Trip to the Moon is Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie assisted by a crew of long-term musical friends.
Nigel Gavin – glissentar, Greg Johnson – Trumpet, Jim Langabeer – saxophones with Trevor on loops, guitars & ebow and Tom on piano, synthesisers and programming.
“A Travellers Tale” has by their rough calculation has taken over 3 years at Tom’s Rockynook Studios ….. more than 36 months of Sundays to conceptualize, compose, re-contextualize, arrange and record. It’s a complementary, no-bullshit relationship that would probably only be possible with two musicians of their combined experience.
Swedish Ludvigson is well known on the Auckland music scene having played keyboards professionally on the circuit for a number of groups and jazz outfits as well as funk and electronic experimental music . He has in the past performed with the Jack Morris Big Band , Big Sideways , Elephunk , Rick Bryant’s Jazz Bombers , the electronic space jazz ensemble Nexus, the Richard Adams Quartet, Tom also leads the Inner City Jazz Workshop and composed the music for the TV documentary on Robin Morrison called ‘Blues For Robin’ .
Reekie was a member of seminal eighties electro group Car Crash Set, has two ambient solo albums under the name Cosa, has recorded four albums with the Greg Johnson Band, and runs two Auckland based record labels, Pagan and Antenna. He has produced a number of records for bands like the Mockers, Dance Macabre, Marginal Era. These days he is a free-lance broadcaster .
“My musical agenda is to accumulate all the jazz background that Tom is so well versed in and merge it into the overall sound” says Reekie, whose own background is rock-orientated. ”At one point of my life I wasted time collaborating with people who were like myself,” says Ludvigson, ”and we duplicated skills. But here, it’s the other way round.I get deep into my electronic instruments, which I know make unique and interesting sounds, and from there it’s a process of refining and re building … it lends itself to musical composition that often ends up in a place that isn’t always jazz … and that allows for a wider palette’ .