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
Harmony with Nature
Joyful Spirits of the Universe
Canopy & Stars
Salute to the Sun
The Energy of Life
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The Ncy Milky Band - Burn’IN
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Joy Crookes - You & Me Song
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Nubiyan Twist, CHERISE - Tittle Tattle
WorldService Project - Deeper
Million Square - Jenova
Pink Freud - Pink Sunrise
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