Based in rural East Anglia, Laura Cannell’s work draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Laura’s music has grown out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces. Her music encompasses both wild animal calls and long forgotten liturgical fragments, which drawn through Laura’s music seem to originate from the same, ahistorical place.
With a background in traditional folk, early and experimental music, she creates a solitary minimalist chamber music, where one player makes all the harmonies.
Since founding and touring with duo Horses Brawl a decade ago, Laura has established her practice as a solo musician with recorder and fiddle her primary instruments. Her first solo album Quick Sparrows over the Black Earth (2014) found an audience keen for more, and she has followed the release with the highly acclaimed Beneath Swooping Talons and a busy touring schedule that has included her debut at Royal Festival Hall, as well as venues and festivals throughout the rest of the UK from London’s Café Oto to Cathedrals and National Trust castles.
Recent performances also include festivals in Holland, Switzerland and Denmark as well as interviews and airplay on BBC 6MUSIC, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, NTS Radio and many others.
Praise for Beneath Swooping Talons (released August 2015)
“bracing and uncompromising … fearsome and fearless” – Shindig
“utterly beguiling, bleak and beautiful” – NARC
“Cannell coaxes fresh magic from age-old techniques” - The Wire
“profoundly beautiful… another triumphant album.” – Folk Radio UK
“an essential work of modern British folk and avant-garde composition.” – The Quietus
“the kind of artistry that pays back the courageous listener in spades” – The Skinny
“At once uncanny and serene” – Uncut
“Laura Cannell might be a magician” - Mojo
“A beautiful and haunting thing” – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
“‘Beneath Swooping Talons’ demonstrates how much sound can come from a solitary player” – Norman Records
“A stunning, heavy listen” – Slate the Disco
Support: Phil Mill
Local experimental musician and sound artist, focusing on the use of field recordings and digital 'DIY' softwares made for processing sound. He has recently been recording in a variety of locations in Europe, often associated with or identifiable as a territory or boundary between places and their sonic signatures. Phil's music is often improvised, and he is currently developing software that reflects on this process - enabling the process of composition to reflect on the nature of the sound environment and the unpredictability of the soundscape.
Tickets £7 / £6 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm.