Over the past few years English musical explorer Andrew Cronshaw, on deep-chiming electric zither, shivering fujara, silvery marovantele and more, and Armenian Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country’s exquisitely human-toned duduk, while being maestros of the still, quiet places, have shown with their dramatic, spacious music that they also create that wide, calm atmosphere, drawing in and mesmerising the audience, on the big outdoor stages of festivals. Silence writ large.
Cronshaw’s new album The Unbroken Surface of Snow captures that essence. Creating a sense of serene silence, notes hanging in space, it draws the listener into a quiet, rich world and makes its own time.
As well as Cronshaw and Aleksanyan, it brings in British/Australian reeds player Ian Blake,and the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio (perhaps best known outside Finland as vocalist with the band Hedningarna).
Following the recording of the album and remarkably successful live shows in Finland in the summer of 2011, these four musicians have become a band, SANS, that makes its debut outside Finland in London on October 23rd 2011, and will be performing around the world in 2012 and onward.