Kit Downes interview: "Much in the same way John Coltrane did, Olivier Messiaen created a language for himself"

Drawing influence from everyone from Messiaen to W.G. Sebald, keyboardist Kit Downes’ latest album, Dreamlife of Debris, continues his deep explorations of the tonalities of the church organ. Stuart Nicholson spoke with him about his ripening relationship with the ECM imprint and how early experiences with ecclesiastical extemporisation opened him up to a wider world of improvisation

Kit Downes (photo: Alex Bonney / ECM)
Kit Downes (photo: Alex Bonney / ECM)

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