Friday 13 July 2018, 7.30pm
RECKONINGS Album Launch - Experimental violin duo Laura Cannell & Andre Bosman launch their new album with a live performance.
RECKONINGS - The new album from experimental violin duo Laura Cannell & André Bosman features 6 tracks that were recorded in single takes in a medieval stone church at the edge of the marshes and reed-beds of East Anglia. Echoes of 12th century monophonic songs mingle with re-animated and imagined voices of long sleeping Saxons. The duo’s improvisations bring the secular back into the sacred space. RECKONINGS was recorded through the seasons with wind rattling, sun burning and snow melting.
Laura Cannell and André Bosman have performed together in multiple projects over the past fifteen years, their most recent projects include touring with Cannell’s Modern Ritual Series which has taken them in their solo guises to perform throughout the UK at venues such as Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and London’s LSO St Luke’s. As a duo they have performed at Cafe Oto, Spitalfields Festival, Full of Noises, Supernormal, The Union Chapel, earlier this year they were recorded live in concert and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.
Laura brings to the duo her background in medieval, experimental and improvised music with four critically acclaimed solo albums released since 2014 and regular touring throughout the UK and Europe, while André brings his back porch fiddle leanings influenced by his early years growing up in Kentucky, USA. His love of distorted textures, early minimalism, American primitivism, and medieval dirge also feed in to his solo aesthetics as electronic musician Hoofus. www.lcab.co.uk
Jonathan Hering performs his new interpretations of renaissance polyphony. A live set from his forthcoming debut solo album ‘Carmina Chromatico’ which comes out in autumn 2018 on Brawl Records. Performing compositions for up to 8 vocal lines, he uses his bass to counter-tenor range to sing music from the renaissance courts, taking it out of the Historically Informed Performance idiom to sing in his own voice, and eschewing the centuries of performance etiquette it has become entrenched in. Dissonant, chromatic and exquisite harmonies which are normally confined to the formalities of the classical recital give way to one voice, renaissance music for all ears.
Plus Luke Turner Writer & Co-Founder of The Quietus plays some of his favourite tracks.
Laura Cannell draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. With deconstructed bow and double recorders, Laura performs semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces which explore the spaces between ancient and experimental music creating music that is rooted in but not tethered to the past.
She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums and is regularly broadcast on the BBC including Radio 3, 4 and 6Music and international radio. Laura regularly performs in the UK and Europe, recent festivals include Unsound Poland, Flow Helsinki, Meteo France, Norway, Holland and Denmark. As well as solo at The Barbican and Royal Festival Hall.
Recent projects include commissions for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Zuckerman Museum of Contemporary Art (US),and touring with the cellist Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana), and a series of new music/word performances under the heading Modern Ritual which tours the UK in 2018. Laura also runs her own independent record label - Brawl Records www.brawlrecords.co.uk
“One of the most exciting instrumentalists around” – The Guardian
“Laura Cannell coaxes fresh magic from age-old techniques… She conjures a sonic portal between the past and present… The raw beauty of her melodies glimmer through prickly thickets of stark and dissonant chordal drones” – The Wire
André Bosman is a UK based musician performing improvised electronic music under his stage name Hoofus, and using extended fiddle techniques in a fiddle duo with composer/performer Laura Cannell. With a love of distorted textures, early minimalism, American primitivism, and medieval dirge he explores the aesthetics of liminality and emergence within his music. André has a Masters in Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Arts from the University of East Anglia and has performed with Phil Niblock, Tony Conrad, Rhodri Davies and recently recorded with Laura Cannell, Ex-Easter Island Head and Charles Hayward. He has played all over the UK at festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Music’s Faster than Sound and a UK tour with Saisonscape. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6Music. Hoofus has been released on Manchester label Front & Follow and is working on a new solo project with them. www.hoofus.com
“Laura Cannell and André Bosman evoked elven choirs from modified bows and fiddles, their long, haunting pieces describing medieval cultures on distant planets.” – THE WIRE MAGAZINE (Live review Supernormal Festival)
Jonathan Hering is a composer, performer and musical director. Based in Liverpool, he has played with numerous groups over the last decade, and currently plays with Ex-Easter Island Head, and The Aleph.
As a performer, Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist, and has played shows throughout Europe, from Finland to Bulgaria, working alongside artists and composers as diverse as Christian Wolff, Anat Ben David, Trey Spruance and Howard Skempton.
As a composer and musical director, Jonathan has worked with Tate, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Turner Contemporary, and FACT. Commissions have included Bird Sheet Music, with artist Kerry Morrison for Tate, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team, with filmmaker Jack Whiteley for the Bluecoat and DaDaFest, Lachrymose for Turner Contemporary, and Veil of Nightshade for Octopus' Full of Noises Festival.
Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. In 2008 he co-founded The Quietus, an online magazine devoted to music, arts and popular culture within the context of contemporary society. Turner is currently curating a series of live events as part of Hull City Of Culture 2017’s commemoration of the radical art collective COUM and as a journalist, he has contributed to The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, the BBC, NME, Q, Mojo, Monocle, Nowness and the SomeSuch journal, among other publications in the UK and beyond. Aside from his cultural writing, Turner writes regularly on landscape, place, memory and self for the Caught By The River online magazine, including a regular column on Epping Forest. This writing is also forming the basis for a forthcoming book on urban forests, family, ritual, death and sexuality against the context of Western decline and environmental destruction.