My brand new album The Dwarf Planets Suite has now been completed and has been pressed up ready for sale. It will shortly also be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other online music retailers. Here is a little about the album.
“In 2016 I released a cover album of Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets Suite’ which was recreated with an orchestra of bass guitars. The Dwarf Planets Suite is my follow up in which I have composed music for 9 of our solar systems dwarf planets, such as Pluto, Ceres and Haumea. Each dwarf planet, the the planets, is named after a different mythological character, mostly from the roman pantheon but some from native religions such as from Easter Island and the Tongva tribe of southern California. The album comprises interweaving bass and chapman stick parts which make up a string orchestra.
You can check out my playalong for the Dwarf Overture here:
“Iona co-founder Dave Bainbridge’s band Celestial Fire will be back for 3 UK dates in September:
13th The Jubilee Centre, Bradford, West Yorkshire
15th Trading Boundaries, Fletching, Sussex,
30th The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, Kent
Don’t miss the chance to see this amazing group of world class musicians come together and set the stage alight with music from Dave’s solo albums, Iona and the forthcoming Celestial Fire debut studio album.
‘An absolutely epic evening watching the Celestial Fire band play the most intricately beautiful music. Incredible musicians. Unmissable.’ ”
Dates for our fall tour:
Sat. 10-06-18 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
Wed. 10-10-18 Westbury NY The Space at Westbury
Thu. 10-11-18 Bay Shore NY Boulton Center
Fri. 10-12-18 Ridgefield CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun. 10-14-18 Quebec, Canada Salle Jean
Mon. 10-15-18 Montreal Canada Club Soda
Wed. 10-17-18 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
Thu. 10-18-18 Derry NH Tupelo Music Hall
Sat. 10-20-18 Hopewell VA Beacon Theatre
Sun. 10-21-18 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Mon. 10-22-18 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Tue. 10-23-18 New York NY Iridium Jazz Club
Wed. 10-24-18 Warrendale PA Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Thu. 10-25-18 Louisville KY Zanzabar
Fri. 10-26-18 Kent OH Kent Stage
Sun. 10-28-18 Westland MI Token Lounge
Tue. 10-30-18 Minneapolis MN Dakota Jazz Club
Thu. 11-01-18 Edwardsville IL Wildey Theatre
Fri 11-02-18 Arcada Theatre St Charles, IL
Sat. 11-03-18 Fort Wayne IN The Clyde Theatre
Sun 11-04-18 Indianapolis IN The Irving Theater
I’m happy to announce that I am now exclusively playing with D’Orazio Strings. D’Orazio make fantastic strings which I use with my Chapman Stick and bass guitars which they have customized exactly to my needs. I’m looking forward to working with them in the future and to an upcoming clinic tour of Italy sponsored by D’Orazio.
The transcription for my version of Beethoven’s Für Elise is now available in the Tabs section of the website.
You can now view the full seven bass guitar transcription of the first track from my new album “The Planets Suite”.
Mercury, The Winged Messenger Full Transcription
For those of you who’ve enjoyed the tabs that are available on my website and feel they’d like to make a donation I’ve created a button below. All contributions great and small will be warmly received!
Simon Fitzpatrick – “The Planets Suite”
“Voyage through the solar system from Mercury to Neptune with the bass guitar as your guide!
“Simon Fitzpatrick has reinterpreted Gustav Holst’s classical masterwork through the medium of his own instrument, the bass guitar. Multi-layered basses are supported by Chapman Stick and Minitaur Synthesizer to create a brand new vision of the British composer’s much loved celestial suite. The many timbres available on the bass guitar are used to emulate the various orchestral departments which are so well exploited in the composer’s original arrangement. In “The Planets Suite” Fitzpatrick deploys the full range of his technique to create all the colours and moods evocative of our planetary neighbours, veering between layered grooves, soulful melodies, virtuosic flourishes and atmospheric soundscapes.”
Download “The Planets Suite” Album from these sites and more:
CDs available here.
1. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
2. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War
4. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician
7. The Planets Suite, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic