Limited Edition - first printing of the 11 original pieces from the CD of the same name*
Over 40 pages of music with commentary from the composer.
The First Beat is the Last Sound
In the Grip part 1 (homage to Philip Glass)
White Cloud Blue Sky (homage to John McLaughlin)
In the Grip part 2
The Sound of one hand clapping (homage to Steve Reich)
Minimi for 2 guitars
"Gerard Cousins is a rare guitar player. A master of the classical idiom and the range of techniques which it demands, Cousins has developed his songwriting to over the last decade to a point where he is equally at home rearranging avant-garde composers, crafting his own compelling pieces or branching out in unexpected directions. On 'The First Beat is the Last Sound', Cousins has reached a rarefied point where his stunning playing is matched by his artistic vision - and yet the songs never sacrifice melody for sheer technique" from Acoustic magazine Jan 2015
* Gerard's arrangement of Eric's Whitacre's 'This Marriage' is due to be published separately by Chester Music
Includes unlimited streaming of The First Beat is the Last Sound via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.