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New on Society of Sound

The current release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Kjartan Sveinsson.

Kjartan Sveinsson is a composer, musician and performer. He first came to prominence as a member of Sigur Rós, the Icelandic band - sometimes characterized as 'post-rock' - of which he was a member from 1997 to 2012, releasing five studio albums, a film and several side projects, and selling several million records around the world.

Sveinsson played keyboards and guitar in Sigur Rós, as well as being responsible for the band's frequent arrangements for strings, brass, choir and orchestra. In 2008 he played his final show with Sigur Rós in the band's hometown of Reykjavík, although he continued to write and record with the band until 2012's Valtari album.

In 2014 Sveinsson and Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland's foremost performance artist) collaborated on Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen, an opera in four movements for Berlin's Volksbühne Theatre. Translated as The Explosive Sonics of Divinity, the piece combined Kjartansson's theatrical set designs for an empty stage, with Sveinsson's sweeping and romantic orchestral score.

Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen is the first of Sveinsson's post-Sigur Rós work to be released.

Published 25th Oct 2016, 12:00pm »

Totó Remixes Announced

The Garabato Sessions remixes will be released on
12" vinyl & digital download on 2 December 2016.

The Garabato Sessions brings influences from Bristol to Bogotá, with new remixes of Totó's classic Adios Fulana.

DJ, musician and remixer, Rob Smith (RSD), best known for making and playing breakbeat, drum & bass and dubstep, and as half of the duo Smith & Mighty (with Ray Mighty) provides the Bristol connection with his remixes.

Bogotá-based Richard Blair - from the band Sidestepper - retains the earthy Colombian sound of the traditional African-influenced drums and adds his own dub twist.

Available as a four track 12" single and also digitally. Digital release comes with the bonus remix Adios Fulana (Bristol Version)

Side A1/ Adios Fulana (Amen Style RSD)
Side A2/ Adios Fulana (Bristol Dub RSD)
Side B1/ Adios Fulana (Bogotá Dub Sidestepper)
Side B2/ Adios Fulana (Album version)

Adios Fulana (Bristol Version RSD) *Digital only*

Published 26th Oct 2016, 12:41pm »

Spiro 'Repeater' Out Today

Repeater, a new anthology from Spiro is released today.

The album is a collection of Spiro's music pressed onto vinyl for the first time.

The album will also be available digitally.

With tracks especially selected by the band from all four of their Real World albums Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009), Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow (2015), Repeater showcases the exquisite sound of these four brilliant musicians.

Published 20th Oct 2016, 12:32pm »

The Breath London Show Announced

The Breath have announced two London shows as part of their Winter Tour 2016/17.

The dates are:
Tuesday 24 January 2017 - Echoes, London
Wednesday 25 January 2017 - Echoes, London

Book Tickets here

"Raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed" Mojo Magazine

These London shows are in addition to the December dates already on sale:
13 Dec - Carlisle, Old Fire Station
14 Dec - Clitheroe, The Grand
16 Dec - Barton Upon Humber, Ropery Hall
18 Dec - Manchester, Band on the Wall

Early Bird Tickets for the December shows, priced at £10 each, are available for a limited period. Buy here

Published 20th Oct 2016, 12:38pm »

New Aurelio album 'Darandi'

Darandi is a collection of Aurelio's favourite songs from his career recorded to capture the sound of his incendiary live performances.

The album will be released on 20 January 2017 (North America release is 17 February 2017).

Accompanied by some of the Garifuna world's brightest musical talents, pairing upbeat, dynamic rhythms with melancholy, heartfelt melodies, this music is both deep and danceable.

The album was recorded while Aurelio was visiting the UK for a performance at the WOMAD Charlton Park. After the festival, Aurelio and his band visited Real World Studios, and laid down the record, completely live.

As Aurelio sees it, this is an album that closes a cycle in his career, representing the culmination of 30 years of composing and performing paranda music. The album consists of the songs from his extensive catalog that have proven to be his biggest hits, the songs he plays most frequently while touring throughout the world.

"I feel like the main cultural representative now of the Garifuna community of Central America" says Aurelio "and I think I can do more with my music that I ever could as a lawmaker."

Published 18th Oct 2016, 10:22am »

Joseph Arthur Free Download

The Campaign Song sees Joseph Arthur give voice to his frustration with the current state of affairs around this year's Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. A frustration expressed in the best way he can: a protest song.

"Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song about Donald Trump's grandfather. So this is like carrying the torch for Woody," says Joseph. "I used the lingo of a by gone era to accentuate that aspect, like 'America really should boot bums like this out' and 'Old scratch'. I wanted to use the lingo of Trump's elders as a subtle form of linguistic manipulation designed to send him under his bed shivering like the whimpering maggot that he is."

The video, created by Ehud Lazin, features footage from artist Spencer Tunick's large-scale anti-Trump installation Everything She Says Means Everything.

Published 17th Oct 2016, 12:43pm »

New 9Bach Tour Dates

9Bach have announced a small run of tour dates in the UK for February 2017.

The dates follow a successful tour to support the release of their album Anian earlier this year and selected festival performances during the summer.

All dates are on sale now.

King's Place have a special Early Bird ticket price of £9.50, so don't delay!

Published 11th Oct 2016, 12:21pm »

Remembering Angus Grant

We are saddened to hear of the death of Angus Grant, one of Scotland's leading traditional musicians, who was fiddler and frontman of Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty.

The image below (featuring Angus, top middle) is taken from the album that Shooglenifty released on WOMAD Select during the 1996 Real World Recording Week.

Published 10th Oct 2016, 3:45pm »

The Breath Tour Announced

The Breath have announced a short run of tour dates for this December.

The shows are on sale now with Early Bird Tickets priced at £10 each are available for a limited period. Buy here.

13 Dec - Carlise, Old Fire Station
14 Dec - Clitheroe, The Grand
16 Dec - Barton Upon Humber, Ropery Hall
18 Dec - Manchester, Band on the Wall

The Breath is the new band project of former Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer and lyricist Rioghnach Connolly. Along with McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers.

Reviewing the band live at the WOMAD Festival this summer Louder Than War said: "I had heard great things about them and clearly half the festival had too… the crowd was enormous and I could barely see the stage much less reach it. Thankfully I could hear them well enough and what I heard was wonderful."

"Raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed" Mojo Magazine

Published 28th Sep 2016, 3:25pm »

Spiro tour starts tomorrow

Spiro's UK tour kicks off tomorrow (24 September 2016), taking place at the following venues:

24 September - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
26 September - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
29 September - Yellow Arch Studio, Sheffield
26 November - South Street Arts Centre, Reading
4 December - St. George's, Bristol

The tour begins ahead of the band's new release, Repeater, a collection of Spiro's music pressed onto vinyl for the first time, out 21 October. The album will also be available digitally.

Published 23rd Sep 2016, 11:43am »

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