Lament in Three Parts was improvised and recorded on April 30th in the quiet bunker-esque venue, Ausland, just 20 doors down from where I live in Berlin. Additional processes and editing were completed on May 1st 2020. Special thanks to Cafe Oto, Ausland, Billy Steiger and Petter Eldh for their part in the making of this release, and especially to Sophie Fetokaki for her generous writing in response to the music. Her foreword and Billy Steiger's artwork accompany this release. I would also like to acknowledge Catherine Lamb, Rebecca Lane and Johnny Chang whose music, playing and friendship has made a significant mark on my own meanderings in to new musical territories in recent years.
Extract from the foreword, 'Thoughts for Lucy: a foreword to Lament in Three Parts' - by Sophie Fetokaki:
"...What is it about the telling that provides comfort or consolation? Perhaps it's partly in the curative power of naming, an act that can bring our experience into relief and ward off the depressive forces of nothingness, formlessness, and monstrous plasticity. There are also other forms of telling that are not lexical, and our too-easy separation of sound and speech, music and words, belies the existence of something deeply healing and transformational that grounds and unifies them both." - read the full text here (pdf).
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC.
1. Lament in Three Parts - 20:10
2. First Lament - 8:06
3. Second Lament - 7:19
4. Third Lament - 4:44
Lucy Railton is a British cellist and composer living between London and Berlin. Since 2007 she has been active as a curator, a performer of contemporary music and as a solo artist. Over the years she has performed and recorded with creators from a range of disciplines including Kit Downes, Catherine Lamb, Rebecca Salvadori, Peter Zinovieff, Beatrice Dillon, Phillippe Parreno, Kali Malone, Sofia Jernberg, Christian Lillinger, Rhodri Davies, Angharad Davies, Laura Grace Ford, Akram Khan, Nicolas Becker, Alex Hills, Alison Knowles, the Tate Modern, Blank Forms, the ICA, the Harmonic Space Orchestra and the Ever Present Orchestra. She has been commissioned by Somerset House, Borealis Festival and INA GRM, Paris and has been a resident at EMS, Sweden and Dark Ecologies/Sonic Acts Norway, and has been involved in presentations of work by Maryanne Amacher and Henning Christiansen amongst many other productions during her time as co-director at London Contemporary Music Festival and Kammer Klang. She has previously released solo and collaborative albums on Modern Love, PAN, ECM, Confront Recordings, Ftarri and SN Variations, with an upcoming split side release with Max Eilbacher on GRM / Editions Mego Portrait Series. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the New England Conservatory, Boston and holds a Bachelor’s degree.