Laura Cannell & Angharad Davies – Mythos of Violins

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Mythos of Violins is an explorative collaboration puzzling over the unsconcious or conscious effect of place on the creative development of an artist. We collect and reject so many influences in our development as human beings, some good some bad, sometimes it is a wonder that we can actually coherently articulate anything at all (and maybe we can’t), hence that tower of Babel. Place is always there somewhere in the back of our psyche or on occassions up front staring us directly in our eyes, as the sunrises across that familiar sky outside our window. Place often feels more important when we are not there. This new commission ponders what and how place effects the creative process.

Angharad Davies and Laura Cannell come from two very distinct places in the UK – Aberyswyth in Wales and Southwold in suffolk. They will collaborate for the first time on this idea and take their music to where ever it might go. Both accomplished violinists that have come together from possibly very different approaches but are seeking to share and learn and expand their methods and sound worlds.

Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. A commissioned new work for Counterflows Festival, Glasgow was subsequently performed at the El Nicho Festival , Mexico and Supersonic Festival, Birmingham earlier this year.

Laura Cannell is a fiddle player who explores the spaces between experimental, medieval and improvised music. She often utilises fragments from medieval themes to her own end in a manner that embraces the apparitional, historical or otherworldly. Diverse festival appearances include: Supernormal, The Aldeburgh Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and regularly performs solo and in collaboration in the UK and Europe.

Mythos of violins is a Beyond Borders commission and we gratefully acknowledge the support of PRS for Music Foundation and its partners.