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More Details Revealed From Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders Collaboration Featuring The London Symphony Orchestra

 Promises Out March 26 / Luaka Bop

More Details Revealed From Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders Collaboration Featuring The London Symphony Orchestra

Promises: Prologuea new glimpse into Promises has been revealed:


Five years in the making, Promises is a historic collaboration between electronic musician and composer Floating Points and saxophone titan Pharoah Sanders that will be released March 26 on Luaka Bop. The project was recorded by Floating Points and Sanders together in Los Angeles. It also features the London Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Air Studios in London, and artwork by the acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu, who has an exhibit opening at The Whitney, New York on March 25.     

Promises: Chapter I, a non-visual experience, has also been announced for 

Sunday, March 21, at 2PM ET / 11AM PT. To RSVP, go here.


A 46-minute marvel” - Mojo, 4 out of 5 stars

“It’s astonishing“ - Gilles Peterson

“Stunningly beautiful” - The Wire

"An elixir for the soul” - Vinyl Factory

"Suddenly one of the more intriguing releases on the horizon" - Stereogum

“An abundant, celestial, majestic piece of're unlikely to hear anything else quite like it this year" - Paste

“A masterclass in atmospheric cross-pollination of musical styles, Promises’ warm, calm and peaceful serenity is the perfect antidote to real life 2021” - Future Music, 9 out of 10



A continuous piece of music in nine movements 

for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics, composed by Sam Shepherd.

Pharoah Sanders: Tenor Saxophone and Voice.

Sam Shepherd: Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Oberheim 4 voice & OB-Xa, Solina String Ensemble, Therevox ET-4.3, EMS Synthi, ARP 2600 and Buchla 200e.

The strings of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Recorded at Sargent Recorders, Los Angeles, California. Engineered by Sean Cook.

London Symphony Orchestra;

Written and arranged by Sam Shepherd, Conducted by Sally Herbert, Recorded at Air Studios, London. Engineered by Jeremy Murphy. Recorded by John Prestage.

Assisted by Ashley Andrew-Jones and Gianluca Massimo.

LSO led by Carmine Lauri.

Score preparation by Olli Cunningham and Colin Rae.

Mixed by Sam Shepherd at EMS4, London. Assisted by Tim Pennells.

Lacquer cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Cover Painting ‘Congress’ by Julie Mehretu.

Photo of ‘Congress’ © Julie Mehretu. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging.

Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

The painting is in the permanent collection of The Broad, Los Angeles

Design and layout by Paul Diddy.

Photos in Los Angeles by Eric Welles-Nyström. Photos in London by Shawn Johnson.

Executive Produced by Yale Evelev and Eric Welles-Nyström.

Dedicated to the memory of Tom Relleen.