Wednesday 10 May 2017, 7.30pm
Two exceptional string players pushing at the edges of their respective instruments, Lori Goldston (cello) and Laura Cannell (violin) tonight play solo sets followed by a very special duo performance.
Lori Goldston’s voice as a cellist, acoustic or amplified, is both rough and refined. Her music moves easily across borders and genres, often in collaboration with bands, composers, improvisors, choreographers, writers and film makers, including Earth, Mirah, Nirvana, David Byrne, Stuart Dempster, Greg Kelley, Ellen Fullman, Jherek Bischoff, Broken Water, O Paon and many, many others. She has released solo albums on Mississippi Records and Sub Rosa, and will release a duo with Jessika Kenney later this year on Mexico’s Substrata.
Laura Cannell draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. With deconstructed bow and double recorders, Laura performs semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces which explore the spaces between ancient and experimental music creating music that is rooted in but not tethered to the past.
She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums and is regularly broadcast on the BBC including Radio 3, 4 and 6Music and international radio. Laura regularly performs in the UK and Europe, recent festivals include Unsound Poland, Flow Helsinki, Meteo France, Norway, Holland and Denmark. As well as solo at The Barbican and Royal Festival Hall.
Recent projects include commissions for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Zuckerman Museum of Contemporary Art (US),and touring with the cellist Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana), and a series of new music/word performances under the heading Modern Ritual which tours the UK in 2018. Laura also runs her own independent record label - Brawl Records www.brawlrecords.co.uk
“One of the most exciting instrumentalists around” – The Guardian
“Laura Cannell coaxes fresh magic from age-old techniques… She conjures a sonic portal between the past and present… The raw beauty of her melodies glimmer through prickly thickets of stark and dissonant chordal drones” – The Wire