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Gerard Cousins – Stay By My Side

Gerard Cousins – Stay By My Side

The underlying themes of this album include peace, stillness and calm. My focus, as always, with my music is to aim to produce something that is beautiful. The pieces are a mix of originals by guitarist-composers and my own improvisations and compositions. There are also some new transcriptions of piano pieces which I have been working on for the past few years.


Other works on the album came to me through serendipitous meetings or the tangled fortunes of internet explorations. The inspiration starts close to my home with the Welsh composer David John Roche, then perhaps unexpectedly, we head not south (toward Spain) but northwards towards places that one does not naturally associate with the guitar. These contemporary composers of Sweden, Iceland and Estonia have provided a rich source of contemplative art.

The transcriptions present musical problems that are often solved by changing the tunings of the guitar strings. And with each new tuning I find novel combinations that inspire me to create new pieces. Many of these are improvised on the spot, or grow spontaneously and are later edited or expanded upon to create more structured pieces.


Gerard Cousins


Executive Producer: Edgardo Vertanessian


Recorded at Sally’s Studio, Reading, UK in October 2023

Mixing and Mastering: Edgardo Vertanessian

Guitar: Antonio Marin Montero (1992) with many thanks to Roger DeBree

Photographs by Robert Pugh

Cover design: Andrew Vlasov and Tatyana Vlasova

See Also

All Texts by Gerard Cousins

Booklet: Romina Pacor


Catalog number: PRIMA052

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