Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon2011
"Out of the Blue" In her new solo production Emily Burridge plays the ’cello in extraordinary and novel ways. By adopting modern looping and sampling technology Emily has created multi-tracked compositions which utilise the palette of different sounds and tonalities that the ‘cello has to offer. This is an exciting production, she has created music that not only seeps into you, but at times the hypnotic sequences and melodies become quite sensual. The production apparently evolved from a series of live performances given by Emily over the past two years and the same techniques she uses in concert were applied in the studio. Working together with in-house engineer Richard Cooper “Out of the Blue” was recorded in one of the best live rooms in London at British Grove Studios, Chiswick, London UK . “Out of the Blue” begins with “Salutation” - a greeting, and then the images and pace of a journey ensue with “Out of the Blue“. “Reverie” is a dream-like piece, a reflection, a past love; “Globalisation” is a response to the positive and negative associations of the word in our current world view; “A Call to Peace” - is an appeal to all those involved with the decision for the act of war, lastly “Andiamo” - (Let’s get going) is a sensual and joyful dance and reflects influences from South American music. "Into the Amazon" Emily Burridge as well as being a musician and producer is also a traveller, with extreme journeys providing the inspiration for her productions. Over the last few years the Mato Grosso of Brazil is a frequent destination. In this region she has lived and worked with members of the Xavante tribe and has formed a strong attachment to their way of living and attitudes to life. At the core of the Xavante culture is the daily practise of singing and they receive the lyrics for their songs from dreams. Emily was invited to record these songs and the album “Into the Amazon” is a soundtrack for the dawn to dusk daily life of an Indian village. There are songs sung by both individuals and groups including an adolescent choir in “Adolescents” and a woman by a river in “Agosta’s Anthem”. The whole village sings in “Proclamation” and prays in “Atsawidi Maria” and you will also hear the village chief chanting in “Rain Man Sings”. In composing the accompanying music to the Xavante songs Emily drew a lot of inspiration from her personal experience and takes you into a beguiling world where ‘classical’ seems modern. Emily’s interest in South America was sparked by her performance at Rio’s Earth Summit 1992. From that event she was inspired by the indigenous people’s cultures that she encountered including some Xavante Indians who invited her to visit their village. “Into the Amazon” was recorded at British Grove Studios, London . Engineered by Richard Cooper. Mixed with Ben Finlay at his studio in Somerset.