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Guitarist & Composer Marcus Corbett To Release New Album “Every Little Spirit” October 2016

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Guitarist & Composer Marcus Corbett To Release New Album “Every Little Spirit” October 2016

“Perfect Sunday morning music”

London, UK – Much to the anticipation of music aficionados worldwide, music artist Marcus Corbett will be releasing his new album “Every Little Spirit” in October 2016! Marcus is an acoustic guitarist, singer and composer based between Marlborough, UK and Pune, Maharashtra, India. Gradually, during repeated expeditions in India over the last decade or more, having immersed himself in the fundaments of North Indian classical music Marcus has begun to reap the rewards of his involvement in the musical life of Pune, Maharashtra and Gadag in North Karnataka.

The result is a generous spirited cultural collaboration that allows his music to come to life while paying homage to the tradition he loves. Here there is ambition as two violins are at work, and as he says, “One violin may be a line drawing but two become cinema – and with the risk associated with such potential drama no one performance is the same as the last. The beautiful challenge in this search is to keep the individual cultural charm, to make the bell ring true. And to maintain the power and integrity of the music.”

“With his deep affinity with Indian classical music and his expertise in soulfully conveying its essence on the humble acoustic guitar. …where other guitar maestros have dipped their toes…. he’s taken the integration a stage further and his collaboration with tabla virtuosos Nitin Gaikwad and Sharanappa Guttaragi on this disc is both fiery and rewarding.” – Fatea

On the subject of his musical influences, aside from his times in India, Marcus states, “I’ve been affected by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Roy Harper – anybody that makes the guitar sing or speak. John McLaughlin with the early Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti was a revelation as has been Jerry Garcia’s soulful musicality. Recently Frank Yamma has got under my skin”.

Acclaimed producer and composer Sam Williams (Supergrass/The Go Team!) has co-produced the first track on the album, “Strung Deep” – a remix of Castanets from Marcus’ previous EP release of the same name. Marcus explains how this unlikely-seeming collaboration came about:

“While mixing ‘Castanets’ for the last record (Strung Deep) I discovered a heartbeat in the rhythmic cycle that expressed something quintessential and more about the track. It has a breezy optimism that continues from where the album ‘Strung Deep’ left off. I needed a different approach, someone outside of the Indian classical world who could the sense the potential and produce it. A chance meeting with Sam Williams during which I heard some of his recent work was the catalyst to our working together. Sam has created a great rhythm led track to fit the varying time signatures and give the looping swirl a kick. He also found some words to go with the emerging vibe while keeping some essential ingredients of the original. It is a remix which contemporizes the song in a way which keeps the flavour of the original and casts new light on what I do”.

Recorded with Abhijit Saraf at Musical Stars Studio in Pune, Maharashtra; and in Gadag, Karnataka and in Oxford (UK), Corbett is accompanied for “Every Little Spirit” by tabla players Nitin Gaikwad and Sharanappa Guttaragi. The seductive vocal of renowned classical singer Saylee Talwalkar takes us into his world. The storyline unfolds amidst the masterful weave of bansuri flute player Milind Date, and is carried further by the cinematic violins of Anjali Singde-Rao, Sanjay Upadhye and Sachin Ingale with a cameo appearance by celebrated Oxford-based virtuoso Bruno Guastalla on cello.

Comprised of eight tracks spread across 59 minutes, “Every Little Spirit” is lyrically themed and is a reflection upon how our roots entwine with all life; how our joy and sorrow is shared; that while life is a gift, for which acknowledgment and thanks are due, no one said the living of it was easy and how we instinctively seek release, to “get set free” from the emotional and physical turmoil of existence. “This could be you, this could be me….”.

“Perfect Sunday morning music… I really enjoyed listening through it – it is a very well paced and interesting listen” – Nigel House at Rough Trade

Having toured successfully in Germany and Holland, played around the UK, and gained press attention from all over the world for his previous releases, Marcus’ reputation for his skillful combining of the worlds of Indian Classical and British folk music, while being ambitious and yet aware of the limitations, will inevitably continue to grow and grow, and his status as one of the great explorers of these musical borderlands will continue to be celebrated.

