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Knight, Adrian: Fly By Night [2 CDs] (thanatosis produktion)

A "travelogue" of Swedish composer and songwriter Adrian Knight's guitar explorations, works originally released on his digital-only and now dormant label Pink Pamphlet, drawing from work recorded in his home studio that developed from sketches and experimentation, along with new recordings including one with saxophonist David Lackner; beautifully moody and elegant music.

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UPC: 7320470243428

Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: tht2
Squidco Product Code: 30640

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, New Haven, Connecticut, and in Stockholm, Sweden, between 2009 and 2018.


Adrian Knight-electric guitar, voice, keyboards, percussion, tape

David Lackner-saxophone

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"Adrian Knight (born 1987 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a composer, songwriter and musician living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Between 2006 and 2009 he studied with PŠr Lindgren and Jesper Nordin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and between 2009 and 2011 with David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick and Ezra Laderman at the Yale School of Music in New Haven. He is a member of a pop group, Blue Jazz TV, as well as ambient duo Private Elevators and the experimental jazz collective Synthetic Love Dream Ensemble. His musical style usually revolves around a self-deprecating morose aesthetic.

His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Living Earth Show, the Swedish Wind Ensemble, Red Light New Music, loadbang, Yale Philharmonia and Kungliga Musikhšgskolans Symfoniorkester. In 2011, he composed the music for a Yale School of Drama production of Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Since 2008, he has operated what he calls Òthe smallest record label in the worldÓ, Pink Pamphlet.

Knight's works are published by Schott Music New York through their new digital initiative Project Schott New York, Svensk Musik and Pink Pamphlet. He is a member of Fylkingen and the Society of Swedish Composers."

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"David Lackner (b. 1985) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, piano, flute, E.W.I., synthesizers) specializing in jazz, minimalist, and pop music. In 2008, David founded Galtta, a record label and project studio for producing and releasing music of various like-minded artists. In addition to his background in jazz, David studied North Indian vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, and began exploring just intonation and minimalist with his ensemble, Synthetic Love Dream in 2018. Married to visual artist and collaborator, Gabrielle Muller, David maintains a busy schedule of session work, gigs, production and film scoring."

-David Lackner Website (

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track listing:


1. Ohio Standard 08:12

2. Pink Pamphlet 04:38

3. Comble (prototype) 09:26

4. Abide With Me 26:57


1. Downwind 03:03

2. Midnight Zone 07:00

3. Fly Ny Night 14:40

4. Till Minne Av (prototype) 22:50

5. Pink Pamphlet 5 08:58
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"Originally disseminated as a digital-only release on my now dormant label Pink Pamphlet in 2014, 'Fly By Night' now gets a proper release via the Stockholm label Thanatosis Produktion. Since my early 20s the electric guitar has been a constant companion and assistant in my compositional work. Although I'm a much better pianist than guitarist, I've often found my relatively poor "fretboard awareness" to be a valuable asset in terms of focussing my intuitive hearing away from my more analytical hearing.

A home recordist, I am constantly documenting and capturing ideas as they arrive, as part of the process of writing pieces, or as self contained experiments. Some of the resulting odds and ends, sketches, ideas and studies are collected in this 2-CD set, amended by a new addition to the 'Pink Pamphlet' series of recordings with a cameo by David Lackner on saxophone.

While the album is predominantly a travelogue of my guitar explorations, with two "prototypes" for pieces that later became orchestral works ('Comble' and 'Till Minne Av'), I've included a few recordings with other instruments that live in adjacent territories. Insomuch that the recorded music presented here does not represent a documentation of preexisting musical texts, but indeed the pieces themselves - chance moments of layered sequences coalescing into harmonic contexts I could otherwise not have envisioned - this release is a departure from my usual approach and hopefully of interest to both intuitive and analytical listeners alike."-Adrian Knight

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