The Sun Never Sets​.​.​.

by Patrick Lester-Rourke & Stanley Newman

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At its height; the British Empire was the largest the world had ever known, and for over a century was the worlds foremost global power. The Empire was initially built upon the trafficking and use of slaves in the North America. Fuelled by the industrial revolution in the 19th century, it expanded dramatically in Africa and Asia, bringing great material wealth. After 1945 the 'wind of change’ and Britain's wartime debt ultimately led to peaceful disengagement from the majority of its territories.

A collaboration between Patrick Lester-Rourke and Stanley Newman; 'The Sun Never Sets...' explores the British Empires great reach and infringement upon cultures all around the world. The album takes the listener on a musical trip, as traditional world music is re-imagined and celebrated through the lens of free improvisation and electronics. Resulting in a varied and thought provoking album.

The album draws influences from the traditional music of the nationalities represented, the fusion music of Miles Davis and the film music of composers such as Vangelis.


released November 17, 2019

Synths, keys and Piano by Stanley Newman

Electronics, beats, electric bass and vocals by Patrick Lester-Rourke

All tracks (except 'Rule Britannia and 'The Valley of Knockanure) composed by Patrick Lester-Rourke & Stanley Newman

'The Valley of Knockanure' composed by Bryan MacMahon and arranged by Patrick Lester-Rourke

'Rule Britannia' composed by Thomas Arne and arranged by Patrick Lester-Rourke

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Patrick Lester-Rourke


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Patrick Lester-Rourke is composer/performer known for his innovative mixture of improvisation, world music, electroacoustic soundscapes and poetry.

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