Label: Not On Label - MFA 002 • Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Fusion
Dirk Campbell born Hugo Martin Montgomery Campbell30 Decemberand previously known as Mont Campbell is a British multi-instrumentalist, composer and energy company executive. Campbell was born in the British military hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, and lived in Kenya tillso was exposed to indigenous Arab and African music before its alteration by western influence. He composed the score to David Anderson's BAFTA-winning animated film Dreamland Express in and began a full-time career as composer in with film and commercials commissions from Redwing Films.
He has since written scores for film, television, advertising, radio and stage. He is adept on a wide range of ethnic folk instruments which have led to recording work in film, television and computer games. Although initially known as a member of progressive Aie Aie Aie - Rachid Taha - Made In Medina & Ole Ole bands such as Egg and National HealthCampbell would later in his own words " forswear the genre of rock music altogether, and began to develop an interest in folk tradition and, increasingly, non-western music.
He is also a lecturer on "music in remote antiquity", and maintains a strong interest in "ways of incorporating non-western music into contemporary composition. In parallel to his work as a musician, Campbell is a director of the Sussex-based alternative energy company, Ovesco.
The family moved to Kenya inwhere they lived until their return to the UK intheir son having preceded them by a year. Inthe family moved from Brighton to London where Campbell already equipped with his long-standing nickname of "Mont" attended the City of London Boys School. While at school, Campbell playing guitar and French horn met and began to work with aspiring keyboard player Dave Stewart and budding guitarist Steve Hillage.
Recruiting the latter to one of his bands prompted Campbell to switch his own focus to bass guitar. In earlyCampbell, Stewart and Hillage formed the short-lived psychedelic blues band Uriel with drummer Clive Brooks. Following Hillage's departure, the remaining trio took on a progressive rock direction and changed the band name to Egg. They would, however, briefly reunite with Hillage to record an album under the project name of Arzachel, on which each member employed an arcane surname both for fun and to get around contractual problems.
Between and Egg recorded their debut album and its follow-up The Polite Force. Campbell played bass guitar in the group as well as singing and adding French horn and was also its main composer, citing Igor Stravinsky as his main influence.
He has, however, subsequently expressed reservations about his later time with the band saying of The Polite Force"I didn't enjoy the sessions which seemed to me turgid and unsatisfying.
I don't like the album. Persistently struggling to maintain their record deal with DeramEgg amicably disbanded in By this time Campbell had become interested in mysticism and was involved in the international spiritual movement Subud.
Having unsuccessfully pursued work as a plumber and as a graphic designer, he was invited to compose music for a film by director David Anderson: this in turn led to him attending the Royal College of Musicstudying the French horn and composition and gaining his ARCM diploma in The album was bolstered by two Campbell-composed wind quartets which featured neither Stewart nor Brooks.
Following graduation and after a very brief stint with Alan Gowen 's jazz fusion band Gilgamesh Campbell linked up with Stewart again inthis time as part of I Put A Spell On You - Alan Price - The World Of Alan Price original line-up of National HealthAlthough Campbell Pibroch For The Midwinter Sun - Dirk Campbell - Music From A Walled Garden enjoyed his work with the band for which he composed several pieces including "Paracelsus", "Agrippa", "Zabaglione" and "Starlight on Seaweed"within a year he became disheartened by its lack of success.
Campbell's final gig with National Health resulted in a total discouragement with rock music, and in subsequent years he would abandon the genre altogether, describing it as having "very limited powers of expression He also recorded an ultimately unreleased tape of other Pibroch For The Midwinter Sun - Dirk Campbell - Music From A Walled Gardencalled Individual Extracts. InCampbell developed an overwhelming interest in world music  and spent most of the next decade-and-a-half mastering a wide variety of wind instruments, harps and lutes from diverse cultures around the world.
This led to an ongoing career as a specialist session musician and composer for films, theatre and television, including work with Pibroch For The Midwinter Sun - Dirk Campbell - Music From A Walled Garden Royal Shakespeare Company and contributions to The Last King of ScotlandLong Walk to FreedomHarry Potter and the Goblet of FirePibroch For The Midwinter Sun - Dirk Campbell - Music From A Walled Garden of Playthe revival of Survivors and the film of The Mummy.
Campbell released his first solo album, Music from a Round Tower in a mixture of authentic traditional instrumentation with MIDI, sampling and sequencing, plus contributions from Dave Stewart. Despite declaring in that he "personally had nothing to say in the western musical language"  Campbell followed it up in with Music from a Walled Garden.
He has gone on to record as half of The World Wind Band the other half being fellow multi-wind player Jan Hendrickse and currently plays and composes as part of the "non-European folk" band Kalamus, which he's described as "mostly flute and bagpipe music with percussion"  and which released their first album Bronze in Campbell is an extremely diverse multi-instrumentalist. Bold As Love - Various - In From The Storm - The Music Of Jimi Hendrix his time as a rock musician he predominantly played electric bass guitar, six-string The Cure - Entreat guitar and electric pianobut has mostly abandoned these instruments since his retirement from rock music.
He is an occasional singer and, on his solo albums, has worked with digital age music technology sampling, programming and MIDI. Since Campbells's reinvention as a world music and historical musical specialist, he has focussed predominantly on acoustic instrumentation and plays around forty different instruments, including: .
Campbell also pursues parallel work as an environmentalist and alternative energy specialist. He is a founding director of the Ouse Valley Energy Services Company Ovescowhich began its work by initiating a solar power station in Campbell's current hometown of Lewes and has since expanded to cover further sustainable energy projects in the Ouse Valley region. His partner Adrienne died in Campbell has one son and six daughters, one of whom, Anna Campbellwas killed fighting for the Kurdish Women's Protection Units in Syria.
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