“Rough outsider folk-blues mysteries, dissonant rock textures, electric and acoustic improvisations… Edwards strikes me as one of the most overlooked musicians from the fertile lands of New Zealand and if you need a fresh start this might very well be the place.” – The Broken Face
This was outsider music as in self taught – I’d never studied music at school, never played in a band, refused to play cover songs, didn’t know any scales etc – but began composing anyway. I thought conceptually more than melodically, used unconventional chord patterns, and had free jazz and avant-garde influences.
“Experimental and avant-garde…. There is a clear passion, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries… This will challenge your perceptions of what constitutes music and open the mind to new possibilities of sounds that surround us – muzic.net.nz“
I left New Zealand for a big OE of living and working in other Asia-Pacific countries, and my music took on new sounds and influences as a result.
“The 20 song album covers traditional Javanese and Balinese gamelan, Asia-Pacific folk music, free jazz, and free noise…. If you have an open inquiring mind and love hearing a variety of sound, this is excellent. – muzic.net.nz“
The return journey, an island-hopping Odyssey back via other parts of Asia and the Pacific and Indian oceans.
Ruasagavulu – by Dave Black & Snake Beings
Made in Suva: Indo-Fijian tropical devotional instrumentals for keyboards, ukulele, dholak, duduk, harmonicas, DIY kitchen gamelan, and video. This was one of the last in-person international collaborations from before the world ended.
“So easy to get totally lost in this music, recommend for helping with your inner peace” – Andi Verse
words written in Scotland in 1856, by my great-great-grandfather and played with his other descendants.
“If aught can claim a spirit’s admiration, Sure it must be this beautiful creation.” – John Collie (1834-1893)
John Collie’s poem ‘Solitude‘ also features on
My various collaborators including (in no particular order)
Mike Kingston (cello, acoustic guitar, charango), Dr Emit Snake-Beings (vocal, percussion, flute, electronics), Paul Winstanley (fretless bass, turntables), Simon Sweetman (percussion), Nigel Patterson (hammond organ), Cylvi M (shakuhachi, percussion), Simon O’Rorke (percussion, synthesiser), Francesca Mountfort (cello), Jeff Henderson (clarinet), Blair Latham (alto sax), Sam Prebble (violin, percussion), Chris Palmer (electric guitar), Chris O’Connor (drums), Antony Milton (violin, keyboards), Campbell Kneale (electric guitar, synth), Frey (laptop), Dean Brown (drums), Nat da Hatt (electric guitar, keyboards), Hayden Gifkins (electric guitar), Ryan Prebble (tone generator), Matthew Thornicroft (electric guitar), Cylvi M (vocal, field recordings, percussion, shakuhachi), Blair Latham (bass clarinet), Chris Prosser (violin), Julie Bevan (acoustic guitar), the Digitator (electric drums, keyboards & loops), and more…