Boomkat Product Review:
Sublime new EP curated around the primordial and enigmatic music of Giacinto Scelsi revolving around a new recording of his intimate Duo for Violin and Cello beautifully performed by Aisha Orazbayeva and Lucy Railton, but also featuring a new work by Chris Watson inspired by Scelsi's explorations of 'pure sound' and a breathtaking shakuhachi honkyoku performance by Joe Browning.
Virtuoso violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, and gifted cellist, Lucy Railton perform the “primordial and enigmatic” music of pioneering Italian composer, Giacinto Scelsi, backed with equally captivating, yet very different responses to the same pieces by sound artist/recorder extraordinaire, Chris Watson, and shakuhachi honkyoku performance by Joe Browning.
Stemming from an idea conceived by Lucy together with SN Variations’ Adrian Corker (/ Conboy), she and Aisha undertake the complex challenge of Duo for Violin and Cello with breathtaking skill and gripping dynamic, utilising a range of innovative extended techniques to yield plangent, prickling and curdling microtonal swarms and prongs veering from sweeping low end to abrupt punctuations and the sort of keening discord that flosses the head in the lushest manner.
In keeping with Scelsi’s esoteric approach to natural, acoustic sound forms, Chris Watson responds with the visceral, haunting Invertebrate Harmonics, sculpting field recordings of insects on a boardwalk in the middle of Borneo into a swelling, crepuscular chorus, which also played a part in the larger installation Notes from a Forest Floor at the ICA in June 2015. He’s also responsible for recording the EP’s final track, rendering a breathtaking performance of Honshirabe - a part of the Komuso Buddhist monk’s historic repertoire - played on shakuhachi honkyoku by Joe Browning.
Not to be missed! RIYL Richard Skelton or Mica Levi’s Under The Skin OST