Face to Face with Alex Heffes

20 September 2012

Face to Face is the new album project from leading film composer Alex Heffes (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Touching the Void), partly recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

It brings together the diverse talents of Regina Spektor, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yasmin Levy, Matthew

Barley, Tunde Jegede and Kawesa in a series of one-on-one improvised duets with Alex.

Face to Face was created in locations ranging from Abbey Road Studios to Kampala, Uganda, to a disused factory in the Bronx and London's Tate Modern Gallery.

The album was beautifully recorded by Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Henderson (Paul

McCartney, Jeff Beck) and Flood (U2, Sigur Rós, The Killers).

Flood mixed Freeflow, featuring a duet between Alex and Ryuichi Sakamoto, in Studio Three, and Andrew Dudman recorded Tunde Jegede’s tracks in Studio Two with Pete Henderson.

Each track gives the listener a unique insight into the moment when a musical idea is born.

Alex said of the project:

"It started as a dare and became a quest. It's a dangerous game throwing the door open on your raw musical ideas, but each artist on this record stepped up to the line, embraced the danger and did something stunning and unexpected. There was only one rule: whatever happened on the day of the session HAD to become a track on the record. All bets were off. Nothing was prepared in advance, save choosing a location, bringing an instrument and sitting down as a duet.

I chose collaborators whose work inspired me, but I had no clue what the results would be, or what form the project as a whole would take. All I knew was that I would be the through-line, going face-to-face with each person in turn. Strange then, to sit back and listen to the journey that took me across 3 continents with 6 totally different artists and hear a record that seems to have its own natural shape and form."

Face to Face is released on 22nd October 2012. For more information and to download a free track, please visit http://face-to-face-album.com/.