Abel Marcel - piano
Myrthe van de Weetering - violin
Sebastian Rochford - drums
Kit Downes - piano
“A Short Diary” is a diary of loss, a tribute to Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford and a very intimate collaboration between two phenomenal musicians: Sebastian Rochford and Kit Downes.
Sebastian Rochford is Gerard’s son. Well known as the bandleader of Polar Bear and for his many years of collaboration with Acoustic Ladyland, Andy Sheppard and the legendary Songs of Kemet, he has also toured with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and Patti Smith, among others.
With “A Short Diary” he presents an emotionally charged album with his own piano compositions. Memories set to music, born out of the need for consolation. “Seb” is one of ten siblings and wrote most of the music shortly after Gerard’s death. He recorded it with BBC Jazz Award-winning Kit Downes. It is thoughtful, wistful, intimate and of hymn-like clarity. These are unbearably sad yet beautiful tracks. Especially the second single “Even Now I Think Of Her”, a melody that Sebastian Rochford’s father sang into his phone and sent to his son.
Released in January 2023, "A Short Diary" is touching, musically brilliant and of impossibly honest quality. A diary that will leave no listener cold.