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    Neil Cowley

    Until 5 Dec
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    Neil Cowley photoshoot for Purcell Sessions gigs in December 2021

    The pianist pushes out into the ambient, electronic and neo-classical waters of his debut solo album.

    In 2021, Neil Cowley released Hall of Mirrors, a highly personal account of his relationship with his old friend the piano.

    It received support from Clash, Mojo and Uncut, plus radio plays from Benji B, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

    The album displays his embrace of a new musical direction (far from the jazz of the now-disbanded Neil Cowley Trio), incorporating electronic, ambient and neo-classical production.

    Spacebound Tapes, released in 2018, first hinted at a musical shift for Cowley, reflected in his choice of remixers: Rival Consoles, Throwing Snow, Christian Löffler and Vessels.

    In 2019, his Grains & Motes EP with Erased Tapes composer Ben Lukas Boysen was described by The Guardian as ‘a texturally interesting world that will appeal to Nils Frahm fans… slow-motion hymns, working within deliberately constricted melodic phrases but always wringing out a quiet grandeur and a beautiful sadness.’

    A 2019 guest mix for Clash brought together tracks by Metro Area, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Nightmares on Wax, Khruangbin and Shinichiro Yokota.

    From there he released his first solo EP, Beat Infinitum, incorporating technology and the joys of electronics into a reflective set.

    Cowley also co-wrote with Maribou State for their album Kingdoms In Colour, and recently remixed their collaborator Holly Walker.

    Dates & times

    Until 5 Dec


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