beautiful noise

The 3rd Edition (Japanese edition) of my debut came out last week & a sample of their wonderful packaging of the album came to me in the post today. I’m so thrilled that this album, which was conceived with many challenges and near tragedy, continues to take flight around the world. THANK YOU. x

A lovely review of ” A Good Land, An Excellen Land” from across the pond.

This is the first review from the USA & its a corker. Thanks folk at imoveilive : 

http://imoveilive.com/album-review-a-good-land-an-excellent-land-by-tiny-leaves/

I’ve been using this lovely piece of software to make lush sounds & am currently completing the next album with it, its free & created by a great US modern composer / indie-classical artist Christopher Tignor (wiresundertension.com). I hope to share something from it very soon with you.
LIVE NEXT WEEK ! 
TINY LEAVES - NEXT LIVE SHOW -

ST-MARTINS-IN-THE-BULLRING / BIRMINGHAM / 06-06-14 / 12:30 - 1:00PM GRATUIT !
I’d like to say that here in the UK we are experiencing one of the most remarkable Springs I can remember as our trees, burgeoning with clouds of tiny flowers, are applauded by a raucous chorus of birdsong. Driving back from the Welsh coast yesterday I was struck the perfect spring green rolling fields were with their own soundtrack of the new lambs’ distant bleating under very welcome sea-blue skies. As I write this I’m over the half-way point with the next album which has had a surge of new parts and pieces & likewise new energy. I’m quite surprised by how it develops, in particular one track, initially intended to be the entire album. I left this track for a number of months as it became too big to work with and thought I’d reduce it in length to make it like the other tracks fitting into a more conventional album like the last one. However in revisiting it recently, with the motivation to cut it back, I began playing around with alternative arrangements of a Piano section, to which I added string accompaniment, only to land with another entire section, thus lengthening the piece. I’m now considering this to be a double album or something similar. In any case the hope is to begin finalising pieces and going into the studio before not to long. xx 

Behind the scenes photography of TINY LEAVES | ABRAHAM Video beautifully captured by Suzanne Nolan  shot last summer.

I had the most amazing picnic experience yesterday, we turned up in the sunshine which very soon became a vast wintery storm (seen disappearing to the right of this image) then an amazing rainbow arched in-front of us as we welcomed back the sunshine & flew a kite over the top of it. I don’t think I’ll ever move from this beautiful place!

An insight into the first few seconds of the next TINY LEAVES live performance…

Incase you thought : ‘Is he even doing anything other than enjoying faux scandinavian & french breakfasts in the UK'…Yes I am, although a little Eggs Benedict too. I'm still working on the next album which is beginning to sound very exciting, as I approach the end of its first draft. I’m also putting together a live set ready for performances from June this year, linking some of the old & new pieces together. There is also another exciting project brewing - which I’ll let out of the bag later. Enjoy the springing of tiny leaves  xxxxx

Incase you thought : ‘Is he even doing anything other than enjoying faux scandinavian & french breakfasts in the UK'…Yes I am, although a little Eggs Benedict too. I'm still working on the next album which is beginning to sound very exciting, as I approach the end of its first draft. I’m also putting together a live set ready for performances from June this year, linking some of the old & new pieces together. There is also another exciting project brewing - which I’ll let out of the bag later. Enjoy the springing of tiny leaves  xxxxx

WHAT FOLLOWS III

Whilst being busy composing the next album, almost hearing nothing but the every nuance of its growth,the to-and-froing over the same four seconds of strings or a recent flurry with a clarinet in amongst some post-rock guitar noises, I was pleasantly warmed by this early video. The beginnings of Tiny Leaves, writing most of my early work in this old church office a stones throw from our former (tiny) home in a town near London, having to cram in writing sessions between work & babies, often after hours in the cold & usually very tired. Not that I’m in its fullness yet but seeing this makes me so thankful that there is more space to write in the daylight & most importantly time to write: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Tzv-fjApE

This is the intro track from my debut album ‘A Good Land, An Excellent Land’ released last year. The piece was written as a graphic score for harmonics on Cello, Violin & Double-bass, accompanied by bowed guitar & electric bass. It was ironically the last track recorded on the album & a really special moment when all the parts were first heard together, extending beyond my expectation for the opener. If you buy the CD you also get the seamless design by which this runs directly into track two & the last track runs back into this when on looped playback. It could well be my favourite moment of the albums conception. Cover photo is by Oscar May at Union Chapel.
To buy the album go here :- http://tinyleaves.bandcamp.com/

I’m revealing just the first minute of my next piece/LP in the form of music scoring that I use. 
A New Year & now in the throes of the next LP in this, at times, rather cold studio!

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