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New Musical Poetry Album Released

Frances Livings’ Debut Album “During the Hours” Released During the Hours is the debut album of the London-born lyricist and songwriter Frances Livings and features three of her previously unpublished poems. The multi-faceted artist, who wrote, recited and produced the album, has written in many genres, including an impressive thesis earning her a PhD in art history. Her first solo CD has now been released worldwide by the independant record label Moontraxx on January 1, 2010. This date not only marks the beginning of a new decade but also addresses a still somewhat exotic genre, best described as “Jazzoetry” or simply musical poetry. The recording sessions took place in November 2009 at the studio of Nolan Shaheed in Pasadena and were produced by the artist herself and the composer, producer and guitarist Greg Porée. Frances handpicked three of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians to support and interpret the atmosphere of each piece. Her goal was to capture complete performances rather than the usual studio procedure of assembling tracks for overdubbing and editing. The musicians had not heard the poems prior to their studio arrival and were asked to respond as if they were at a live jazz gig, improvising on the spot. Each piece was recorded live, with the individual instrument in dialogue with Frances’ recital of the poem: The atmosphere was electric and invariably her concept was achieved within two to three takes. Songs of the Soul features Zane Musa on tenor saxophone who is unique for blending middle Eastern melodies with intricate jazz improvisation. The poem itself was crafted using variations of traditional rhyming schemes and a metrical pattern which is very similar to Old English poetry. Songs of the Soul therefore mirrors musically, technically and emotionally the highs and lows of musical performance and the conflicts of creative angst. For The Maliciousness of Words Frances chose the jazz pianist Brandon Coleman. It is Brandon’s humour and his ability to convey easiness that enabled him to fully compliment the piece which deals with the characteristics of individual words. During the Hours is an ode to a loved one. It features the violinist Paul Cartwright whose gift in creating lyrical melodies with strong narratives complimented the romantic and scenographic notion of this piece. The album is available in all major digital music storeslike iTunes and Amazon. Prices may vary according to the retailer. by Moontraxx Records, Jan. 1, 2010