New CD/Download Information from Vision of Sound/Simon Vincent “Stations Of The Cross

visionVision Of Sound Records & Publishing was launched in 1997 by critically-acclaimed London-born musician Simon Vincent, whose music has been described as “visionary and expressive”, “rich and surprising”, “exquisite”, “mesmerising”, “transcendental, yet unshakably earthbound”.

Full catalogue details are available via www.vision-of-sound.com

Project Information

vision1Simon Vincent is a composer / performer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music whose new contemporary classical composition Stations of the Cross is the focus of a 9-concert tour which will see the composition performed in Cathedrals and Churches including Wells Cathedral, St. Ann’s Manchester, St. Mungo’s Edinburgh, and Lincoln Cathedral where the work will receive its official premiere.

Inspired by William Fairbank’s installation in Lincoln Cathedral entitled Forest Stations (see http://www.williamfairbank.com/stations/stationindex.htm), and galvanised by a visit to Jerusalem in 2015, Simon has composed a substantial work for solo piano depicting the process of Christ’s spiritual, emotional and corporeal journey, accompanying His path to Crucifixion and subsequent Resurrection. The composition takes the form of 17 small movements and is characterised by sustained chords and melodic fragments which are intended as moments for refection and prayer.

The work and the tour itself intend to stimulate discussion of the relationship of the individual to both a society and a state which are not only capable of ‘looking away’ but also of allowing suffering. These are themes of truly vital relevance to us today and the audience is invited to discuss the work and its surrounding themes with Simon after each performance.

Tracklisting and Product Information

Track 1: Meditations on Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane; Track 2: First Offering: Opening; Track 3: Station I: Jesus , a man of truth, is condemned to death by the crowd, through their government; Track 4: Station II: The truth is beaten and flogged and roped to the execution beam; Track 5: Station III: He falls under pressure from without; Track 6: Station IV: He is helped by his mother; Track 7: Station V: He is helped by Simon of Cyrene; Track 8: Station VI: He is helped by Veronica, who wipes his face; Track 9: Station VII: He falls for the second time under pressure from within; Track 10: Station VIII: Jesus turning said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children”; Track 11: Station IX: Under great pressure from the crowd, he falls for a third time; Track 12: Station X: We strip him of his clothes; Track 13: Station XI: Jesus is held down by the crowd as the tools of government drive in the nails; Track 14: Station XII: He is executed on the cross; Track 15: Station XIII:  The body of Jesus is held by his mother; Track 16: Station XIV: He is enclosed into his tomb; Track 17: Station XV: Illumination, Awareness, Enlightenment, insight, Inspiration, Understanding; Track 18: Second Offering: Conclusion

VOSCD-003 will be available as a mid-priced CD through Discovery Records Ltd. and as digital download, including 96kHz 24bit high resolution through www.vision-of-sound.com

Composer Information

Nominated in 2014 for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, Simon Vincent is a performer and composer of acoustic and electronic music, who has challenged the boundaries of genre and musical expression with a highly personal language since the early 1990‘s.

“Visionary and expressive”, “rich and surprising”, “exquisite”, “mesmerising”, “transcendental, yet unshakably earthbound”, “masterful”, “Debussy-like”, Simon’s music has attracted praise and radio play from critics as varied as Ben Watson, Julian Cowley, Nick Luscombe, Massimo Ricci, Gilles Peterson, Fourtet, and has been reviewed internationally in many publications including The Wire, De:Bug, Knowledge Magazine, Dragon Jazz, Extranormal and Kudos.

Releasing work on Erstwhile Records, EMANEM, L’innomable, as well as own label Vision of Sound, Simon‘s unique work has led to appearances worldwide at the Glastonbury Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), ICA London, London Fashion Week, Club Transmediale (Berlin), National Museum (Stockholm), Progression Sessions (London), Huddersfeld Contemporary Music Festival, Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt), Visiones Sonoras (Mexico City), Making New Waves (Budapest), >Sync 2013 Yekaterinburg, Q-02 Brussels, as well as on Resonance FM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, Ministry of Sound Radio, XFM, and FM4-Austria among many others.

Simon has just completed 3 new works commissioned by London-based RPO trombonist Matthew Gee and is currently composing a new commission for Malmo-based pianist Jesper Olsson to be performed in 2018.

For more information visit www.simon-vincent.com

If you wish to hear selected electro-acoustic works, please click the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/visionofsound/sets/simon-vincent-experimental

Performance Dates

The tour will also feature the earlier solo piano work Meditations on Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (2013) as well as a recent commission La Mia Coppa Trabocca (2016) for piano and 2-channel electronic playback, and Simon will present the new recording of Stations of the Cross, released on Vision Of Sound Records.

3rd April:  Café Oto, London
13th April: St Ann’s, Manchester
18th April: (Premiere) Chapter House, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln
20th April: St. Gregory’s, Canterbury
24th April: Wells Cathedral, Wells
27th April: St Mary Le Bow, London
5th May: Holy Trinity Church, Hull
6th May: St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
20th May: Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

The tour has been made possible through financial support from Arts Council England

Note for Editors and Journalists

Please request a review copy of the CD via john@musicandmediaconsulting.com . Interviews with Simon Vincent can be quickly arranged as required.

The CD will be fully serviced to appropriate media contacts.

Advertising will include BBC Music magazine (May Issue).

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