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“VIA” by Storms/Nocturnes

complete album packaging / concept, photography, design

I have been writing in more detail about working on this project beyond the design on both web and print. In fact, creating the artwork for this album was almost the smallest part of the bigger picture – yet an important one. We did want to achieve a unique and uniform package with a true identity across all visual assets that made up this special recording. A great collaboration with the musicians, the photographer Eric Richmond and the magical places which the music is all about made it possible…

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Tim GarlandVIA‘ (2011, Origin Records) tells of visits to places that left a lasting impact on Geoffrey Keezer, Joe Locke and Tim Garland – as a trio called Storms/Nocturnes. The original music is inspired by travel and movement. The dedications reach from small Jazz venues in the American mid west to the Lake District in British Cumbria. Visually, the task was to combine all those destination, without making it a scrapbook of holiday memories. The music’s unusual intensity and the rugged beauty of where we recorded it – Derek Hook’s Yewfield near Ambleside – brought it all together.

The design was eventually based on the blue, dark turquoise and black photograph of a brooding lake in autumn weather, which can be anywhere. The six-panel digipak was accompanied by a 12 page booklet to allow the artists to tell the story of “where they’ve been”. It also enabled us to that everybody who contributed to the realisation of this CD – many with the help of crowd funding site Kickstarter.

The digipak:

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - digipak outside

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - digipak inside

The booklet:

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - booklet

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - booklet

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - booklet

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - booklet

'VIA' by Storms/Nocturnes - Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Tim Garland

Storms/Nocturnes have their own website. ‘VIA’ can be purchased at Joe Locke’s Online Music Store

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