Aberfeldy-based visual artist and frontman of the great Star Wheel Press, Ryan Hannigan lends his rich Ulster brogue to Jay Chakravorty's lush soundscape to create a hugely atmospheric listening experience - headphones are highly recommended. Jay's album, A Map With No Memory, was released last month on Unperceived Records.
"Growing up in Northern Ireland wasn’t the best craic all the time. The people and especially my family were great but it’s not until I lived elsewhere did I realise I was marked by it. Violence, anger and sectarianism to me were synonymous and whilst I grew up inside that environment I always had an unassailable urge to be creative. It was arresting - music, art, poetry and drama. To me, the arts became an escape. Now it wasn’t a grandiose understanding of art back then but a clawing at any culture that helped me or made me feel good. Breakdancing, comics and BMX then Van Morrison, poetry and playing football, then drawing, sculpture and cycling, then making music, printmaking and performing live. Whatever form it has taken, culture has become a way to understand my own failures and hang-ups. My mental health has been continually fed by these considerations and helped me in times of anxiety or fear.
I now live in Aberfeldy with my family and have a gallery and studio there. After graduating from Dundee University we moved here and I continue to make music with my band Star Wheel Press and run an independent music events collective under the name Beeline.” Ryan Hannigan
Jay Chakravorty is a multi-instrumentalist composer and producer, based in London. His debut modern-classical album A Map With No Memory is out now on Berlin label Unperceived Records. The album was recorded in homes and studios around London with the help of musical friends Jo Quail (cello - Jo Quail, Poppy Ackroyd, Mono), Ellie Wilson (violin - Ellie Wilson, Stick In The Wheel), Hannah Nicholson (vocals - Ellie Goulding, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations) and Red Carousel (string quartet - The Heavy).
Jay has made music under various guises - as the BBC 6Music-feted solo artist Cajita; as a session musician, playing guitar, bass, piano, synths, accordion, percussion, and all manner of electronics at gigs both big (Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Copenhagen Royal Arena) and small (way too many to mention); and as a composer, creating music for plays, adverts, shorts and feature films. A Map With No Memory is his first album under his own name.