I seldom work with other guitarists than myself in studio. The fact that I decided to change it this time does imply a cordial compliment to the guitar player that I am honored to introduce today as a part of Therianthrope. Peter Matuchniak, known by his work with Gekko Project and many others, is to collaborate with Transport Aerian this time, to provide some of his signature melodic tones as well as some proggy guitarscape extravaganzas. Combining a crafty jazz-influenced technique and a deep knowledge of guitar effects, Peter will be a great textural addition to the melodic side of the Abstract Symphony and Therianthrope.
Italy appears to thrive with highly unusual, open and unique minds, and so does it attract such, remembering stunning success of Peter Hammill there. One of the dearest guests on Therianthrope is Italian multi-instrumentalist Marco Ragni, MRR brother-in-arms with roots in psychedelic scene, for whose most recent creation Land Of The Blue Echoes (also starring, among many others, legendary Durga McBroom of Pink Floyd and the underground champion Colin Tench of Corvus Stone) I have had an honor to play some bass. Marco Ragni’s vision will play a significant part in the Abstract Symphony and he is also to provide some synths and guitars on the other songs of the album.
I’ve always had a feeling that extended harmonic instruments would be in the right place in my music. So while the bass guitar player is still to be announced, now it is time to introduce the other side of rhythm section of the Therianthrope project. A stick player, a progressor and a free thinker, Darren Brush is joining efforts to provide some melodic experiments and investigate the rhythmical spaces of both album part and the Abstract Symphony.
A band is only as good as a drummer is. That’s why for Therianthrope the care is taken for the best and most matching drummer to be in charge. Thus, I have a privilege to introduce you Bart Van Roy, a great musician, a good friend who already did some work for Transport Aerian many years ago, and now back to business. His drumming technique combines the power of a rock drummer and finesse of progressive approach. He is the first to be introduced, among the many of amazing musicians who will be taking part in Therianthrope album.
Dear friends, followers, and fellow music lovers!
The time has passed terribly fast, and I didn’t even notice how this year approached its warming midday, needless to say, that can only mean that there were busy times, both for me and I believe for you, dear reader.
Musically, there has been a lot happening as well, and some of the results you can already lay your hands on, for instance; Marco Ragni’s new album where I took a seat together with a dozen of fantastic guest musicians, including Durga McBroom of Pink Floyd, Colin Tench of Corvus Stone and many others, another project soon to be released, is new work by avant-metal band “Fabulae Dramatis”, in which I played a humble role of a singer and a bassist.
But that’s not all. Now I would like to share with you some news regarding what I’ve been silently working on, the plans for which I’ve been harboring for many years. This project has recently obtained a name “Therianthrope”. I am also launching a special tab on our official website, called “Therianthrope diary”, in which you can find daily updates from the recording process, news on guests and other important curiosities around the project.
Therianthrope is not your typical album, and not your typical project, not in a sense of a form or a genre, rather, in a sense of the methodological approach. Therianthrope is intended not merely as a collection of songs, but as an attempt to create a representation of information and space, a collaboration between different musicians, imagination fragments.
It will consist of two interconnected parts: a song-based chapter, that is, if you please, a Transport Aerian borderless self-destructive music, with lyrical themes revolving around unsatisfied desires, emotional deprivation and the inner beasts that everyone of us secretly feeds. The other chapter will be called The Abstract Symphony. The Abstract Symphony is to include different music pieces, consisting entirely of the fragments of different musician’s musical and spiritual thinking, entirely based on individual improvisation on the given theme, without any borders or composition structuring pushed top down. In other words, every musician will do absolutely whatever he thinks is necessary to represent the given topic with his instrument, forming a musical texture without pre-defined structure, while cooperating with the others blindly at the same time. This is not only music rather it is a philosophical concept. With this approach, we are trying to show that Music can sometimes be a bit more than just craftsmanship, but rather represent’s a product of collective unconsciousness that floats within our mutual, shifty and often scary, yet an inspiring information space.
A space that we can explore together.
Transport Aerian Project.