Anian + In Your Voice (Real World)
cdRoots Code: rwr-anian
"Si Hwi Hwi" (song and recitation)
9Bach was formed by Lisa Jen and Martin Hoyland in 2005. The name is a play on numbers and words. Lisa: '9 is as in Nain, (pronounced nine), which means grandmother in the North of Wales, Bach means little and is also a term of endearment in Welsh. In one language 9 is something so mundane as a number, but in Welsh Nain is a cozy, family orientated lovely thing: your grandmother is a person we can relate to and visualise.'
Lisa on vocals, harmonium, and piano and Martin on guitars and percussion are joined by Ali Byworth (drums and percussion), Dan Swain (bass guitar), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (vocals).
9Bach's music is atmospheric, evocative and emotional hybrid of the Welsh folk tradition and contemporary influences and working practices. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound picture, the songs take you into the landscape and the emotions that it evokes. Music is a living thing, not a museum piece and the way that 9Bach compose and perform reflect this.
As Martin says, 'everything is the wrong way round. We have a Welsh Harp, which is probably the most traditional Welsh instrument there is, but it's not played in the traditional way. It's played with feel, and heart, and it's very conscious of the song, so rather than being the main focus, it's very atmospheric. Then we have a harmonium, an Indian instrument, no one in the band knows how that is supposed to be played, but we just love the sound.'
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