Aisha Orazbayeva – Slow Change

"Recorded over three separate afternoons. 

Paper is a latest piece in my series for “prepared” violin. This one uses paper weaved across the strings, the resulting sound is that of a woodwind instrument (I hope). It is then improvised.

Orlando GibbonsFantasia IV- I first played these Fantasias in 2011 for F-IRE Klang Codex concert series run by Lucy Railton and Fred Thomas. Around the same time I began performing at Oto in Lucy’s Kammer Klang and in some way I will always associate the Gibbons Fantasias for Treble Viols with Lucy and the early days at Cafe Oto. 

Slow Changeis a process piece, a journey of the bow going across the string from the bridge to the end of the fingerboard, the sound is slowly changing, other strings get involved as the bow gets higher on the fingerboard. "

- Aisha Orazbayeva


Aisha Orazbayeva - violin, preparations, recording, mixing


Artwork design by Oliver Barrett


1. Paper (7:44)

2. Orlando Gibbons Fantasia IV for 2 treble viols (3:22)

3. Slow Change (14:02)

Aisha Orazbayeva

Kazakh violinist & composer Aisha Orazbayeva is renowned for her fearless interpretations of contemporary music and radical approach to old repertoire. She released four critically acclaimed solo albums, with the latest "Music for Violin Alone" described as a "unanimity of head, hearts and hands" by the New Yorker magazine. Together with Mark Knoop she won a Diapason D'Or award for their recording of Morton Feldman's "For John Cage". She has given violin masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the International Darmstadt Summer Course. Aisha's music has been performed at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Wiener Festwochen Festival in Vienna. She has recently become a member of Ictus ensemble in Brussels.