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Danford records solo album

The percussionist Dave Danford has been busy in the studio recording his debut solo album

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The release, Rhythmic Renaissance, is a collection of the most popular works from Dave's solo recitals over the last few years and a number of the pieces featured are being recorded for the very first time.

Classical mood

Tracks from two major classical composers appear on the album; the first is a concert piece from Derek Bourgeois, Adagio for Vibraphone, which Dave premiered during a recital in Cardiff in May 2006. Adagio is adapted from the slow movement of Bourgeois' Concerto for Percussion and Brass Band, with the composer himself having described Dave's reading of the concerto as magnificent.

The other work is Concerto Accademico by Vaughan Williams. This was originally a concerto for violin, and it was in late 2005 that Dave arranged the first movement for marimba and vibraphone, specifically for a recital at the Amadeus Centre, London in January 2006. The full length concerto was premiered at a concert in Swansea in late June 2006 and it is in this form that it appears on the album.

Original works

Elsewhere on the release are a number of original percussion compositions including 2 unaccompanied marimba items; Virginia Tate by American composer Paul Smadback and Katamiya by French composer Emmanuel Sejourne.

The release date is currently set for the beginning of March 2007 and Dave will be on tour throughout April, May and June to promote the album. Along with a number of solo recital dates, there are currently numerous dates with brass bands around the UK being organised and a full schedule will be released shortly.

The CD will be available from 4BR Shopping


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