Grainger, Murray | Summerhayes, Adam
Grainger, Murray (accordeon) | accordina | Summerhayes, Adam (violin)
I love listening to music that feels as if it is being created at that very moment – and whatever I am playing, that is what I hope to access. I first realised how important this is to me as a performer during a live BBC World Service broadcast on which I was featured as a student – spontaneously deciding not to play what I had planned, but just to play and see what happened, introducing it with something like, “people say that when I play at my best, it sounds like improvising – so I am going to improvise”. That didn’t
fell like a brave or reckless step at the time, it did not even occur to me that I might dry up – or that some might think that music created live would have less merit than the compositions of the classical masters or an old folk tune. And – still – it doesn’t feel like that. That’s exactly what this disc is.
RULES FOR RECORDING AN ALBUM
1. Prepare – work out the repertoire and arrangements before entering the studio.
2. Rehearse – ensure that you know the material thoroughly.
3. Allow plenty of time – record each track a number of times.
This album follows none of these rules:
No preparations were made
No rehearsals took place
No track was played more than once
A stream of consciousness forn from the folk tradition
An epic soundtrack without a film
A folk symphony
A story without words
Profound and eloquent, epic and haunting, wild, dramatic and occasionally unhinged.
Adam Summerhayes’s ‘intoxicating – virtuoso fiddle playing’ (The Times) entwines with Murray Grainger’s subtly woven tapestries of sound and rises above his rampant and intoxicated accordion bellowings in an unpredictable and powerful new look at old tunes.
Adam Summerhayes & Murray Grainger