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One of the past year’s most watchable series sees string virtuosos Cannell & Ellis describe the changing of the seasons with remarkable attuned improv instincts.
After a hauntingly gorgeous ‘August’ starring Stewart Lee and Rhodri Davies, their ‘September’ volume feels almost giddy and light-headed in the opener ‘Another World’, before the weather changes round their slow yielding folk keen of centrepiece ‘On Sacred Roman Ground’, culminating in the airborne waltz of ‘Ancient Moons.’
““Producing this amount of music together has been enlightening, we could not know how our collaborative language would develop, and we are still learning. This month features highly charged and transitional sounds as summer peaks and autumn appears on the horizon. We also debut one of the exploratory real-time compositions we made playing live for the first time together - On Sacred Roman Earth”.
Not only have our livelihoods changed, but our opportunities to connect with each other and with audiences have too. These EPs now act as a direct monthly performance between us and our listeners. We create and present the music to each other, it is always surprising, we evolve it and shape it and enjoy the moments of making before letting it go.”
September Sounds was recorded live inside a rural 15th Century church in mid-Suffolk, and remotely between Suffolk & Essex and in September 2021. It is part 9 of a series of EP releases which are written, recorded and released every month throughout 2021. This month features Cannell’s signature evocative violin, voice & alongside Ellis’s deeply expressive cello, bass and octave violin playing.”