SANS at WOMAD UK
- Date: Saturday, 26 July 2014
- Venue: Charlton Park (Wiltshire, UK) — Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG, United Kingdom
Australian resident composer and reeds player Ian Blake joins SANS for a series of gigs in Europe from May to October this year. SANS makes spacious and spontaneous music drawing on Finnish, Armenian and British traditions. Here's some background on the Europe-based musicians: Sanna Kurki-Suonio was for many years one of the voices of Swedish/Finnish band Hedningarna. She has had several operatic roles created for her in Finland, holds a doctorate in ethnic vocal techniques, and teaches at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Born near Mt Ararat, Armenian duduk master Tigran Aleksanyan studied at the Armenian Conservatory and was a member of the Armenian State Dance Ensemble orchestra and the Akhtamar Dance Group, which toured widely through Europe and Iraq. He has been based in London since 2001. In addition to his work as a multi-instrumental performer, notably on the electrified 74-string zither, Andrew Cronshaw is a producer, journalist and critic with a substantial body of articles, reviews and projects concerning world music.
SANS made their first visit to Australia in 2013 for the National Folk Festival. Their first CD was released in April 2014, recorded live on a tour of Flanders.
- Music of Ian Blake
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