fell swoop

by Francis Binns

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Fell Swoop was funded and produced by Joe Crompton in a modern day philanthropic move to prevent his best friend Binns “taking his tunes to his grave”. The collection of contemporary compositions was captured in a day at Acapela studios on a Yamaha grand, the first time Binns' solo work has been professionally recorded for public release. Likened to Nyman, Evans and Eno, the results are beautiful: a timeless treat of harmonic piano minimalism that gives credit to years of improvisation and experimentation by its composer. His piano compositions are created by improvisation. An idea will develop and then will be revisited over a number of days, weeks or even years: The title track, Fell Swoop, was composed to be played at his friends’ wedding after the vows: a piece of calm minimalism to let everyone breathe and take in the occasion. Tom was composed while at work, based on a very simple melody, it was noticed that Tom, a profoundly disabled student, was smiling while listening. In subsequent lessons it would never fail to recreate the same response.Nocturne in C# minor was originally written when he was discovering the likes of Beethoven and Chopin at a tender age of 14, and has been slightly altered since. Cramer was written when Binns first got a piano back in his house after 15 years and was written in a weekend. The most recently composed track was Sight Unseen, in a scale that is evocative of the works of Debussy.

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released January 26, 2018

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