Liverpool-based composer, saxophonist and founder of Immix Ensemble, Daniel Thorne, will release his invigorating and powerful debut solo album Lines of Sight on March 15th and shares the first track From Inside, Looking Out.
"My original plan for this piece was that it would be the opening movement of a three-part suite, and I liked the idea of starting with a jolting, dramatic kind of gesture. I wanted the listener to feel dropped into the middle of something chaotic and overwhelming, with a gradual progression towards something peaceful and static. I also wanted to create the feeling of a descent, as if travelling from the stratosphere all the way to the bottom of the ocean."
Deeply moving, full of otherworldly beauty and rapture, the album is alive, throbbing like a circulatory system, colourful and glowing. It literally dazzles – effectively capturing what the birth (or death) of a planet might sound like.
Every strand is fresh, vital and purposeful. The description ‘seamless’ might suggest a smooth, bland fusion, but here elements overlap in intermittent, undulating layers of mesh. Avant-garde, noise, electronics, ecclesiastical, classical and a touch of jazz come together, each occupying their own space while acquiescing with the whole.
Lines of Sight follows Thorne’s work as artistic director of the acclaimed, collaboration-focussed group Immix Ensemble. Together with experimental electronic artist Vessel, he co-wrote Transition released on Erased Tapes in 2016, described by BBC Radio 6’s Mary Anne Hobbs as “a remarkable new piece of music”. More recently, he worked with acclaimed modular synth wizard Luke Abbott, to create a four-part suite, which was premiered live in June 2017. Immix Ensemble have also performed special live commissions with Kelly Lee Owens, Dialect, Jane Weaver and Bill Ryder-Jones, among others.
After a first solo performance at Sea Change Festival 2018, the new year will see Daniel tour across Europe, promoting the forthcoming release of Lines of Sight.
European Tour Dates:
13.2. Rotondes — Luxembourg, LU (with Daniel Brandt)
14.2. Melkweg — Amsterdam, NL (with Daniel Brandt)
15.2. Doornroosje — Nijmegen, NL (with Daniel Brandt)
16.2. Botanique — Brussels, BE - (with Daniel Brandt)
26.2. Corsica Studios — London, UK (with Daniel Brandt)
10.4. 24 Kitchen Street — Liverpool, UK (with Terry Riley & Gyan Riley)
· listen to From Inside, Looking Out
· pre-order Lines of Sight on LP/CD/DL
· book tickets for the tour