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Andy Summers photography exhibition at Leica Gallery

The Bones of Chuang Tzu photography exhibition at Leica Gallery SF until May 27

The Bones of Chuang Tzu photography exhibition at Leica Gallery SF until May 27

Visit the the Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco until May 27th to see Andy’s most recent exhibition: The Bones of Chuang Tzu. The series, Summers’ interpretation of China, is to be published in an upcoming book by Steidl (2018). Influenced in his early years by the writings of fourth century poet-philosopher of the wandering life Chuang Tzu, Summers creates a striking black and white visual response to elements of Chinese culture that are rapidly disappearing. During Summers’ travels, he recalled the discovery of the Naxi Orchestra in Western China, a group of old musicians whom he noticed would pass on during his following visits year after year. Many of the images within the exhibition are more abstract details that reference the sights and sounds that one experiences as a wanderer through parts of this ancient land. The finer details that Summers records include textural framework that builds a doorway, and abstract rays of light that look like guitar string.

When talking about the connection between his career in music and its influence in photography, he states, “The qualities I am looking for are musical. That is the condition. You think of music in terms of harmony, line, shape, volume, quietness, dynamics… I think all of those terms can be translated into photography.” Come experience The Bones of Chuang Tzu to learn how Summers’ brings music and photography together to unfold a careful study of the China revealed to one who wanders.

Andy Summers rose to fame in the 1970’s and 1980’s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning band The Police and his innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s popularity. He first began photographing in the late 1970’s and has continued to pursue the medium ever since.

For more information visit the Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco.


"Roxanne 7" vinyl re-issued for RSD

Shop a special reissue of "Roxanne" at your local record store on april 21, 2018

This exclusive 7" red vinyl was created for Record Store Day 2018 and calls back to the original single artwork from Roxanne's initial release in April 1978. It includes both the original A-side "Roxanne" and B-side "Peanuts", both remastered at Abbey Road Studios.

To celebrated the event, A&M Records released a new lyrics video

Blueberry Smoke : a new single features Andy Summers

Blueberry Smoke : a new single features multi-Grammy® winner Andy Summers of The Police (and an acclaimed solo artist), and was produced by music industry veteran and multi-Grammy® winner Bob Clearmountain

As a drummer/percussionist, songwriter/composer, vocalist, educator and beyond, Jordan West wears many hats. Her longtime band Trackless – originating in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and now based in the Los Angeles area – is one of her primary artistic outlets, spanning genres and approaches as West and her bandmates explore music-making in ways that are as masterful as they are creative and exploratory. The band’s musicality is on full display on the new single “Blueberry Smoke,” available on digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon music, Apple Music, and Soundcloud.

Summers on Trackless new album

It’s the dream of many artists, and perhaps a cliché (that usually doesn’t ring true) for an independent act to be encountered or “discovered” by a music industry legend at an ordinary live performance, but that’s exactly what happened in 2014, as Trackless performed in Fort Wayne, and the audience happened to feature music industry pros Bob Clearmountain and Betty Bennett. West and Clearmountain began a discussion that night; the lively back-and-forth continued via email, and once Trackless relocated to Los Angeles in 2015, Clearmountain was on board. He serves as producer and mixing engineer on the new single.

Clearmountain remarks, "Looking for something to do in Ft. Wayne after attending Sweetwater Sound’s Gear Fest, Betty and I stumbled into the little Brass Rail bar not believing what we were hearing and seeing. The band, Trackless, was laying down some serious R&B and funk grooves with Jordan West kickin’ it on drums and vocals accompanied by Jeremy Jones’s smooth vocals and viola. The chance meeting has culminated with the production of a tremendous debut single that the band, I and co-producer Sergio Ruelas are quite proud of."

Additionally, West found herself gaining other friends in high places. Andy Summers, guitarist of The Police and an acclaimed solo artist, met West when she came to set up a Roland TD-50 Electronic Drum Kit (as part of her day gig as a Roland demo artist and clinician) at Summers’ studio. Summers was impressed with her drumming and started a conversation about her music. West shared a work-in-progress of “Blueberry Smoke,” and the conversation led to West asking Summers if he would he interested in contributing a guitar solo to the song – and the rest is history!

Summers comments, “Jordan is a remarkable young musician who not only sings really well but also has innate musicality with perfect groove and pulse in her drumming. She rocks!”

West notes, “Over the past two years, we have been working to find a song and a sound that is organic and live. Current-sounding, but with the unique vibe that Bob is famous for helping create in an era where the idea of ‘the band’ defined music-making. We’ve achieved that with ‘Blueberry Smoke,’ and we’re very proud of the result. I look forward to getting this track out to the world into the ears of music fans.”

“Blueberry Smoke” by Trackless
Written by Jordan West and Jeremy Jones
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain and Sergio Ruelas
Executive Producer: Betty Bennett
Mastered by Bob Ludwig
Featuring Andy Summers on guitar*
Recorded at Apogee Studio
Mixed at Mix This! Studio (Bob Clearmountain’s studio)
*Andy Summers guitars recorded by Dennis Smith at Andy’s studio – Moving Target Studio

Jordan West – drums, lead vocals
Jeremy Jones – vocals, viola
Sergio Ruelas – guitars, synth
Devon Pangle – electric guitar
Diego Moran – bass
Andy Summers – guitar solo
Bob Clearmountain – additional guitar

“Blueberry Smoke” is available via various digital platforms, including the following:

• Spotify
• iTunes
• SoundCloud
• Amazon music

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

On August 25th, Cargo Records will release a limited edition double vinyl LP with 9 additional tracks. The release features two orange vinyl disks and an exclusive centerfold montage of Andy’s black and white photography. Andy wrote about his experience creating music in the studio and the making of Triboluminescence: 

I pretty much regard the studio as a drug, a place -a state where the highs and lows you pass through are brought about by music, or at least the concentrated effort to bring music into being. I work alone…well – me and one other person behind the recording desk. It’s the kingdom where everything can go wrong or sometimes right – and ….who cares – the chains are off – it’s time to let your freak flag fly…! It’s a hook that keeps you locked inside when there are sunny days outside and the only the way out of it is to work your way through the whole thing without raising your eyes to the horizon .

