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The Inward Eye

Sep 15, 2021

A record composed and performed entirely by the British guitar player Emmet Crowley along with Basque Jazz reference Ander Garcia on double bass. A record beyond  contemporary Jazz paths, ostensibly oblivious to labels since its inception with "The Inward Eye", inspired by the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by english romantic poet William. 

 

As within, so without. Reality is just the flash of our own preconceived ideas. Our thoughts often turn into imaginary storms that condemn us to strand again and again on the beach of bewilderment. We look at the world from the shipwreck of our beliefs and judgments without glimpsing that the storm roaring outside is just a reflection of the storm that is going on inside. Emmet Crowley proposes an early journey to the primal home, to inner silence through his music, to the introspection of the infinite moment that we all carry within.

 

Composer, arranger, music director, performer and teacher at Alfonso X el Sabio University in in Modern Music Performance degree, British guitar player Emmet Crowley is graduated with Cum Laude honours at Leeds College of Music, has a wide professional career both in bands and leading his own jazz quintet in the United Kingdom. Based in Madrid, he studied composition and orchestration, releasing three records with singer Pahola Crowley ("El Momento", "A la Raíz" and "Sed de Vida") with whom he has permanently touring with different line ups . Leader of his own jazz quartet, contemporary dance play "Parámetros" from contemporary dance company LaPedroche composer and performer. He has collaborated on different projects and bands , participating with musicians such as Norman Hogue, Lena Pablo, Sheila Cuffy, Carlos Carli, Cook Wagonin', Hector Flavio, Orquesta del Solar.

 

"The Inward eye" has been recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Javier Monteverde at Cezzane Producciones de Madrid. A record composed and performed entirely by Emmet Crowley along with Basque Jazz reference Ander Garcia on double bass.

A record beyond  contemporary Jazz paths, ostensibly oblivious to labels since its inception with "The Inward Eye", inspired by the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by english romantic poet William Wordsworth where this guitar player joined by Ander García in 11-4 beat masterfully transit the oniric, inviting the listener to take a look at its own inner gaze. "Song for Pahola" (A play of light and shade) examines  he inevitable duality between darkness and light, taoist concept, two opposing and complementary forces that coexist throughout the song, both relative and which Crowley balances through each and every one of its passages. Balance that is revealed again on "Alentejo 5am" with Ander García's masterful introduction on double-bass while  Crowley travels between romance and joy as opposed to tragedy and melancholy. "Anaia" refers to Tunisian musician Anour Brahem and his music from the most personal and non-transferable point of view from British guitar player, while "Cabuya Island" along with "Alana painting pictures" delve into the timelessness of the moment, in the eternal instant, capturing and evoking soundscapes inspired by the vastness of the ocean and putting an end to the record.

Emmet Crowley's inner gaze through his own compositions takes us to the place where everything starts and where it all ends, giving us back the primal magic of who we really are. The beauty of "The Inward eye" takes us away from the storm that takes place right before our eyes and invites us to the infinite instant that we all carry inside.