Martyn Thompson:

The album that we recorded is now out – click here for details. I can’t think why anyone wouldn’t want to buy it :-)

Originally posted on Martyn Thompson Photography:

Howard preparing to enter the live room!

Howard preparing to enter the live room!

What a mad bank holiday weekend it has been; whilst most people were spending time relaxing and enjoying the weather with family & friends, about 16 members of The London Lucumi Choir headed to the frozen north to a hot and airless recording studio (well the live room was anyway), located well away from any meaningful civilisation to embark on a mission.

As per-the-norm with recording sessions, time, space and relativity can be greatly disturbed by the silliest of things leaving people hanging around for ages – a good opportunity to get out the camera methinks!!!

All in all, it was a good weekend and not just because of the recording, we all shared an experience that I feel has brought us close together as individuals and there was not one ego issue which given the number of people, is something to be commended.

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Almería

I love living in the province of Almería and I think this is largely due to the diverse nature of the environment however, I’m never sure what to make of the city. Amber & I had decided to spend some time away from San José this weekend and although only a short distance away, we decided to stay in Almería. During the first few hours of walking around, I wanted to be elsewhere – I really couldn’t see a reason to like the place but shortly after this initial feeling, there is a different story to tell.

Valentine's Day Dummies

Valentine's Day Dummies

Almería has some truly amazing tapas bars and bars in general and the people in Almería are some of the most friendliest I’ve ever met. At night, the city comes alive with the bustling of people hopping from one bar to another and enjoying a wide variety of tapas specialities that each bar offers. We enjoyed an amazing night of Flamenco in a bar that you might of ordinarily walked by; it was an unassuming but fairly full bar – there were a few guys standing around outside, one with a guitar strapped to his back and one with a cajon in his hand who told me that they were playing there. So in we went and what an amazing evening we had. For a more detailed account of the Flamenco plus a few movie clips, please click here.

Subsequently the next day wandering around the city I had a better feeling in my bones and rather than the “wanting to be anywhere else’ feeling I had yesterday, I was much more open to being there and enjoyed it greatly, though it was pretty cold!!!

So, after a quick and simple breakfast, we headed to the fantastic Centro Andalauz de la Fotografía to take in two wonderful exhibitions one by Robert Frank and one by Simon Norfolk, who I hadn’t heard of. The Simon Norfolk exhibition was stunning and I recommend it highly. After the photography centre and a little wandering around, we had lunch in an amazing Arabesque restaurant called Tetería Almedina where we also had some very fragrant teas the day before.

Padlocks

Padlocks

The rest of the day was spent wandering around and taking photographs with a brief stop at the Museo de Almería, that is the fantastic archaeology museum on the Rd. de Ronda. As most readers will probably know, I love abstract photography and so I’m afraid to say that my studies of ram-shackled buildings and derelict building-sites might not be the best advert for the City of Almería but I would say miss it at your peril.

Fountains, Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca

Fountains, Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca

Back in paradise.

After a whirlwind few weeks in the UK playing some rather nice shows I might add, I’m back in the most beautiful Cabo de Gata. This time round space was very limited, or at least so I thought was the case for the return journey, so I didn’t bring my camera…. oh how I missed it! We drove back in Amber’s car in the end with… wait for it… Chica the cat!! Yay!!!! Though she didn’t think much to being stuck inside a car for two days :-S

The London Lucumi Choir Recording Sessions

Howard preparing to enter the live room!

Howard preparing to enter the live room!

What a mad bank holiday weekend it has been; whilst most people were spending time relaxing and enjoying the weather with family & friends, about 16 members of The London Lucumi Choir headed to the frozen north to a hot and airless recording studio (well the live room was anyway), located well away from any meaningful civilisation to embark on a mission.

As per-the-norm with recording sessions, time, space and relativity can be greatly disturbed by the silliest of things leaving people hanging around for ages – a good opportunity to get out the camera methinks!!!

All in all, it was a good weekend and not just because of the recording, we all shared an experience that I feel has brought us close together as individuals and there was not one ego issue which given the number of people, is something to be commended.