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Live (Cloud Valley)
cdRoots Code: ac-sans1

SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio (of Hedningarna), multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country's heart-rendingly voice-like reed pipe, the duduk.

Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw's most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow (which spent 3 months in the top 10 of the European world music airplay chart), SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world, in which the four members draw deeply on their different but remarkably compatible traditions including the ancient Karelian songs that became Finland's Kalevala, the sweeping melodies of Armenia and English folk-song. They combine to make a genuinely new music of extraordinary beauty, intensity and fluidity in which each performance is a new creation. Therefore the band's debut CD SANS Live was recorded on its Flanders tour in December 2013.

Listen to "Peter Pan"

   

The musicians:
Andrew Cronshaw: Electric zither, fujara, marovantele, kantele
Sanna Kurki-Suonio: voice
Tigran Aleksanyan: duduk
Ian Blake: bass clarinet, soprano sax

Tracks: 1 Läksin minä kesäyönä käymään – I went out on a summer’s night 13:05
2 Omenankukka – Apple flower 6:18
3 Peter Pan 5:14
4 Tuuli – Wind 5:01
5 Waiwanen walitan waikiast’ – I weep for my sins 5:42
6 Äiti ja meri – The mother and the sea 10:16
7 Äiu, äiu 4:29
 

Some of what the press has to say about the concerts:

"Ancient, scary Finnish runo songs accompanied by mesmerising nets of sound woven from zither, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara. 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, reviewing SANS in Australia, March 2013 

"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. Quite, quite beautiful" - worldmusic.co.uk reviewing SANS at Home Festival, UK, 2012 

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