Behind The Mist

by Martin Pyne

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a collection of improvised music for solo vibraphone.

The first nine pieces are all inspired by tales of faeries from the British Isles:

“Niamh of the Golden Hair” - A faery princess from Irish folklore
”Yarthkin” - A creature living in the bogs of the Fen Country, crying out with the voices of the dead.
“Behind The Mist” - A place you might find faeries
“Asrai” - Water faeries who dissolve into liquid if captured
“Spriggans” - Small mischievous faeries
“Changeling” - A faery child substituted for a stolen human baby
“Will o the Wisp” - a dancing light that leads night time travellers off the path, then vanishes.
“Hildaland” - A mist shrouded faery island that appears off the coast of Orkney
“Hollow Hill” - Faeries are often thought to live in such places

10. As a coda “Song for Grace Melbury”, based on a tune Martin recorded with his trio Busnoys, is inspired by The Woodlanders, one of Thomas Hardy’s tales of all too human tragedy in rural Wessex.

All tracks are unedited single takes, and tracks 3, 6, and 9 use some real time electronic processing.

The music is mostly very quiet and should not be over amplified.

Martin decided to record an album of solo improvisations after playing in a couple of improv sessions organised by Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne of LUME music. As with many of his compositions he decided to focus on a literary stimulus, on this occasion tales of Faeries from the British Isles. The resulting music is mostly delicate, ephemeral, and intimate. Martin feels this is probably the most “naked” musical statement he has recorded to date.


released March 1, 2017

Martin Pyne - solo vibraphone

All Music composed by Martin Pyne



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Martin Pyne London, UK

Martin Pyne is a vibraphone player, percussionist, improviser, and composer. He releases music from his various projects under the Tall Guy Records label. Projects include Kepler Orbit, an improvising trio, a duo with improv pianist Stephen Grew, and the trio Busnoys, which plays Martin's compositions drawing on jazz, Americana and electronica. He also plays solo, and works extensively with dance. ... more

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