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Squirrels In Space

Debut Squirrels In Space EP
Track Listing:

1. Latah Setinggan
2. Senja Mula Menangis
3. Echoes of Bangsar
4. Berjalan Bersamamu
5. Antartika
6. Penyair 

Recorded in Grand Studio, Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Mixed & Mastered by Vince Go, VGo Productions, San Franscisco, California, USA 
Artwork by A. Samad Said

Squirrels In Space:
Az Samad - Acoustic Guitar
Richard Moss - Mandolin & Bouzouki

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Past Squirrels In Space Events:

[Malaysia/Singapore Tour 2014]

March 2, Sun | Musica Workshop, Villa Angsana, Kuala Lumpur | Musica Workshop 3.0 with Az Samad & Richard Moss | 10:30am-5:30pm | Buy Tickets

March 4, Tues | Squirrels In Space at Merdekarya | Squirrels In Space | 7:30pm

March 7, Fri | Mosaic Music Festival 2014, Singapore | Squirrels In Space | 6:15pm AND 7:15pm

March 8, Sat | Esplanade, Singapore | Mosaic Music Makers 2014 Guitar Zero - Guitar Workshop for Absolute Beginners by Az Samad | 2pm & 4pm | Buy Tickets 

March 9, Sun | Esplanade, Singapore | Mosaic Music Makers 2014 Ukulele Adventure! A Parent - Child Workshop | 2pm & 4pm by Az Samad | Buy Tickets

[About Squirrels In Space]

When Malaysian fingerstyle guitarist Az Samad and Blackburn, UK based multi-instrumentalist Richard Moss collaborate, a musical meteor shower of East meets West fills the space. The duo blend their influences from Malaysian pop music to Jazz, folk, Celtic and rock into an acoustic guitar, mandolin and bouzouki extravaganza. Az Samad’s fingerpicked guitar melodies meet a counterpoint of fiery mandolin lines launched by Richard Moss. Together, they are Squirrels In Space!

Their name is a play on their musical playfulness and the spirit of musical adventure as they unleash their songs into the stratosphere.

Richard Moss brings his years of experience playing high energy Irish traditional music with the band Drop the Floor into this intimate musical adventure with Az. Az draws from his musical training, having studied jazz composition and improvisation at Berklee College of Music and later on stints performing Tex Mex, Cumbia and gypsy jazz with various groups in California. This rich blend translates into an acoustic music experience that has delighted audiences they’ve played for.

On one song, “Latah Setinggan” he used his Fylde bouzouki to power-up the funk grooves that Az plays on his Lowden acoustic guitar. There is a concentration of different moods as this duo surprises the listener with their interwoven textures. If you listen closely enough, you can hear how their friendship translates directly into a rich tapestry of musical chemistry. The way they their melodies dance together recalls the energy of Chris Thile’s progressive bluegrass project The Punch Brothers albeit in just two instruments playing as one.

In “Penyair”, their harmonized melody lines set the reflective mood of the poem that inspired it. With every phrase, Richard’s mandolin strings echo Az’s guitar lines almost telepathically before extending the melodic storytelling with his sparse mandolin solo. Within the folk-like simplicity of the binary song form, they explore a landscape of sound that launches your imagination away. As the song ends, the last few notes, in rhythm as the last harmonic fades into the distance.

Catch Squirrels In Space as they chart their course into the next musical galaxy. This is East meets West and then out into the stars!


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