To purchase Marcus Corbett’s “Every Little Spirit”: http://www.cdbaby.com/marcuscorbett

For more information:
http://www.marcuscorbett.com
http://www.facebook.com/marcus.corbett.music
@marcuscorbettji

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr.com

UK representation: Seb at Pindrop Publicity seb@pindroppublicity.com / 07932635856 / 01865420376

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World Music Artist Marcus Corbett Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Album Strung Deep

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World Music Artist Marcus Corbett Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Album Strung Deep

“Marcus Corbett is an artist with a unique blend of intricate acoustic guitar brilliance and a primal vocal delivery influenced by his years in India. A rare exotic jewel.” – Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)

London, UK – Much to the excitement of music enthusiasts worldwide, Folk-World music artist Marcus Corbett has released his highly anticipated debut album Strung Deep. Based between Marlborough and Oxford in the UK and Pune in India, and having gigged the length and breadth of the UK and on the western coast of India, Marcus has quietly been gaining an esteemed reputation for his esoteric, unique blend of Indian classical music and British folk. Says Marcus, “I have studied Indian Classical Music because it is (for me) an undeniably beautiful and compelling musical genre. In my composition, I do not try to play it directly as my music is only mine.”

Marcus started to travel to India in the mid ‘70s and has since spent the following decades continuing to cultivate an ongoing relationship with Tabla and Indian Classical Music. As Corbett puts it – “I traveled first to India as a wide eyed 18 year old and I heard a Tabla solo by the river Ganga. All I can say is my world changed; but it was the vocal that really hooked me – the voice in the music found an echo in me.”

On the subject of his musical influences, aside from his times in India, Marcus states, “I’ve been affected by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Roy Harper – anybody that makes the guitar sing or speak. John McLaughlin with the ‘Mahavishnu Orchestra’ and early ‘Shakti’ was a revelation as has been Jerry Garcia’s soulful musicality.”

Over the last decade Corbett has been on yearly travels to Pune and Gadag in western India to work with renowned Tabla players Nitin Gaikwad and Sharanappa Gutteragi. The most recent in a series of recordings to come out of these sessions is Strung Deep.

Mostly recorded with engineer Abhijit Saraf of Musical Stars Studios in Pune, Strung Deep perfectly encapsulates the beauty, grace and dexterity of Corbett’s extraordinary talent and unique vision to fuse UK and European folk musics with India classical tradition. Aided and abetted by the majestic Bansuri (Indian flute) playing of Milind Date and exquisite violin talents of Sanjay Upadhye, Strung Deep is a joyous meeting of musical worlds.

“…perfect Sunday morning music… I really enjoyed listening through it – it is a very well paced and interesting listen.” – Nigel House (founder of Rough Trade)

Comprised of 4 tracks spread across 32 minutes Strung Deep is, as Marcus describes, lyrically themed on finding hope and resolution in the face of bereavement and tragedy – “Strung Deep traces a journey from the depths of insecurity and bleakest of outlooks experienced in a dream to waking up in the morning and joyfully re-engaging with the light of day. It is a celebration of the rich texture of life.”

“Highly original acoustic guitar based hybrid folk with atmospheric vocals” – Sound On Sound Magazine

With Strung Deep being Marcus Corbett’s first formal commercial release it seems that it is finally time for one of folk’s best kept secrets to get the recognition he has for so long deserved.

In Deed video: http://youtu.be/7px1HLNEMs8
So Lonely (pt 2) video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FLtA1ldqeo&feature=player_detailpage
So Lonely (pt 2) video (second version): http://youtu.be/Oet4qjYZ5zM

To purchase Marcus Corbett Strung Deep CD:
Bandcamp
http://marcuscorbett.bandcamp.com
iTunes
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=646409272&s=143444

For more information:
http://www.marcuscorbett.com
http://www.facebook.com/Marcus.Corbett.Music
http://marcuscorbett.bandcamp.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com