Clifford White

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b. 6 April 1967, London, England. This self-taught Vangelis of the UK’s new age movement forsook an early ambition to direct films for a musical career through the encouragement of pianist Jon Land. White…
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b. 6 April 1967, London, England. This self-taught Vangelis of the UK’s new age movement forsook an early ambition to direct films for a musical career through the encouragement of pianist Jon Land. White found particular inspiration from the success of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in 1973. He and Land funded an eight-track studio where Clifford’s Ascension - the first of an album trilogy - was recorded in 1984. Issued by New World and, later, Audio Art, it had sold over 40, 000 copies within five years. Adjectives like ‘mellow’, ‘atmospheric’ and ‘restful’ crop-up in critiques of White’s keyboard-dominated instrumentals which are designed as aural accompaniment during meditation, improvised dance and other self-improving activities. He has collaborated on record and in concert with Jon Land, Stairway, Chris Michell and Steven Russell’s Drumoff. After a creative lull in the late 80s, he ventured closer to mainstream pop via The Lifespring and his co-production of ‘The Lone Skater’, a Christmas single by pop singer Dave Berry.