A couple of years ago Brian Eno invited me to go with him to a meeting in Piccadilly about a mysterious film project called Dau. What I saw there left me in no doubt that the project is the most exciting thing to happen in cinema in my lifetime – though it goes way beyond cinema.
I was involved in some of the music that Brian contributed. Dau recently opened in Paris – more info here.
Congratulations Guster! ‘Look Alive’ is out today. We had such a blast making this almost a year ago in Calgary, Montreal and NY. I’m so glad it’s now out in the world.
The Crying Of Tanbur is a short film made by the director of the Tajikistan documentary that I took part in earlier this year. Anisa Sabiri, native to rural Tajikistan, hopes the film will shine a light on the history and horrors of the civil war and conflicts that have affected so many in her homeland, but are often forgotten by the rest of the world.
It is a brilliant piece of work and has been doing really well on the festival circuit. The producers are trying to raise money for the continuing promotion of the film. It’s a worthy cause, and the GoFundMe link is here.
I’m in New York at Figure 8, working with my friend Shahzad Ismaily to finish off a couple of projects. One is a record of improvised guitar duets that Shahzad and I have been putting together whenever we find ourselves in the same city, and the other is more of a group effort based around Martin France and I, featuring Arve Henriksen, Matana Roberts, Tim Harries and Shahzad.
Last week Tom Rogerson of Three Trapped Tigers came to the studio. Improvisation is a large part of his approach, but we are also re-framing and redeveloping material that came about in earlier sessions.
I wrote a piece for this month’s Songlines magazine about the Roof Of The World Festival in Tajikistan.
Imogen Heap has released her soundtrack to Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – I’m on it, though I have no idea where.
Lastly I’ll be taking part in a live stream for Spitfire Audio on November 22nd, about my approach to playing guitar on film soundtracks. Check out their Facebook for updates.
I’ve added lots of new images to the photography section from my recent trip to Tajikistan, here.
Congratulations to Tunng! The response to this record has been amazing. I’m really proud to have mixed it.