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Nightbirds’ Prayers (Demos Vol. 3)

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This is the third and final volume of demos, early and alternate mixes from the album "In The Name Of... (A Prayer For Our Times)".

The music has been carefully mastered by Markus Reuter, and it features Trey Gunn, Khliff Miziallaoua and Karim Ziad.
It is not only variations on themes published before. There are two new pieces: the original “The Holy Spirit” section (completely different, on piano), and a virtual jam with Warr guitar and drums.

This is a release from Unquiet Music Ltd


released May 7, 2021

Mixed by JP Rossi
Mastered by Markus Reuter


Nightbirds’ Prayers

This is the working version of the piece “Pater Hemon” written for a choir of 10 voices. Here all is electronics (set up by JP Rossi), with a flute sound that is slightly out of tune to give something of a strange nocturnal atmosphere. The fugue-like part in the middle of the piece differs significantly from the final version (that appears on the single “In The Name Of The Son”).


The Itchy Jam

Trey Gunn provided a lot of strange “insect sounds” for the preparation and shaping of the “Anaerobic Awakening” first piece of the main album. Karim Ziad delivered some wild drumming while performing on “Producing symmetries”.
Here we have a crazy virtual jam between those two masters – well, actually 4 since there are three Treys playing together at times… With a background of low voices from JP Rossi.
A previously unreleased theme/piece of music.


Decisively (Moving On)

One of the early sketches for “Monopolizing Spaces” with JP Rossi on voices and electronics, trying out different interlocking melodic variations.


No Control (On That Industry)

This is a naked version of “Producing Symmetries”, with different electronic grooves. The deep guitar playing of Khliff Miziallaoua leads the pace, and the second part features Trey Gunn’s bass prominently (the same bass that supports the First and Second Holy Solos on the previous Demo volumes)


Rise And Fall Of An Unskilled Musician

This is the original improvisation and further “canon composition” that was meant for “The Holy Spirit”. It was later fully replaced, and this piece is a new, previously unreleased music. The first part offers three pianos together in a kind of clumsy way, with selected moments enhanced with samples of “The Father” and “The Son”. The second part is a piano piece evolving in a structure built from different melodies coming from the same sections. The general idea is to provide an oblique “hearing angle” on the first half of the main album.


Taken Over By Night Rays

The second piece that JP Rossi created after two decades of standby. A church organ under the night sky with stars gently falling down (or are those UFO searchlights?)


Soft Power

JP improvised this short piano piece to break a tedious moment during the building of “The Holy Spirit”, and to regain a bit of strength and confidence.


The Babble That Resists

At the end of “In The Name Of The Father” we reach a climax where “humans are coming to life”. These drums and electronic percussions tell us about this, they’re a mix of a real drum solo re-shaped in a different metrics, and babbling e-percussions.


Five Pianos On A Free Ride

That is the demo version of the first part of “Rise And Fall…”. A muddy improvisation with many players quite unaware of what they do.


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