Line up

  • Andrew Cronshaw (Zither, fujara, marovantele, ba-wu etc.)
  • Ian Blake (Bass clarinet, soprano sax)
  • Sanna Kurki-Suonio (Vocals, kantele)
  • Tigran Aleksanyan (Armenian duduk)

Uniting the powerful, ancient Karelian runo-songs that became Finland’s Kalevala with the sad, lingering duduk laments of Armenia and ghosts of British folk-song melody, SANS makes an atmospherically wide-screen new music surging between glacial stillness and passionate power.

The magnificent singing of Finland’s Sanna Kurki-Suonio, the heart-pausing sound of Armenian Tigran Aleksanyan’s duduk, the deep woodiness of Ian Blake’s bass clarinet, the dark, glassy chiming of Andrew Cronshaw’s electric zither and unique marovantele, and the man-high fujara’s breathy, shivering harmonics.

Since formation in 2011 SANS has played very successful shows in Britain, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Belgium and Australia.

'SANS Live', recorded on the 2013 Flanders tour, released in April 2014, reached the World Music Charts Europe top 20.

“A subtle, at times gently unsettling album in which ancient laments from around the Baltic are fused with themes from England, Scotland and Armenia. Exquisite.” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

"SANS are riveting. They play weightless drifting drones and soundscapes that pick you up and deposit you somewhere else entirely. Categorise as ‘otherworldly’." The Irish Times, on the WOMAD show

“Kurki-Suonio's voice is elemental, summoning mythological beings in a way that has you looking over your shoulder long after the song has ceased." Canberra Times, Australia

Andrew Cronshaw - electric zither, fujara, marovantele, kantele, ba-wu, di-zi
Sanna Kurki-Suonio - voice
Tigran Aleksanyan - duduk
Ian Blake - bass clarinet, soprano sax

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On Tour

  • SANS

    date:11 May 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
    area:UK, Finland


Andrew Cronshaw with fujara, by Knut UtlerSanna Kurki-Suonio & Andrew Cronshaw, by Knut UtlerTigran Aleksanyan & Sanna Kurki-Suonio, by Knut UtlerSANS at Riksscenen, Oslo, by Knut UtlerSanna Kurki-Suonio & Andrew Cronshaw, by Knut UtlerIan Blake, by Knut UtlerAndrew Cronshaw with fujara, by Knut UtlerSanna Kurki-Suonio, by Knut UtlerAndrew Cronshaw with marovantele, by Knut UtlerSANS at Riksscenen, Oslo, by Knut UtlerTigran Aleksanyan, by Knut UtlerSANS at Riksscenen, Oslo, by Knut UtlerSANS in AustraliaSANS in AustraliaSANS at EthnoAmbient, Croatia, by Antonia KavasSANS Live CD pack shotSANS members collageSANS Flanders 3SANS FlandersSANS Flanders 2SANS logo


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Äidin Rakkaus



Peter Pan

From "SANS Live" CD, CV 2014


Tuuli - Wind

Instrumental - fujara, duduk, bass clarinet - from CD "SANS Live"

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