During the course of a “normal” year Jonny Nash`s location can be difficult to pinpoint. You’ll more often than not find him galavanting about the globe, engaged in musical installations and improvisations with a worldwide network of friends and likeminded musicians. 2020 of course was not a normal year. Nonetheless Mr. Nash managed to complete two creative collaborations. The first, a serene meditation on love and loss produced with long-standing studio partner, Suzanne Kraft, which took its inspiration and name from Javier Marias` novel, A Heart So White.
These sessions also yielded the epic, 30 minute, Breath Chant – which was released by the pair with “love and positivity.”
The second saw Jonny team up with Indonesian virtuoso Teguh Permana. The resulting album, Poe, being largely defined by Teguh`s dexterity on the tarawangsa – a traditional , sacred, Sundanese instrument – with the duo beautifully mixing classical, jazz and new age – effectively updating the sound of legendary German label, ECM
Words and selections by Jonny Nash.
Could you give me a few pieces of music, released or reissued this year, that have helped you make it through 2020?
This will be hard to answer, but all being well what plans do you have for 2021?
If all goes well I’ll release 3 or 4 records on the label and attempt to travel a bit for collaboration – if that is indeed possible!
Is there any way that I, we, others, can help and assist you in achieving these goals? Are you looking for partners for any forthcoming activities – in that sense of “if we stand together then we will survive”?
In terms of help, you`ve already been super helpful in your support of the label and coverage, and I really appreciate that.
You can find A Heart So White, Poe, and more ultra-meditative modern minimalism over at the Melody As Truth Bandcamp page.