The reference is to the Casimir effect, a mysterious force in quantum physics that draws elements together. I see it as a metaphor for the spontaneous energy created by musicians interacting intuitively when playing together.
Cause and Effect is a journey through the influence of childhood experiences. The music sometimes reﬂects a mood, sometimes evokes a half forgotten memory, combining the sensibility of classical music with the instinctive spontaneity of jazz improvisation.
A childhood memory of watching an old black and white ﬁlm on television depicting Teutonic knights ﬁghting Russian soldiers on a frozen lake. The image of the white horses and the defeated soldiers falling through the ice was a frightening and haunting image.
The Nurture of Nature
In a modern society full of noise and data overload, it’s even more important to have quiet times. Being outdoors, surrounded by trees, grass and ﬂowers, listening to birdsong allows me to re-connect with myself. Nature soothes the soul.
The Secretive Irishman
My Irish grandfather was a quiet man, but only later did we discover that his silence held many secrets. Family secrets can sometimes be a burden.
A Lonely Child
Childhood for many can seem the most difﬁcult time of their lives. Having a parent or parents who are suffering, especially from mental illness, can leave a child with confused feelings that are difﬁcult to share, leaving them with a particular kind of loneliness.
Up on the Moors
Anybody who comes from Yorkshire knows about the moors. They’re bleak and they do wuther but they’re honest and beautiful, where one can feel wild and free.
A lively song about unrequited love, originally written for the wonderful band Di’s New Outﬁt.
I ﬁrst came across East European folk music as a child, and by chance, as I tuned in from station to station, seemingly travelling across Europe on my little transistor radio. The world seemed so much bigger and more exciting than the Yorkshire council estate I grew up in. Years later I again heard the voice I found so thrilling. This is dedicated to Nadya Karadjova, the wonderful singer who inspired my love of Bulgarian folk music.
Lost in Colour
I was enjoying looking at some paintings by David Hockney, when a particularly vivid blue caught my eye. I was suddenly transported back to being a small child shopping with my mother. It was the deep purple blue of the paper bags used back then for currants or sugar. I loved them and used them as drawing paper or mosaics. Resonating colour with a sweet taste.
The Storm Inside
The internal world can often conflict with the external. There’s nothing comparable to feeling rage on a sunny day.
A Day in a Polish Village 1933
War not only causes physical damage but mental damage too, which can last for years, even lifetimes. This composition is a tribute to my mother, who was a casualty of war. I knew little of her early life, but this is my imagining of her as a seven year old child in a village in Poland.
So much creativity happens when you’re not aware of it, whether sleeping or half conscious in a dreamlike state. I really value those times of stillness.
released September 20, 2019
All tracks written and arranged by Diane McLoughlin
Diane McLoughlin - alto and soprano saxophone, piano
Pawel Grudzien - piano, violin
Kit Massey - violin
Tim Fairhall - double bass
Produced by Diane McLoughlin and Pawel Grudzien
Mixed by Pawel Grudzien
Recorded at Masterchord Studios / Engineered by Ronan Phelan
Mastered by Aidan Foley at Masterlabs, Dublin
Cover design by Julia Lloyd Photos by Mandy Wimsett
Thank you to Mandy for all your support and encouragement