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Highly respected violinist Laura Cannell, a specialist in early, medieval, and folk music, who has worked with Mark Fell and Charles Hayward, typically blurs the line between improv and composition in ‘The Sky Untuned’
Conceived based on an accumulation of thoughts and feelings over 18 months of commissions, tours and adventures, ‘The Sky Untuned’ was recorded in just one sitting at St. Andrews Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, UK on 10th December 2018. Considered in the platonic ideal of great music, the album finds Laura essentially speaking out loud through her trusted Overbow Violin and Double Recorders, as her music flows with a natural cadence, urgency and intimacy that keeps us rapt with the rustic charm of a master story teller from the sticks.
“THE SKY UNTUNED takes as it’s starting point the theory of the music of the spheres, in which the universe is constantly making sound that humans cannot hear. The music is teased out of the land and sky and performed using Cannell’s signature minimalist chamber sounds, utilising extended instrumental techniques of overbowed violin (with deconstructed bass viol bow wrapped around the violin to produce drone and melody), scordatura violin tunings and double recorders (inspired by medieval stone carvings).
“It is not the result of one commission but a performance drawn from the ideas that have travelled in my thoughts wherever I’ve been over the past 18 months. The ones which wouldn’t leave my heart and head, the ones which demanded to be played over and over through internal speakers, the ones which need to be explored and performed as if it’s the first time every time.”