Let me present ‘Shimmer’! This is the first in a series of six pieces I created using improvisation as a compositional process. The full EP will be released on Nov 26th.
I’m proud to present my contribution which was supported by the Arts Council Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award.
I have composed and recorded six new pieces for guitar and electronics, and two live videos.
I set myself a strict method of composing through improvisation. So all the main thematic material was written in the heat of the moment and the pieces were meticulously finished afterwards. It was an interesting process and I’m pretty happy with the result!
All will be revealed in the coming days and weeks, so please stay tuned..
Leading Irish publication The Journal of Music have written an extremely positive review of my Penji EP! Here’s a nice extract:
“Adopting the name of Penji for his solo project, Hackett appears to have taken his most interesting musical digression…in the process (Penji) has created a groove-laden sound that is augmented by weighty beats, shimmering processed guitar and warm synths. These are songs to reward repeated listens as various elements seep up to the surface and reveal themselves..
With this EP, Penji has revealed a knack of merging the ecstatic with the downbeat.”
Don O’Mahony, The Journal of Music (read full review here)
Pretty fantastic review of the Penji EP on award-winning cultural media website HeadStuff!
Read the full review here: https://www.headstuff.org/entertainment/music/review-penji-electric-eponymous-debut/
Wonderful news – I have been awarded the COVID-19 Crisis Response Award by Arts Council Ireland! This will enable me to compose and record a series of pieces for guitar and electronics, which I will be publishing online for you good folks. So stay tuned for that..
Now I’m off to write some new music! 🎶
Nice write-up in Connacht Tribune this week! Being in Zinc was a formative time for me, and helped me to have a free approach to writing and producing with the new Penji record.
I’m delighted to announce that my debut EP of electronic music is out May 21st on all platforms!
I am releasing under the alias Penji, and here is the beautiful artwork by long-time collaborator AMW Visual
Quietly in the background, for the past couple of years I have been slaving away in my home studio..
I have been recording guitars, playing synths, programming electronic beats and processing it all through a plethora of guitar pedals.
This has resulted in a four-track EP of electronic music, of which I am very proud!
I would describe it as ‘dreamy, wonky, future-nostalgic hip-hop’…
Entirely recorded, produced and mixed by myself,
‘Penji’ has just been mastered in one of the finest mastering studios in the UK (who have worked with such artists as Om Unit), and I will be releasing it this spring.
Stay tuned for an exact release date in May!
Thanks to everyone who came down to the In Flow shows last week at Galway Jazz Festival! Was an absolute blast performing with the whole ensemble, which featured the wonderful Matthew Jacobson on drums, as well as Andrew Madec, Simon Kenny and Alain Halimi!
AMW Visual also did an absolutely amazing job on the visuals and documentary.
Thanks to the whole team at Galway Jazz Festival for having us, Ellen Cranitch, Ciarán Ryan and Matthew Berrill did a fantastic job on putting together the best festival yet!