Here's another brief update of selected projects and "other stuff" I have been involved with over the last few months.
KRONOS AT 40 Featuring Kronos Quartet with special guests Jarvis Cocker, David Coulter, Bryce Dessner and Mariana Sadovska
Jarvis Cocker and I spent several sessions in March and April writing a new commissioned piece for Kronos Quartet's 40th Anniversary Concert performed at Barbican Hall, London, 13 May 2014.
"Jarvis Cocker's Kerf found the reluctant national treasure introducing a note on electric organ that bloomed into a melody for musical saw, played by David Coulter. The strings and keyboard meditated upon that initial pitch while sending the saw off into mesmeric sci-fi swoops."
"After the interval, a bearded and be-suited Jarvis Cocker takes to the stage, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist David Coulter, who proceeds to ‘tune up’ his saw, to a few sniggers from the audience. Conducting with a nod of his head from behind a small electric organ, the Pulp frontman leads the ensemble through KERF, a fantastically creepy number, its eeriness suffused by the quiver and wobble of the expertly-played saw."
THE HANDSOME FAMILY AT THE 100 CLUB Sat in on saw, jaw harps and percussion with my old friends Brett and Rennie Sparks and Jason Toth (aka The Handsome Family) who were over touring and riding high on the success of their song Far From Any Road being used for opening credits of new cult TV series True Detective.
IN DREAMS: DAVID LYNCH REVISITED at Barbican Hall (20 June 2014)
"David Coulter paints pictures with sound." 4* The Guardian
This project finally saw the light of day after many years of me wanting and trying to make it and at least one previous attempt. Perseverance paid off and thanks to the backing of Bryn Ormrod at the Barbican and my co-producer Marc Cardonnel (and a team of premier league musicians and singers, technicians and crew) we delivered and received a standing ovation on Friday 20 June to a totally sold out 1800 capacity house. An ambition achieved. Hopefully the project has wings and we are currently negotiating dates for 2015.
“More than any other film director, David Lynch has always painted pictures with sound. It's clear that tonight's musical director, David Coulter, understands this. At the front of the stage is a giant log that Coulter saws in half to open the concert. The log is closely miked and drenched in reverb to make it even more sinister. Coulter then takes the same saw and bows it to play a goosebump-inducing version of John Morris's haunting theme to Elephant Man.”
4* The Guardian
"This is a fitting tribute to a film maker always taking risks."
4* The Independent
CIBO MATTO (CHIDO MATCHA) @ CAFE OTO (21 June 2014)
Chido Matcha is the one-off incarnation of Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori's NYC-based band, Cibo Matto. For this show they were joined by Seb Rochford (Polar Bear / Acoustic Ladyland) and Tom Herbert (The Invisible), PLUS David Coulter as a guest saw and jew's harp player.
A chance to sit in and play with my favourite musicians. Yuka and Miho are an amazing force of nature and Seb and Tom are the best rhythm section going! One of the most exciting gigs I've played in a very long time.