Aqueduct Ensemble have announced their debut album - Improvisations On An Apricot. The ensemble’s core is a collaborative project between Ohio-based Keith Freund (Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books) and his neighbour Stu, a piano tuner and professional pianist.

Reflecting on the record Freund recounts - ”It’s been a couple years, but I’ve put together a new record, this time with my neighbour Stu and a few other friends. Stu’s been tuning the piano Linda and I were using for our Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books recordings, and I’ve always enjoyed the test scales and vignettes he would run through checking his work.

"I floated the idea to collaborate on a sort of 70s/80s ECM kinda vibe, and soon started bringing my laptop and a couple microphones over to his house to collect his improvisations and have him add to pieces I had started. Other friends from the neighbourhood dropped by to add parts here and there as well.

"The recordings were made primarily in the summers of 2016 & 2017 (with a break in-between to mourn the triumph of neo-fascism as well as the passing of beloved pets). Ultimately I tried to follow the feel of those summer nights and the tranquillity they offered. Open air or at least open windows, drifting along, you know?”

Improvisations On An Apricot is available on 4th May 2018 via Last Resort.