Steve Roach Update: A Grace-Filled Welcome to 2010|
December 31, 2009
Greetings Soundcurrent Friends,
The Fourth Decade...
Sending you heartfelt greetings and best wishes for 2010! With time being a vital source of inspiration in so much of my work, just looking at the number "2010" is a surreal experience. There is no way to sum up the complexity of this past decade — both on the world stage and on a personal/creative level — in a brief moment, but it's been a dynamic roller coaster ride to say the least.
As I head into my fourth decade as an artist of sound, I am grateful for the ongoing freedom to deepen my connection and devotion to where these creative desires are born. Sharing these adventures in sound with you completes the circle, and your feedback, direct orders and downloads at iTunes, etc., continue to be vital in supporting and sustaining the flow. THANK YOU!
With the hourglass of life always running, I feel the surge of creative energies amping up to a new level. We have quite a lot to look forward to in 2010 with a steady stream of releases from Timeroom Editions and Projekt including solo work, collaborations and some essential reissues, as well as select concerts and other unknown factors that will unfold over this coming year.
The opportunity to perform at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral a while back was a dream come true in many ways, and a high point in my live performance memories from the last decade. It's a fitting release to commence the times. This will be the first live recording I've released with the natural reverberant sound of the performance space predominant in the mix. The expansive reverent ambience of Grace Cathedral was absolutely the perfect environment to experience this music within. To honor this space, I built a set that offered me options to directly respond to the unique acoustic properties I knew I was heading into. I gathered a set of options ranging from the eras of "The Magnificent Void", "Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces" as well as new pieces that would later become "Dynamic Stillness", "Arc of Passion", and beyond. The influence of the massive space and the spirit it contained acted like an unseen collaborator holding the music and all of us in a dynamic embrace. From my performance location, I could best describe the sensation as hearing and seeing the sounds constantly blooming outwards in the space hovering above the audience, collecting energy and then receding away within the expanse of the cathedral. I would spontaneously respond to this sense as it was occurring: shaping, carving, holding and releasing the music back into the void as the night evolved. Merging with Grace indeed.
Deep thanks and all the best for health and well-being in 2010,
P.S. Special thanks to Cliff Tuel for all his behind-the-scenes web site support over this past year!