Work Space: Matthew Bourne, Yorkshire, England


Here’s the work space of pianist Matthew Bourne.

The space is located in Bourne’s rural Yorkshire home.

This is where Bourne’s 2017 release Isotach was brought to life.  Overlooking the moors, the music of Isotach reflects the stark beauty of the countryside.

A solo piano work with a bit of cello added in for effect, Isotach was one of the best things to come out in 2017.  On this site, I wrote:

There’s a sparseness to Isotach and it’s delivered with a delicate touch, and yet somehow, each piece resonates with a strength that could obliterate entire cities with a single note.  After a series of recordings sourcing from experiments on the moog, Matthew Bourne returns to piano, and the results are as stunning as anything released this year. 

It earned the #25 slot on the Best of 2017 list.  It was also included in my Best of Bandcamp Jazz column for The Bandcamp Daily.

Here’s the title-track from Isotach.

Your album personnel:  Matthew Bourne (piano, cello).

The album was released on the Leaf Label, and you can listen to more of the on the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Be sure to check out Bourne’s artist site.

The album Isotach is available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon | eMusic

On the horizon:  Matthew has already moved onto new projects, which had led to new music and upcoming recordings.  Unsurprisingly, they diverge from the sounds of past projects.  You can check it out for yourself on Bandcamp.  There’s also news of the music on his artist site.

Bird is the Worm had a Tumblr site.  It was titled Work Space.  Its raison d’etre was to present the areas where the artist is in the thick of their creativity, the places where the inspiration happens before a project makes its way to a recording studio.

Well, Work Space is still gonna happen, but we ditched the Tumblr site and post those photos directly on Bird is the Worm.  Get in touch if you’d like to be featured.  Here’s a post (LINK) that explains what we’re looking for (but ignore all references to Tumblr, as the previous paragraph already explains).