Events at the festival:
The band was founded by musicians who had met during the recording of The Unbroken Surface of Snow by Andrew Cronshaw. Their music combines in a surprising harmony the elements of ancient Finnish songs from Karelia (the echoes of which can be also heard from Kalevala, the beautiful Armenian melodies and British folk songs. By using a unique combination of instruments and threads, the artists create a distinct kind of music, very beautiful and coherent.
After one festival, a reviewer of worldmusic.co.uk wrote: “They led us into the dark of night with their ethereal beauty. Everything was almost ideal - the music of the night, like a nightly raga and the way the music fit into the time, place and our state of mind.... Absolutely, absolutely beautiful.” We can expect such emotions in Krakow in July.
Andrew Cronshaw (The United Kingdom) – electric zither, fujara, marovantele, kantele, ba-wu
Members of the group:
Sanna Kurki-Suonio (Finland) – vocals
Tigran Aleksanyan (Armenia) – duduk
Ian Blake (The United Kingdom/Australia) – bass clarinet, soprano saxophone