Spire Live in Bergen

A 7 track 20th/21st century album (1h 9m ) — released September 29th 2014 on The Tapeworm

Recorded on 1st November 2013 as part of Bergen Kirkeautunnale, Norway.

Featuring BJNilsen and John Beaumont's "Black Death", a new project using voice (tenor) and electronics; Charles Matthews's repertoire includes performances of organ pieces by Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Johann Sebastian Bach; Marcus Davidson's "Ananta" is released for the first time, and Spire regulars The Eternal Chord and The Spire Ensemble also perform.

Spire is an organ-based live project curated by Touch's Mike Harding and organist Charles Matthews, and is celebrating ten years of activity. You can read more about the project at www.spire.org.uk.

"The tall peaceful trees would be like the pipes of a great organ…" (Claude Debussy)

"It is impossible not to be drawn upward, whether towards the spire of the church or cathedral or to the huge and daunting forest of pipes themselves. The organ dwarfs all comers, and unlike other instruments, it is this non-musical element which makes the organ stand apart." (Mike Harding)

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