Andrew Cronshaw / Cloud Valley Music|
The English composer and multi-intrumentalist is a house favorite here at cdRoots. His sense of aural spaciousness, his interest in roots music from around the world and his remarkable circle of musical friends and companions makes for some extremely unique music.
Ochre - Great Bear twofer - $31.99
A special price on a pair of CDs by Andrew Cronshaw: Ochre (2004) and On The Shoulders of the Great Bear (2000).
Live - $17.99
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, SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world. The entire program was recorded live in 2013.
The Unbroken Surface of Snow - $17.99
British musician and composer Andrew Cronshaw is joined by a global enseble of Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake, Sanna Kurki-Suonio.
Ochre - $17.99
The English composer and musician player turns 'world music' around by inviting an international roster of artists to help him reinterpret his own traditions. At a studio in south-west Wales, he recorded with Syrian qanun and oudist Abdullah Chhadeh, Welsh triple-harpist Llio Rhydderch, Arabic vocalist Natacha Atlas, Pontic/Greek lyra player Matthaios Tsahourides, Australia-resident Brit Ian Blake on bass clarinet, clarinet, soprano sax and prepared piano, Irish double bassist Bernard O'Neill, and himself on electric zither, the 6 foot long Slovakian flute fujara, Chinese brass-reeded ba-wu and other instruments not usually associated with English music.
On The Shoulders of the Great Bear - $17.99
British zither player with a wonderful cast of Nordic musicians produces sometimes ethereal, sometimes raw new acoustic music.
Zegar Zivi (Zegar Lives) - $18.99
Powerful acapella group vocals, often using the wild beating-against-drone technique of groktenje, diple playing, goat-calling and church-bell ringing from a group of amazingly resilient Serbian singers who've moved back to their village of egar in the rocky hill-country of Dalmatia in Croatia, a region war-shattered in the 1990s and still depopulated, but beautiful and now peaceful - to rebuild their homes and pick up the threads of their lives and rich musical traditions. The album's title, and the group's name, means egar Lives.Recorded in egar in May 2007, produced by Andrew Cronshaw in collaboration with Svetlana Spajić. The digipak contains a 60 page booklet with many photos and extensive notes including the background story to the recordings (in English). Listen