Peter recorded a session at Guitar Center when he was in Los Angeles for the recent 'New Blood' show at The Hollywood Bowl.
'Here Comes The Flood' is now available as a free download from the session - No orchestra, no drums, no guitars, just Peter at the piano.
If you have access to Direct TV you can see the session in full on channel 101 and in 3D on n\3d on August 21st, 9pm ET/PT.
Peter joins us from a hot and sunny Sardinia to give us an update on his month and introduce an excerpt of 'Digging In The Dirt' from the recent orchestral recoding sessions at Air Studios.
Songlines magazine is delighted to announce that Peter Gabriel will be presenting Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara with their 2010 Songlines Music Award at WOMAD Charlton Park.
The presentation will take place at 7pm after their performance on the Siam tent on Saturday, July 24. Voted by Songlines readers and the general public, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara have won the Cross-Cultural Collaboration category for their 2009 album release 'Tell No Lies' on Real World Records. The Songlines Music Awards were launched in 2008 to recognise outstanding talent in world music.
Peter takes a moment out from his vocal recording session to give us a quick update on the 'New Blood' recordings, point the uniniatated in the direction of David Byrnes's fantastic cover of 'I Don't Remember' and introduce a little excerpt of 'Blood Of Eden' from the orchestral sessions at Air.
Today sees the sixth of the double a-side reciprocal releases on iTunes in the 'Scratch My Back' and 'I'll Scratch Yours' series. David Byrne has recorded a fantastic version of 'I Don't Remember' in return of Peter's version of 'Listening Wind'.
Peter, Bob Ezrin and John Metcalfe talk about the recording of 'Listening Wind' in our video. Unfortunatly we didn't manage to get David Byrne in-front of a camera, although he did send us some thoughts:
Why did you choose to cover Don't Remember?
"I didn't. Peter suggested it. I was aiming for something more obscure, or a lesser known song that I could make unrecognizable or radically rework. That song is a favorite I'm sure, so a lot of fans will be somewhat attached to the original arrangement. But I did have an angle, an approach, and I guess that intrigued Peter."
How did you approach the cover - musically, technically etc etc?
"I realized that the tempo, the groove and the catchy chorus might be perfect for an uplifting clubby treatment- which would give a nice spin on the lyrics. In the original the vibe is quite dark, paranoid even....I thought the falsetto vocal and club groove would make the alienation and amnesia subject pleasant- almost desirable. I thought my version might imply a willing sublime surrender to memory loss."
Do you have any thoughts or response to Peter Gabriel's cover of Listening Wind?
"It's lovely- it brings out the incantation in the song. What a choice at this time politically though! One could get waterboarded for singing that song in the wrong place!"
all the best
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The "Saddlespan Stage" at WOMAD Charlton Park is to be renamed 'The Charlie Gillett Stage' in memory of the broadcasting legend.
"Charlie Gillett was such a benign godfather to so many artists who have fallen under the name of world music.
"Bumping into Charlie was always one of my regular delights at Womad. There are many artists around the world who owe a good slice of their income to Charlie's enthusiasms.
"His generous and good nature, fired by his passion, was a beacon of light in the music world and a rare and wonderful example to all of us involved." Peter Gabriel
The Charlie Gillett Stage will be opened by eight-piece band Zoo For You who had been brought to the attention of festival organisers by the presenter.
A mix of moods are in store this afternoon.
At the moment we're recording a little impromptu percussion over lunch- 'give us metal beaters on the vibes'
We've started the day with 'Downside Up' - truly amazing to be in he room with the orchestra playing these arrangements.
We're back in the studio this morning with the 'New Blood' orchestra. Red Rain is the soundtrack to the morning session.
We are about to start day three as we ended yesterday - 'Intruder' is all around us.
Day two of our 'New Blood' recording sessions at Air.