I first met Samuel Yirga whilst he was at Real World Studios recording with Dub Colossus in 2008 - it seemed like he never stopped playing the piano and taking him for an impromptu meeting with the Imperial concert grand Bösendorfer that was then hiding at the back of Peter Gabriel’s Writing Room sticks in the mind as one of those amazing Real World experiences and resulted in a track on the first Dub Colosuss EP. In November of 2010 he was back at the studios recording his debut solo album. Some of the photographs from the recording sessions and the mixing in February this year have been on my screen of late as promotion and design of the finished album begins to ramp up.
Filming his performance of ‘Ambassel in Box Revisited (Live)’ in The Wood Room at Real World was a stand out moment - with the unfazable Scott Barnett (at Real World Studios on a placement from the Tonmeister course at University of Surry’s Institute of Sound Recording) providing us with lovely sound.
Real World Records are giving away a track Habasha Diaspora (Addis Piano Mix) on Samuel Yirga’s Facebook page.
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