News from Nimbus Alliance Records/Flautist ANDY FINDON
Artist: Andy Findon
Title: Density 21.5
Catalogue No: NI6157 
Discs: Single CD/Standard Case
UK PPD: £8.70
UK Release: Available Now
Andy Scott: KBM* (flute); Edgar Varèse: Density 21.5 (flute); Michael Nyman: Song for Tony* (baritone sax); Geoff Eales: The 11th Commandment* (flute); J.S. Bach: partita in A minor for solo flute; Andy Scott: Eighteen* (baritone sax); Michael Nyman: Canzona* (flute); Dave Heath: Coltrane* (alto flute); David Cullen: Sonata for solo flute*; Michael Nyman: Yamomoto Perpetuo #5* (baritone sax); Michael Nyman: Yamomoto Perpetuo #9* (piccolo); Michael Nyman: Song for Tony* (flute)
* World Premiere Recording
Total Playing Time 69.41
This long awaited, enterprising debut solo recording displaying Andy Findon’s musicianship, features unaccompanied works for flute, alto flute, baritone sax and piccolo, including ten world premiere recordings of compositions by contemporary British composers. Andy has professional relationships with all of the contributing composers whose premieres feature on this CD.
There are two pieces from Andy Scott who is fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting composers of today. To further demonstrate Andy’s talent as a flautist, the pieces by Geoff Eales and David Cullen are very accessible. Geoff Eales, the renowned pianist, arranger, and jazzman provides his composition “The 11th Commandment” which draws out a breathtaking performance. David Cullen’s main career to date is as the orchestrator for Andrew Lloyd Webber, so having the opportunity to write for a solo instrument is a challenge admirably acquitted here.
The connection between Andy Findon and Michael Nyman is clearly underlined with four Nyman compositions, one of which is a work from 1965, “Canzona” – again all premieres – including “Song for Tony” performed twice, once on baritone sax, and then on flute.
Dave Heath’s composition “Coltrane” is in tribute to a musician admired by both Heath and Findon, the first half is blues, and the second half is rhythmically and harmonically influenced by North Indian music. At Dave’s suggestion, this is the premier performance of his 1981 work on alto flute.
Also featured on this CD are Bach’s Partita in A minor and the well known 20th century composition “Density 21.5” by Edgar Varèse. It is this piece that gives the CD its title, for 21.5 grams per cubic centimetre is the density of platinum, and features Andy’s platinum flute made in 1950 for Geoffrey Gilbert – the most highly renowned British Flautist active from 1930 to the late 1960’s.
Andy’s background of mixed musical experience has led to an incredibly diverse career. Having trained as an orchestral flautist, as principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra in the early 1970’s and three years at the Royal College of Music, he soon branched out into the London musical scene, from dance band dates (working for Nat Temple, Joe Loss, Eric Delaney & Sidney Lipton among others) to Ballet Rambert, taking in The National Theatre and the formation of the Myhra Saxophone Quartet with John Harle. He soon found work in the thriving “session” world and was busy deputising in the London orchestras and working on numerous West End shows. An interest in “ethnic” instruments seemed to fit well alongside work as both an orchestral flautist and a commercial “woodwind doubler”. He has played with an enormous list of renowned international artists, composers, arrangers and producers.
The early 80’s saw the start of work with the “Michael Nyman Band”, with whom he still tours and records, and a most enjoyable period as a member of the folk-rock band, “The Home Service”, recording albums with them and appearing at leading folk festivals, recently back on the road with the CD – “Home Service, Live 1986”. He is also a member of “Acoustic Earth” a trio with whom he’s released the CD – “Travelling Man”. Andy is principal flute of The National Symphony Orchestra, and works with many other chamber groups, including The Ceruti Ensemble, London Saxophonic, Sax Assault and Saxpak.. More information about Andy can be viewed at www.andyfindon.com
Andy is a “Pearl Flutes International Artist” (www.pearlflutes.com )
Press/Media and Marketing
The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical & jazz music press and radio. Advertising will include major appropriate music magazines and publications. For more details, and to request a review sample and/or an interview request, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.
NI6157 Andy Findon Density Press Release. (82.7 KiB)