MY GLASS WORLD

A scathing attack on the Blair years weaves in astrophysics, while a note in a second-hand book sparks a meditation on love and mortality. Welcome to the universe according to Jamie Telford and My Glass World. It’s a haunting, beautiful place to visit – and the culmination of a chameleon's career in music. Backed by his experienced Associates, Cameron Graham, and Julian Simmons - they are My Glass World.

“the year of HAPPY” is the new album from My Glass World to be released on October 30th 2013, featuring 13 songs written by Jamie, in a hillside rainstorm in Scotland in the winter of 2012/13. These were deported, and recorded in “Din” and “Luxury Noise” Studios London, recorded and co-produced with Julian Simmons.

The songs are as likely to draw inspiration from New Scientist articles, or Shakespeare, the life of St. Francis of Assisi or Mad Men's Don Draper. Live performances have featured artworks and installations – including photographs used in molecular biology.
As you might expect, the music is eclectic and literate – powered by an uncommon lyrical and musical intelligence.
The resultant music - animated by Jamie’s exceptionally clear and true vocal - is wry, wise, occasionally weird, and utterly fresh.

As well as contributions from the three main players, the musical landscape of the new album has been augmented with Baroque Bassoon from Jane Gower, Bass from Jon Kensington, guitar from Ivor Talbot, Horns from Matthew Tucker and John Croft, and the beautiful Mezzo Soprano voice of Lore Lixenberg, giving the album an impressively varied sound - world. “the year of HAPPY” by My Glass World has a provisional release date of November 30th on the Luxury Noise label.
No mellotrons were harmed in the making of their recording.

Jamie Telford

When not writing and recording with My Glass World, he composes for film and theatre; when not doing that, he can be found playing for the flute and pipe bands of his hometown of Langholm, in the Scottish Borders – or composing music in honour of local hero (and distant ancestor), the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. As part of his musical career he has performed with The Jam and The Style Council, as well as other lesser known bands. He is also a sought-after composer whose modern classical pieces have been performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra.

One of his latest compositional projects – a commission by contemporary art curators Situations – saw his “Portwall Preludes”, written for the vast Harrison and Harrison organ of St. Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol, feature as part of a permanent installation in the Portwall area beside the docks. The project curated by Tony White, is called Missorts and is a new location-based public artwork that you can download at : www.missorts.com

My Glass World collaborators to date include:

Julian Simmons, Production, Bass, Guitars, Julian has worked with and produced large numbers of acts including Ed Sheeran / Mamas Gun / Albert Lee / Guillemots / Midlake / Kimberly Anne / A Girl Called Eddy / Gemma Ray / Goldheart Assembly / Paul Cook & The Chronicles / The Special K’s. He plays, keyboards, guitars and anything else that comes to hand.

Cameron Graham, plays Drums, Percussion, keyboards and anything else that makes a racket. He paid his dues, working for several years as a Circus drummer, before running away to join My Glass World. He is currently studying for a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music.

Previous My Glass World Collaborators include

•Dinah Beamish, cello. A regular performer with Jools Holland's Hootenanny band, Dinah has played for everyone from small quartets to the Royal Philarmonic and Moscow City Ballet. She has been director of both the Electra Strings and Brilliant Strings groups – ensembles whose credits include work with Zero 7, The Stereophonics, Nick Drake, and filmmaker Derek Jarman.

•Guy Wood, percussion. Guy has worked for numerous bands, studio projects, theatre companies and the TV and advertising industries as a performer, composer and facilitator. Other current projects as a drummer include work with I.R.O.K (Acid Bath records) and Stateless (Ninja Tune).

•Rob Kesseler, photography. A visual artist and Professor of Ceramic Art & Design at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, Rob's photography has featured in Jim's live shows and videos.

•Nina Kellgren, BAFTA nominated cinematographer, worked with Issac Julien and a host of feature films.

 
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