Sans - Andrew Cronshaw with Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake and Sanna Kurki-Suonio

Sans - Andrew Cronshaw with Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake and Sanna Kurki-Suonio

7th July 2013

SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw (electric zither, fujara, ba-wu, marovantele, kantele etc), the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country’s heart-rendingly voice-like reed-pipe, the duduk.

It’s a very unusual instrumental and vocal combination, not found in any other band in the world. Drawing deeply on its members' different but remarkably compatible traditions - the ancient Karelian songs that became Finland’s Kalevala, the sweeping melodies of Armenia and English folk-song - the result is a seductive, richly atmospheric sound world, a genuinely new music of extraordinary beauty and fluidity.

"SANS led us into a dark night of ethereal beauty. In fact it was almost perfect night music - like an evening raga, matching music to time and place and state of mind."
"Sanna’s powerful, supple and subtly toned voice started singing and soon the number gained a pulse, which ran through the tune until Andrew brought it all back down again, both dynamically and texturally, on his chord zither and closed the set - as delicately as a snowflake falling to the ground . . .
Quite, quite beautiful" -

“Delicate, haunting… glacial” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“A musical landscape as close to silence as a heavy snowfall, and more beautiful” – Tim Cumming, The Independent

“Stunningly beautiful” – Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 ‘Late Junction’

“Sparse, glacial and utterly beautiful, with a wide panoramic sense of infinite space… a far northern wilderness transformed into sound" - Songlines

Tickets £8 / £7 concs.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
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