I literally have my nose almost buried in guitar Fx pedals, rotating knobs and sliders. That way – I feel contact- electrical power in proximity to the skin. The studio is a roulette table. Simply put you are allowed to fuck up. But there are good fuckup’s and bad fuck up’s. You look for the good ones – the accidents that start a fire. This can entail hours of boredom, frustration and a lot of hope. It isn’t always inspired – that’s impossible – because you have to frighten yourself to make music that pushes. You blunder toward discovery – like working in a coal mine looking for the vein. In my case it’s a room full of guitars, gear, exotic instruments and the inevitable recording equipment laying a guilt trip . So the available time and the self imposed task of making something new means that you are staring into a mirror – and having to empty yourself out each time you pass through the doorway.

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

So trying to come up with something that is convincing,that moves, in a new direction, is not easy. It’s a case of out maneuvering your past, frightening yourself before the reward of the magic spark. Well worn clichés lay traps everywhere – stuff that just falls under the hand, a song that someone has already written, whatever – the studio is a minefield. But maybe it shouldn’t be easy.

This brings up the idea of perspective… which sometimes can be had by a simple remedy – go and do something else for awhile, don’t listen to it for a few days and see if you still like it.. This test invariably works . Don’t listen for three days – then…walk in and… you know…! The three day rule maybe..

Now that all those difficulties have been noted I should also say that being in this process is also rewarding and joyful – I might even say that I love it. A simple metaphor might be that it’s like fishing. You stand at the side of the river with your line in the water and then – bam- you get a bite, and…

Making Triboluminescence was mostly fun with a few psycho moments and in the process many extra tracks – adventures outside of the official album -were made as I detuned guitars , hit different things around the studio or played one idea on several different instrument – in other words the process..

One of the challenges with making a double vinyl album- and that’s hard to believe in this day and age!– is that it is a lot of time to fill without boring everyone to death. It’s not a moment to stick in dubious material but rather a chance to display – possibly- the other routes you travelled – a picture of what went on before landing on the eleven or twelve tracks that you decide are the “statement”. These extra tracks outside of the original CD reflect some of those places … and my own brand of curiosity. Here’s a little run down.

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

True Nature – is a track I made with Artyom Manukyan the great Armenian cellist – a pre-echo of many more tracks we have made to release next year. I think of this style as horizon music

Sam and Janet – made in the early day of Triboluminescence a combo of guitar pedal mania and drumming variations – maybe an exorcism..

Ricochet – sometimes you just want to jam…! I like the sound of this guitar on this with it’s weird wobbly character- that’s what got me going..

Uncanny Valley – I’m fond of this because of it’s stripped down fly on the wall effect and the bebop bass line at the end..

Help from Jupiter – imagine a place…

Sweet Milk – One morning I picked up a charming middle eastern instrument called a Latva – a smaller version of the classical Oud . I went to my studio tuned it in fifths and almost immediately put this track down. It reminds me of the music of Hamza El Din who was a musician I listened to a lot when I first started playing.- so! the influence comes to the surface- thank you Hamza el Din…

Better than Earth – this arrived after a cup of tea one afternoon when frustrated by something else that wasn’t working I started playing though a looper as a sort of mental yoga .. and ended up, after some judicious knob twisting with this.

Do Aliens Really Eat Dark Carbon – I reprogrammed one of my boxes on the floor to make this set of intervals which I found very seductive and was able to stand all day playing this sound over and over as if in a trance .Thus arose this..

Cool Red Dwarf – this is an example of a whole subsection of working in the studio these days – making loops – for ever and ever and ever… Some work – some don’t. I was pleased with this one…

Andy Summers
June 2017


VINYL (2 Disks, 18 tracks)

DISK 1 SIDE A (20:59)
01. If Anything
02. Triboluminescence
03. Adinkra

DISK 1 SIDE B (18:07)
04. Elephant Bird
05. Shadyland
06. Haunted Dolls
07. True Nature

DISK 2 SIDE A (20:14)
08. Gigantopithecus
09. Pukul Bunye Bunye
10. Sam and Janet
11. Ricochet
12. Uncanny Valley

DISK 2 SIDE B (18:30)
13. Help from Jupiter
14. Sweet Milk
15. Better than Earth
16. Do Aliens Really Eat Dark Carbon
17. Cool Red Dwarf
18. Garden of the Sea

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

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Inside Musicast interview with Andy Summers

From playing clubs at the age of 16, to venturing off to London with his friend Zoot Money and formed Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band when he was 19, Andy Summers musical journey was just beginning to flourish.  Summers went on to perform with other bands and musicians including The Soft Machine, The Animals, Kevin Coyne, Jon Lord, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, Neil Sedaka, and Kevin Ayers.

But it was his gig with Strontium 90 that introduced him to Gordon Sumner and Stewart Copeland that catapulted his career into one of the most successful bands ever, The Police.  After the band’s final studio album, “Synchronicity” in 1983, Summers, like his bandmates, embarked on solo careers that continue to this day.  In fact, Andy recently released his 14th solo project “Triboluminescent” and he’s here to talk to us about it.

Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Andy Summers.

Andy Summers


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