Third was launched on 16th November 2013.
For my third solo CD I decided to use pieces which I regularly play in live-looped concerts, so all the tracks presented on the album were either written or arranged in the first instance to be played live.
Tubular Bells for One…..Mike Oldfield, arr. Phil Toms
Phil Toms’ great arrangement of the opening of Tubular Bells, by Mike Oldfield. A real tour-de-force! My video of this arrangement is here.
Slow movement from Violin Concerto…..Philip Glass, arr. S Bingham
This is my arrangement of the slow movement from the wonderful violin concerto by American minimalist composer Philip Glass. See a live video performance
The title track from my second solo CD, Ascension is a short piece of my own making! Watch my video of Acension
Clocks…..Coldplay, arr. S Bingham
I arranged this well-known song by Coldplay for my live concerts a few years ago, and it’s been a favourite ever since. Watch my video of Clocks
Canon in D…..Johann Pachelbel
The famous classical piece by Johann Pachelbel, for three violins and continuo, which I arranged for one player! Watch a live concert video
Joe Waits…..Rowan Marshall
This is a great original piece written for me by the very talented Rowan Marshall. You’ll be hearing more from him….. Watch the video
My own take on the early minimalist piece “Clapping Music” by Steve Reich. A simple rhythmic figure, played on two separate tracks, is gradually displced by one note at a time, creating some great cross-rhythms. Watch my video of Duplicity
While My Guitar Gently Weeps…..George Harrison, arr. S Bingham
This is one of my favourite Beatles tracks, and has been a staple in my live concerts for many years. See a live concert video
Abroad Thoughts From Home…..Derek Paice
This is one of several pieces that have been written for me by the excellent Mr Derek Paice, and it now features in most of my live performances. Watch a video of this piece
Originally I wrote this as a simple pizzicato, semi-improvised looped piece, but expanded it for the “Touchable Dreams” CD I made with Jeremy Harmer. I rather enjoy the mix of ethnic instruments, violin pizz and treble recorder in this version…. Here’s a video
Chant…..Jason Carter / Steve Bingham
Chant will always have a special meaning for me, as it was one of the first pieces I ever played when I began doing electric violin. Then it was a version with the group Ragatal. The original riff (heard here after the initial pizzicato build up) was written by my good friend Jason Carter. The Ragatal version (with guitar, bass and tabla) was very different from this version, which was originally used on the “Touchable Dreams” CD.
Get Lucky…..Daft Punk, arr. Phil Toms
We finish as we began, with one of Phil Toms’ superb arrangements; this time a cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Phil never ceases to amaze me with the quality of his arrangements and the speed of his work! Watch my video of this piece