Emmy award-winning composer Michael Price shares the visual for Quarry Bank, taken from his forthcoming album Tender Symmetry, released on August 31 with Erased Tapes.
The ambitious musical project takes in a series of iconic National Trust locations across the UK as its inspiration, turning them into unlikely recording spaces. Michael and a host of musicians and collaborators — including soprano Grace Davidson (featured on Max Richter’s Sleep) and Shards (the choir on Nils Frahm’s All Melody) — travelled across the country in pursuit of places far removed from the traditional studio to create seven unique and moving pieces.
"Quarry Bank is a massive, imposing site - one of the earliest cotton mills in the country, together with a beautiful Georgian owner’s house. I tried to capture some of the energy and dislocation between the two spaces, recording the strings in the refined Georgian home, but asking them to play with drive and machine-like conviction, and then had two fine woodwind players improvising in the steam engine chambers deep under the main mill itself. I also fed in some tape-processed found sounds from the clattering looms themselves." — Michael Price
The diversity of Michael Price’s choices ranges from the ruins of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire to the Fan Bay WWII shelter, cut deep into the chalk cliffs of Dover. All owned by the National Trust save one, each venue became both the inspiration and the recording studio for Michael Price and his accompaniment of renowned musical ensembles, choirs and soloists.
Michael Price will premiere Tender Symmetry live at London’s Kings Place on September 6.
· watch the trailer for Quarry Bank
· pre-order Tender Symmetry on LP/CD/DL
· book tickets for Kings Place