NEW ALBUM IN PRODUCTION

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Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to announce I’m working on a new album due for release in 2017.

Year of The Nightingale is a new collection of songs based on the Bahá’í Writings and is being produced by Kelly Snook (Imogen Heap, MiMu Gloves), who I worked with previously on A Few Honest Words.

Kelly and I are preparing this album especially for 2017, when Bahá’í Communities and their friends around the world will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), whose writings I’ll be singing on the album.

But we need your help!

On Thursday 1 September 2016, we’ll be launching a 30-day Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds required to complete the album. Through Kickstarter’s fundraising platform, you will be able to support the making of the album in various ways: by pre-ordering the album, booking me to play a concert for your community, or simply sharing the news with friends. All the funds we raise in September will enable us to pay for studio time, musicians, engineers and designers – so that we can complete the album and deliver it to you in 2017.

I’ll send you all the details on 1 September, but for now, please do visit the official Facebook Event: Luke Slott Kickstarter where I’ve just posted a 30-second teaser video for the new album! (direct youtube link here)

As always, my deepest thanks for your support,
Luke x

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A Piece of My Family

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Dear friends,

While I’m working away on my own music, my brother & sister-in-law are delivering theirs…

Today, Lesser Pieces (AKA Mike Slott & Diane Badié) release their first single, You & I (No Emergency).

The song has been chosen as Nike Women’s Song of the Week and it’s a tantalising taste of what’s to come from these two gems who I’m blessed to call family.

Have a listen on Spotify or Soundcloud and give Mike & Diane a Like on Facebook to keep up with their music: facebook.com/lesserpieces

Luke x

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I Dived For Pearls

Dear friends,

After a very special month of touring in The Middle East, I’m back home now and want to send a special thank you to all my friends in the Gulf Countries who worked so hard to make this tour possible.

Here are some clips from the tour, and a few words to express my thanks to everyone who helped, in so many ways, to make the tour happen. It has been a privilege working with all of you and I hope we will meet again soon…

I dived for pearls in the Persian Gulf
And I found them, I found them,
But not in the waters,
And not with wooden boats.

Their oysters are the cities
And the suburbs and streets,
Their oceans the neighbourhoods
Where they transmute darkness
into gleaming drops of light
in the silent alchemy of the invisible.
Their shells are the shops and houses
Letting the water in,
Making marbles from dross,
Changing salt into sweetness,
Strangeness into oneness.

So if you go diving for pearls in the Gulf
Do not seek them in the waters.
No wooden boats are needed.

You will find them glistening like dew
On the red sands of Ras Al Khaimah
And singing like dolphins
In the skyscrapers of Dubai.
They perfume the traffic
On the coral highways of Oman
And spring like fresh water
Amidst the burial mounds of Bahrain.

They raise elevators to the heavens
In the towers of Abu Dhabi
And turn dust into gold
In the invisible quarries of Kuwait.

I dived for pearls in the Persian Gulf
And I found them, I found them,
But not in the waters,
And not with wooden boats.

Luke x

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A Song in The Kingdom of Two Seas

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Dear Friends,

After an amazing week in the United Arab Emirates, I’ve reached my second-last stop on my tour of the Gulf Countries – the beautiful and fascinating Kingdom of Bahrain.

The bustling cities of the UAE and the people I met there have been an inspiration to me. It’s been the most intensive week of playing I’ve ever done, sometimes playing 2-3 events per day, but the warmth and love I’ve received from the people of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah have been the fuel that keeps me going. There’s really nothing better than an intensive burst of activity to refine one’s craft and expand one’s comfort zone, and the enthusiasm of the people I worked with in the Emirates has been nourishment to my soul.

Driving now through the islands of Bahrain is like passing through a multi-layered dream, where layers of Greek, Persian, Portuguese, Islamic and British history mingle with Bahrain’s own 5,000-year-old civilisation, just as the sea-water mingles with the fresh-water springs which have sprung up from beneath the sea floor for thousands of years and given the country its name, which means ‘Two Seas’.

My deepest thanks to everyone in the UAE and Bahrain who worked so hard to make all our musical events happen during the past week and a half. It has been a privilege collaborating with you.

As the end of the tour approaches, I’m preparing to head back to Kuwait – where the tour began – and then travel home from there. As I make my way back up the Arabian Peninsula to my starting point, I wanted to fulfil a promise I made to a group of youth who I met in Kuwait on the very first day of the tour: They taught me an Arabic song and I promised to learn it by the end of the tour…

So here it is… Especially for my dear friends in Kuwait, who welcomed me with open arms on my arrival in the Gulf nearly a month ago and put the wind in my sails for the whole tour.

Luke x

Jewels of Arabia

Dear friends and listeners,

Greetings from Oman! I’m halfway through my tour of the Arabian Gulf and it has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I had a very special week making music and new friends in Kuwait (here are some moments from our music workshop) and I’ve just spent four busy days in beautiful Oman.

I’ll be sad to leave Oman, a country whose natural beauty and noble people have touched me deeply these past few days. Sultan Qaboos, the country’s leader, is a true patron of the arts – he recently built the first Opera House in the Gulf and has done many wonderful things to promote education, the arts and the advancement of women in Oman.

The highways of Oman are lined with palm trees and coral hills, and as you drive along the coast, the desert transforms into a paradise of rainforests and waterfalls. It’s an unexpected oasis of greenery on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Just like the people of Kuwait, the Omani people have made me feel so welcome here and their peaceful spirit reflects the beauty of their land. Playing music for them has been a privilege.

Tomorrow I fly to the United Arab Emirates to play in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras al Khaimah.

A big thanks to everyone in Kuwait and Oman who have made me feel so welcome in their countries. Here’s a little clip of my drive through the roads of Oman.

Luke x

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A Trip to The Middle East

Dear Friends and Listeners,

Greetings from the Gulf! Last night I arrived in Kuwait International Airport and today I begin a new and exciting musical adventure – a month-long tour of concerts, musical presentations and music workshops around the Middle East. As well as Kuwait, I’ll be playing in Oman, Bahrain and the UAE throughout June. I can already feel the warm (scorching!!) embrace of Arab hospitality and am looking forward to making new friends in this amazing part of the world.

Just before leaving the UK, I spent a few days in the recording studio with producer/sound engineer Kelly Snook, working on some new music which I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon. For now, I thought I’d send you a short clip from the studio so you can hear some of the music Kelly and I are working on.

I hope you are all well and hopefully I’ll see some of you here in the Gulf over the coming weeks.

As always, my deepest thanks for your support,

Luke x

Two Special Nights in London

Dear friends and listeners,

This week I had the special privilege of playing two nights at Leighton House Museum, the former home of painter/sculptor Sir Frederic Leighton. Leighton House was purpose-built by the artist as his art studio/private concert-hall and the building itself is a work of art – it’s well worth a visit if you are in London!

The two concerts marked the occasion of two Bahá’í Holy Days so I composed a new piece of piano music for the occasion. The piece is called ‘Husayn’s Dream’ and I thought I’d share it with you here.

Thanks to everyone who came out this week and brought such good vibes to Leighton House Museum!
Luke x

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Leighton House Museum, London

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