvised tunes inspired by ambient rainforest and jungle field recordings, deeply soulful tunes built around hypnotic harp and kalimba patterns, deep Strata-East inspired spiritual jazz grooves and some of Halsall’s most beautiful playing and inspiring healing melodies yet recorded.

“I feel Salute to the Sun is a positive earthy album. I wanted to create something playful but also quite primitive, earthy and organic that connected to the sounds in nature. I was listening to lush ambient field recordings of tropical environments such as jungles and rainforests and found myself drawn to percussive atmospheric sounds which replicated what I was hearing (bells / shakers / chimes / rain sticks) and I started to experiment with more wooden percussive instruments such as kalimba and marimba”, Matthew Halsall said.


Listen below to Matthew Halsall new song “Joyful Spirits of the Universe”, from his forthcoming new album “Salute to the Sun”:

Matthew Halsall new album “Salute to the Sun” is out on 20th November 2020, via Gondwana Records.



Matthew Halsall - tumpet

Matt Cliffe - flute & saxophone,

Maddie Herbert - harp,

Liviu Gheorghe - piano,

Alan Taylor - drums

Jack McCarthy - percussion

Gavin Barras - bass



  1. Harmony with Nature
  2. Joyful Spirits of the Universe
  3. Canopy & Stars
  4. Mindfulness Meditations
  5. Tropical Landscapes
  6. Salute to the Sun
  7. The Energy of Life

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:


Ludivine Issambourg, Mr Gib - No More - Mr Gib Remix

Diamond C, Leroy Horns, Ricketscience - Point of Contact

Potatohead People, De La Soul, Posdnuos, Kapok - Baby Got Work

Emmaline - Ladylike

Jackson Mathod - Spanish Bifter

The Ncy Milky Band - Burn’IN

Surprise Chef - Deadlines

Andrew Ashong, Kaidi Tatham - Washed In You

Maisha - Open the Gates

Joy Crookes - You & Me Song

Jab- 6 Degrees of Separation

Nubiyan Twist, CHERISE - Tittle Tattle

WorldService Project - Deeper

Million Square - Jenova

Pink Freud - Pink Sunrise

The Diabolical Liberties, Emma-Jean Thackray - High Protection

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - SHOWTIME

Takuya Kuroda - TKBK

Okvsho - LS Shuffle

Kosmo Sound – Rank


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