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The Last Days Of Meaning

December 22, 2010

Last Days of Meaning
The Last Days Of Meaning is the new album from Nitin Sawhney, due to be released in May 2011.

The official promo blurb is this:

‘Last Days of Meaning’ is Sawhney¹s ninth studio album. Played by the legendary actor John Hurt, the album¹s main character – Donald Meaning – is an embittered old man, fearful of immigrants, terrorists and the outside world. He sits in a room raging against childhood memories, society, himself and a small tape recorder sent to him by his ex-wife. The cassette-recorder contains the songs of the album – A message of reflection, shared memory, empathy and ultimately hope. Featuring an array of brilliant performances by singers and musicians alike, the new album is a response to the fear, dogmatism and entrenchment that we sometimes acquire with age.

The new album will be launched at The Royal Albert Hall and is to include a new work to be performed on the Hall’s grand 140 year old organ. A small section of Sawhney’s pipe organ creation will form part of his brand new album ‘Last Days of Meaning’. On 6 May 2011, Sawhney will be joined on stage by a string quintet and key members of his band including Martyn Kaine on drums, Aref Durvesh on Tabla and Dholak, Ashwin Srinivasan on flute and vocals, Ian Burdge on cello, Tina Grace, Nicki Wells and Lucita Jules on vocal with further guests to be announced.

At the concert, Sawhney will perform tracks from the new album, along with a retrospective of his studio work to date. The included 15 minute organ commission will be performed in three parts at the concert by his childhood friend and arguably the UK’s foremost and most prominent Hammond organist, James Taylor of the James Taylor Quartet.

As teenagers, Sawhney and Taylor decided to form a band and went together to a music shop to buy a Casio keyboard. Bringing it back to Sawhney’s house they sat around working out various melodies and ideas for their new project. Thirty-three years later they sat together at the Grand Organ of the Royal Albert Hall trying to figure out how this 140 year old monster works. This is something that Nitin will undoubtedly be able to put his unique and distinctive stamp on.

Nitin’s website

Details of album launch event

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