Two master musicians, Matthew Barley on cello and Adrian Freedman shakuhachi, embark on a night-time journey of musical improvisation… gently expanding musical phrases intertwining with the spirit of the night and finding repose in the dawn.
“This album came into being gradually over a period of more than 10 years. Matthew and I first met and played together informally in 2006. There was an immediate rapport, and a sense of synergy between us and our instruments. The rich tonal colours of the shakuhachi and cello seemed to compliment each other perfectly, and I sensed an almost telepathic connection with Matthew in the spontaneous melodies arising from our free improvisation.
Three years later in 2009 we gave a recital of improvised music at Kings Place Hall in London, together with the tabla player Sanju Sahai and the Hang player Ravid Goldschmidt. We had to wait three years for the next chance to play together, again a concert of improvised music at Kings Place Hall, this time a simple duo for shakuhachi and cello. We then set the intention to record an album together.
Two years later, one moonlit Autumn evening, we hired a small church with a beautiful acoustic in the Devonshire countryside. There we spent a transformative night playing music from dusk to dawn in an inspired flow. We came away from the session with 7 hours of recorded material. It was another two years before this raw material had been crafted into these seven pieces.“