The making of Out Of Nowhere
The talents of Nicole Willis and Jimi
Tenor were first brought together by Nicole's
solo project back in August 1999. Since then the
two have been touring and working together. Nicole told
me about the recording of Jimi Tenor's new album "Out
The album was recorded in Poland in
autumn 1999 and we can expect it to be somewhat different
from Jimi's previous work as it is done with a big orchestra.
"I believe he got to witness many of his dreams
fulfilled in having worked with the orchestra. Many
thanks to them!" says Nicole.
Rehearsals took place in Lodz with
the local opera house orchestra. "It seemed to
be their first pop music experience, to which they had
assorted reactions. The percussionist was entertaining
as he got into the groove."
They rehearsed with the orchestra for
three days, ten hours a day with breaks of course. "They
loved to feed you! There was quite a scene when we returned
some sandwiches which they thought we were rejecting
to the cafe! The kitchen staff even had a word with
the leader of the orchestra about it..."
During they stay in Lodz they met with
their friends Lary Seven, archive photographer for the
Warhol foundation, noise musician and schlager enthusiast,
and Russell Haswell, art curator, proprietor of 'Or'
Records and international nomad.
"They were late upon arriving
from Berlin so we started to get worried. However, once
they got there, Lary took some clever 3-D
photos with his Russian cameras (for album art)
and Russ captured some humorous footage on DVD (for
future videos) and some excellent outtakes which he
tinkered with his 'Metasynth' software (which will be
used as segways on the album)."
The talent of the respected Indian
musician Baluji Shrivastav will also be heard on the
album. He played tabla, sitar and even 'rapped' and
was, according to Nicole, "Quite a Gentleman."
After the gruelling rehearsals, the
actual recording took place at Polskie Radio, Warsaw
and was concluded with a raucous vodka party with conductor
Tadeusz Kozlowski and orchestra director Marcin Krzynowski.
"It was quite a blast!"
Ilkka Mattila, who has been working
with Jimi Tenor since the Shamans days, joined them
to record the guitar parts for the album and Wanda Pittman,
Nicole and Jimi did some backing vocals.
Studio work continued after the Warp
10th anniversary show in London at Mute studios. Among
the guests were drummers Caroline Boaden from previous
Jimi Tenor recordings and Mikey Wilson of Texas, and
guitarist Chris Dawkins of LSK. The recording was done
by Kevin Paul who also supplied mixes for the probable
single release 'Spell'.
Nowhere is out on Warp
from the rehearsals
photos by Lary Seven