Music for the Moon and the Trees

A 12 track ambient album (43m 45s) — released August 12th 2022 on Blackford Hill

Music for the Moon and the Trees by classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski and experimental musician Tommy Perman is the result of a long-held wish that the two childhood friends would get the chance to create an album together. It's a meditative album; a gentle thing of serene beauty and quiet innovation.

Taking advantage of a break in the Mexico-based guitarist's busy touring schedule, the duo took to a woodland cottage in rural Scotland to record the album over five days in midsummer 2019, using solar and wind power generated entirely on-site.

Arriving from Venice, Morgan joined Tommy in Kinross-shire for a night of listening to music and chatting by the light of a fire and the full moon about the album they might create together. Tommy shared Japanese electronic musician Isao Tomita's 1970s electronic reworking of Clair De Lune. Both Morgan and Tommy's father share a birthday with Claude Debussy, and these coincidences persuaded them to quote from Clair De Lune in the recordings they made throughout the week.

All of the sounds heard on the album were recorded in the woodland surrounding the cottage. There was a childlike sense of wonder as the duo recorded the sounds of the trees, birds, bats and an assortment of found percussion. Convolution reverbs were created by snapping twigs and pinging spruce branches. Much of the music was improvised with live single-take performances by Morgan combined with Tommy's computer generative improvisations.

Tommy Perman and Morgan Szymanski met 25 years ago when the latter came from his native Mexico to finish his education at Broughton High School in Edinburgh. In that time they have both carved out distinguished creative careers: Morgan as one of his country’s most renowned classical guitarists and Tommy as arguably Scotland’s most innovative artists, combining music and inspiriting conceptional art (his Cybraphon is displayed in the National Museum). - The Scotsman

Track played on 'Unclassified' on Thursday 14th July 2022 - Elizabeth Alker BBC Radio 3

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