‘Layers’ is a new track by The Digital Ensemble, a group of musicians with disabilities who compose and perform original music in a variety of styles. The track is the result of collaboration between CP Productions and Drake Music Scotland and was supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (Access to Music Making fund). Zack Moir worked primarily with Paul Duff of The Digital Ensemble to write, record and develop ways to perform this innovative music. The track was recorded with the rest of The Digital Ensemble in Slate Room Studios, Scotland’s newest professional recoding facility in January of this year. This documentary shows how the composition and production of this music was approached.
The track is out now to buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/layers-single/id971257721
(all proceeds to The Digital Ensemble)
A few years ago, knowing I absolutely adored the John Coltrane album, "A Love Supreme", a friend gave me an incredible book by Ashley Kahn : "A Love Surpreme/The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album." Reading the book, I discovered something remarkable: the fourth movement, Psalm, was actually John Coltrane playing the 'words' of the poem that was included in the original liner notes. Apparently he put the handwritten poem on the music stand in front of him, and 'played' it, as if it were music. I immediately played the movement while reading the poem, and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was one of the most inspirational and spiritual moments of my life.
I've seen some nice versions of this posted on the net, but wanted to make one using his exact handwriting. I also wanted to keep it simple. The music and John's poem are what's important. I hope you enjoy this. I hope this song inspires and leads everyone to more love and compassion.