Valgeir Sigurðsson – Dust
Edmund Finnis – Elsewhere
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Passacaglia
Oliver Coates – Dark Sky Community
Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Dust is Daniel Pioro’s first album on the icelandic record label, Bedroom Community. It is an album that spans four centuries of music writing and shows off his love of textures in sound, approaching ancient music as if new, and the meeting point between acoustic sound and electronics.
Pioro describes title track Dust as “a full exploration of the sound world a violin allows. The electronics meld with, lift, surpass and dance around the organic rawness of the strings.
The piece is all my years of not compromising or diluting myself to the needs of others, compressed into one long musical expression. It is hope and birth and death and melancholy.”
BBC Radio 3 presenter Elizabeth Alker recently chose Elsewhere by Edmund Finnis for her Radio ‘New Year Shopping list’ whilst Radio 6 DJ Mary-Anne Hobbs has put tracks from Dust on her ‘BBC 6 Recommends’ list.
The album features contributions from James McVinnie (organ), Clare O’Connell (cello), Liam Byrne (viol) on The Lark Ascending
and Chrysanthemum Bear (vocals) on Dark Sky Community.