Suffolk Moon

A 1 track crossover classical single (5m 14s) — released April 21st 2023 on Blackford Hill

London saxophonist and composer Samuel Sharp has two secret weapons for captivating his audiences. His saxophone and his storytelling. His innovatively crafted soundscapes blur the lines between classical, jazz and electronic music.

A playful, mellifluous and sometimes dizzying brew, Samuel layers and weaves his saxophone notes into intriguing, soporific and occasionally slapstick patterns, with only a small batch of effects pedals for accompaniment.

"Every track on the album has a story behind it so it makes sense to repaint the scene live onstage," explains Samuel, who will release Consequential, his second solo album and first release with Scottish label Blackford Hill in June.

The album's second single Suffolk Moon drenches us in dusk-inspired tape delays as Sharp's freestyle intro makes way for an ambient triplet pattern. Here we join him on a dark country lane on the outskirts of Southwold in Suffolk, spotting wild rabbits at play, when he is suddenly transfixed by the mysterious and majestic moon creeping out from behind the clouds.

Samuel is also known for co-founding and curating the post-classical club night Counter Chamber in Hoxton. "I rehearse the talking bits of my shows as well as the music. I've been to stuffy classical recitals over the years and seen baffling sets in arts venues so I want people to feel comfortable at my performances."

Already counting Hannah Peel, Stuart Maconie and Tom Ravenscroft among his fans, Consequential is sure to draw more admirers into Samuel's rich world of ambient electronic instrumentals.

One of the great sax innovators of our time. - Gordon Rutherford Louder Than War

Beautiful use of the saxophone. - Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2

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