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Evelyn Glennie and Roly Porter collaborate on One Day Band 17

Their unusual duo was brought together by the Trestle label’s ongoing project focusing on ad hoc improvising set-ups

The 17th in the series of special One Day Band collaborations brought together percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and electronic musician Roly Porter. Recorded during a 2018 session at Holy Mountain studios in Hackney, London, it features Glennie improvising on timpani drums, waterphone, small mechanical music boxes, Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals and other percussive instruments,with Porter later rerecording segments of her work, using guitar amps, distortion effects pedals and bowed cymbals.

One Day Band sessions are hosted by Trestle records. Artists are invited into the studio to collaborate for one day only. The earlier session 16 featured Charles Hayward, Chris Sharkey & Jack Wyllie.

Evelyn Glennie & Roly Porter’s One Day Band 17 is released by Trestle on 1 March.