A unique collaboration between composer and organist Kit Downes and Tre Voci, comprised of Norwegian cellist Torun Sæter Stavseng and British cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander.
Formed in 2012, Tre Voci's repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance vocal music to new commissions and their own compositions. The trio is also focused on structured improvisation, performing with live processed electronics as well as explorations of Scandinavian folk music. In 2017/18 they have collaborated with nonclassical to present concerts alongside Mohammed Reza Mortazavi, Silje Aker Johnsen, David Stephen Grant, Bryn Harrison, Henrik Koppen and South Bank Gamelan Ensemble.
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world with artists such as Squarepusher, Thomas Strønen, Aidan O'Rourke and Django Bates and written commissions for Cheltenham Music Festival, London Contemporary Orchestra, Stavanger Konserthus, Cologne Philharmonie, BBC Radio 3 and the Wellcome Trust.
released May 18, 2018
Tre Voci: Torun Stavseng, Colin Alexander, Gregor Riddell - cellos
Kit Downes - Hammond Organ, on track 3
This album has really inspired my music and my use of musique concrete techniques and ideas in my music. This album has helped me release the potential in all the objects around me and the sounds they could make when processed.
Aside from that, this album stands out to me as a serious but actually slightly playful set of mostly non linear tracks, none of which I can say is my favourite. There is nice use of speaking samples from television (it seems) sprinkled in, but not nearly enough to make this some kind of plunderphonics affair. There seems to be use of modulars too, inspiring me to research more into the use of modular synth in experimental music. I can't well put into words how well this album works for me, but I guess that's enough of a statement in of itself. Jacob Levesque