British saxophonist Jess Gillam has announced the September release of her new album Time via Decca Classics. The album’s carefully curated track list will mirror the arc of energy in a passing day and the constant orbit of our existence.
Covering a range of styles, moods and influences from classical, to minimalism, to techno and alternative pop, Time will offer listeners a space to immerse themselves in an oasis of sound and reflection.
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Time features works by pioneering and genre-breaking artists and composers such as Anna Meredith, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Björk, James Blake, Philip Glass, Max Richter and Joby Talbot. The album also features newly commissioned works by contemporary composers Luke Howard and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).
Howard’s ‘Dappled Light’ is a reflection on early dawn and Gregory’s ‘Orbit’ is a reflection on the hustle and bustle of day.
The album is centered around Michael Nyman’s virtuosic concerto for saxophone and orchestra ‘Where the Bee Dances’. Jess Gillam recorded the concerto at Abbey Road Studios with the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Jess Gillam carefully curated the recording to be experienced as a whole, accompanying the listener through the unrelenting cycles of life itself. She explains, “Last year I moved to London and quickly became acutely aware of the speed and intensity of life. Everything is in constant orbit: I am orbiting around the world as a musician, there’s the orbit of a day, of thoughts around the mind and I noticed how many people are looking for a place to stop and reflect”.
“I began thinking about this and wanted to create an album which gives the listener space in which to immerse themselves and perhaps give them a moment away from the world as it is right now”.
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