Cover Night Sessions

Album info



Label: ECM Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

I`m sorry!


due to territorial constraints and also different releases dates in each country you currently can`t purchase this album. We are updating our release dates twice a week. So, please feel free to check from time-to-time, if the album is available for your country.

We suggest, that you bookmark the album and use our Short List function.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Yours sincerely, HIGHRESAUDIO

  • Stephen Stubbs (b.1951):
  • 1First Descent01:17
  • Traditional:
  • 2Menino Jesus à Lappa07:07
  • Stephen Stubbs:
  • 3Recercar01:13
  • Bernart de Ventadorn (1135 - 1194):
  • 4Can Vei La Lauzeta Mover06:51
  • Traditional:
  • 5First Triage06:58
  • Traditional:
  • 6Man in the Moon07:30
  • Traditional:
  • 7Corpus Christi02:54
  • Traditional:
  • 8Whistling in the Dark05:24
  • Traditional:
  • 9Swart Mekerd Smethes05:03
  • Solage (1370 - 1403):
  • 10Fumeux Fume03:23
  • Traditional:
  • 11Hortus Ignotus04:11
  • Traditional:
  • 12Mystery Play03:40
  • Traditional:
  • 13I Sing of a Maiden03:57
  • Traditional:
  • 14Theoleptus 2205:53
  • Stephen Stubbs:
  • 15Second Descent00:30
  • Traditional:
  • 16Second Triage05:23
  • Stephen Stubbs:
  • 17Prelude01:06
  • Total Runtime01:12:20

Info for Night Sessions

From its inception, John Potter’s Dowland Project has drawn upon different musical traditions including those of ‘early music’ and improvisation. These “Night Sessions” emphasize the Project’s improvisational flexibility and resourcefulness, as the musicians create new music in the moment, sometimes with medieval poetry as inspirational reference and guide. There are also a number of ‘daytime’ pieces worked up, Potter notes, from small amounts of notation: 'Menino Jesus à Lapa' is based on Portuguese pilgrim song fragments and ‘Theoleptus 22’ built around a Byzantine chant. Lute fantasias are taken from Dalza’s Intabolatura de Lauto (Venice, 1508) and Attaignant’s Tres breve et familiere introduction…a jouer toutes chansons (Paris, 1529). The oldest compositions are 'Can vei la lauzeta mover' – a love song by the 12th century troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn, and 'Fumeux fume' by the 14thcentury avant-gardist Solage. Two incarnations of the Dowland Project are heard here, the original band with Potter, Stephen Stubbs and John Surman joined by Barry Guy and Maya Homburger, and the revised line-up with Milos Valent on violin and viola.

John Potter, tenor
The Dowland Project:
Stephen Stubbs, lute, chitarrone, baroque guitar, vihuela
John Surman, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion
Maya Homburger, baroque violin
Miloš Valent, violin, viola
Barry Guy, double bass

John Potter's
musical collaborators include lutenist Ariel Abramovich, the Dowland Project, Red Byrd, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and the composer Ambrose Field. He is a member of the German ensemble The Sound & The Fury, and with fellow tenor Christopher O’Gorman is a part of the Hyperion/University of Southampton Conductus Project. A writer and scholar as well as a singer, he has published four books on singing and is a former British Library Edison Fellow. He is Reader Emeritus in Music at the University of York, having left the university in 2010 to focus on his portfolio of freelance activities.

John's eclectic performing experience has ranged from first performances of works by Berio, Stockhausen, James Dillon and Michael Finnissy to backing vocals for Manfred Mann, Mike Oldfield and The Who (among others). Red Byrd, the group he founded with bass Richard Wistreich, has recorded music as diverse as Monteverdi (both straight and with electric guitars), Leonin (3 albums for Hyperion) and the Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (for Factory Records). He was a major contributor to the Hilliard Ensemble’s Officium project (for which he has five gold discs), and subsequently developed many of the ideas in The Dowland Project’s four albums for ECM; he also produced the first three ECM albums by the Scandinavian trio mediaeval.

Current projects include new music for voices & vihuelas by Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and Southampton University's Conductus Project. This exploration of 12th/13th century music consists of three albums for Hyperion with fellow tenors Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump, and a live programme with a film by Michael Lynch). His lute song repertoire with Ariel Abramovich ranges from Thomas Ford to Benedetto Ferrari and beyond, and includes programmes of Dowland and Campion. He is also very busy as an ensemble coach.

The Dowland Project
began as an artistic collaboration between John Potter and ECM's Manfred Eicher, and was an attempt to re-discover the essence of renaissance song from the point of view of a modern performer. John suggested Dowland and Manfred Eicher proposed augmenting the obligatory early music players with jazz musicians. The first recording for ECM brought together John Surman, Barry Guy, Maya Homburger and Stephen Stubbs and was a Sunday Times Record of the Year. The group made its live debut at the Bremen Musikfest, and has since performed on both sides of the Atlantic including St Patrick's Cathedral New York, the Munich Opera House and the Festival de Musica Visual, Lanzarote. A second album - 'Charming Sleep' took the process a stage further with a similar treatment of English and Italian songs from the post-Dowland generation.

Booklet for Night Sessions

© 2010-2019 HIGHRESAUDIO