LAURA CANNELL & ANDRE BOSMAN
Laura Cannell has become a major reference point in contemporary composition over the last four or five years, known for blending medieval and early music with experimental and improvised techniques on her unique over-bowed violin. Over the course of four critically acclaimed solo albums, she has used these approaches to explore the landscapes and open spaces of her native East Anglia through recordings made in Saxon churches, lighthouses and other isolated historical spaces.
André Bosman brings to his amplified violin a love of distorted textures, early minimalism, American primitivism, and back porch fiddle influenced by his early years growing up in Kentucky, USA.
The pair will be releasing their duo album ‘Reckonings’ on 13th July 2018, and are performing at The Unitarian Church as one of a handful of shows in support of this release. Their most recent projects include touring with Cannell’s Modern Ritual Series at venues such as Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and London’s LSO St Luke’s, and performing at Cafe Oto, Spitalfields Festival, Full of Noises, Supernormal, The Union Chapel, and live in concert for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.
JUSTIN HOPPER ‘THE OLD WEIRD ALBION’
Justin Hopper is a writer from Pittsburgh, USA, living and working on the Suffolk/Essex borders. His work explores the intersection of landscape, memory and myth through non-fiction, poetry, site-specific writing and audio pieces.
His most recent book ’The Old Weird Albion’ crosses the Sussex and Hampshire Downs in an interrogation of the high, haunted landscape of the English South. His activities find him tracing memories, myths and forgotten histories through crop circles, ancient chalk figures and eerie suburbs placed along the axis from Winchester to Beachy Head: the ruins of prehistoric pasts and utopian futures.
For this evening's performance, he will be delivering sections of two music-and-text pieces drawing on East Anglian sources: 'Low-Tide Crow', a meditation on vanished Suffolk landscapes using texts from Victorian ornithologists' notebooks, and 'I Made Some Low Inquiries', which transplants Appalachian ballads into the landscape of the Stour Valley.
Justin Hopper has collaborated extensively with musicians and film-makers in the development of audio-visual pieces, including with contemporary folk singers Cath & Phil Tyler and Lost Harbours for ‘I Made Some Low Inquiries’; with composer and sound-artist Scanner for ‘Public Record: Ipswich Museum’ as part of the SPILL Festival; and with Sharron Kraus for a performance based on the ‘Chanctonbury Ring’ chapter from The Old Weird Albion. He is a frequent participator in activities and debates surrounding the Folk Horror revival, the rise of psychogeography, and the use of sound and music in the re-enchantment of mythic British landscapes.
NICK JONAH DAVIS
A return to Cambridge for solo acoustic guitarist Nick Jonah Davis, completing this trio of performances drawing on the influence of landscape and place. Nick will be performing a new set of pieces informed by his recent move from urban Nottingham to the White Peak of rural Derbyshire.