THE SONG OF THE ICE

Steve Garrett

Music, science, animation and imagery brought together telling the story of the life of the Antarctic ice sheet in three parts.

1. isolate: the last 180 million years - other continents move away, ending with Antarctica isolated and the ice sheet forming.

2. grow: the last 30 million years — the ice sheet forms and moves, accompanied by the sounds of icequakes. The video (see below) has images from my field work across the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica.

3. breathe: the last 0.8 million years — the rise and fall of C02 in ice cores converted to sound and music, with a change at the end reflecting recent conditions.

Full video at https://youtu.be/iAwHB-yjVGY
Background talk at https://youtu.be/seDOaPjLlls
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IN ARDEN

Steve Garrett and Peter Lowit with James Edge

New music for the acoustic guitar and double bass - four hands, ten strings, and two bits of wood. The title track, inspired by the music of Nick Drake and the Annual Nick Drake Gathering, has a shimmering string quartet arrangement by James Edge. Working in this duo format, we are grateful to stand on the shoulders of giants such as Danny Thompson & John Martyn or Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny.

Launched during the August 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, featured on BBC Radio Scotland Jazz Nights.

Braw Day video at https://youtu.be/iYHWGPsl4JM
Mr CC video at https://youtu.be/dUj-bbd445c

" ... a tasteful, melodic and inventive jazz guitarist ... what they do with folky themes, jazzy chords and a sliver of Bach is a delight ... lush strings ... growling percussive bass ... the nimble dance of the music suits their duet playing perfectly ... time stands still ... will not disappoint."
Marc Higgins, FATEA

"... an attractive and readily accessible collection of tunes ... precise acoustic guitar picking ... the prospect of a longer release one to look forward to"
Bruce Lindsay, Jazz Journal

" ... a superb double act ... a real connection with the audience ... what is special about these two musicians is the lyricism of their playing ... a great narrative spun around much of the music ... wonderful stuff"
Moray Jazz Club

"... a pastoral piece to send you drifting away …"
folking

"... beautiful playing ... a wonderful EP … a piece of gorgeousness …"
Rick Stuart, Roots and Fusion 521
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DISCOVER AND ENDURE

Steve Garrett

Solo electric guitar album inspired by stories and experience of landscape, exploration and human endurance. Inspiration includes the RRS Discovery expedition southern journey of 1902-3, sunlight shimmering on water on the edge of Cairngorms National Park, piobaireachd traditional music, midwinter celebrations, Gustav Holst's masterpiece Egdon Heath, and experiences in remote places.

Launched at RRS Discovery, Dundee (pictured). A 'Roots & Fusion' Essential Album of 2019.

"... utterly captivating ... quite unique ... simply stunning ... surprising album of music that manages to be engaging and quietly virtuosic at the same time ... clear, decisive, resonant and beautifully recorded ... with his guitar and Castlesound’s ambience and you have Scotland’s answer to an enigmatic ECM album."
Marc Higgins, FATEA Magazine

''... evocative sound pictures ... footsteps on frozen Antarctic snow .... a palette of tones and colour in the changing light ... Celtic nuances lend warmth ... 'Egdon Heath' .. tones underline ... its dark, foreboding presence'
David Innes, RNR Magazine

"... Garrett's own pieces are strong and memorable."
fROOTS Magazine

''... your arrangement of Egdon Heath was remarkable"
Chris Cope, The Holst Society

''... what is delivered is all music reflecting the flexibility and capability of the guitar as an instrument ... professionally delivered by the artist"
Hugh C, BebopSpokenHere

''... behind that cool, clear single-string work and those unaggressively jazzy chords, there’s sensitivity as well as technique, and musicality that goes far beyond easy listening'
David Harley, folking

'...clearly a musician dedicated to virtuosity ... duly, no three minute pop songs here ... soundtrack for a documentary as yet unwritten'
Bluesbunny

"... a beautifully rewarding album …"
Rick Stuart, Roots & Fusion 538
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EVEN SONG

Steve Garrett

Solo electric guitar album with a reflective mood mirroring the fading light at the end of the day. Original pieces and some modern jazz tunes are mixed with songs from the 1980’s and traditional songs from Sweden, Scotland, North America and England culminating in the haunting third mode melody of Thomas Tallis (1561).

Oregon live video at https://youtu.be/2T-_xSiJnM0

'... this drew me in helplessly ... it's the intent ... and the mood as well as the sincerity of approach that counts ... well worth discovering'
Stephen Graham, Marlbank

'... the notes being played hang in the air like butterflies caught on an updraft but whose own elegance and perfect sense of balance allows them to defy being s.wept away'
Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision

'... a challenging set of electric guitar instrumentals ... impressive harmonic sensibilities'
David Innes, R2 Magazine

'.. a collection of beautiful meditations ... takes time over every note and lingers in the deep, dark spaces between them ... conjures many images - empty, broken cathedrals, mist-drenched lochs, darkened cafes on rainy streets'
Adrian J Walker, iTunes

'..managed to transform the disparate starting points into something original ... throw away all preconceptions of jazz guitar indeed discard all preconceptions of anything - pour a glass of mead and enjoy'
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
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