In March 2020 Laura was due to spend time at Snape after being selected as BrittenPears Arts residency artist, on the prestigious development programme. The week she was going was the week before the first lock down, so… this was pushed back a year, then another year and in 2022 it took place with the addition of Kate Ellis on Cello and other instruments. At this point Cannell and Ellis had begun working together remotely and written and produced 1 Album: These Feral Lands – Vol.1(November 2020) followed by 13 EPs: Winter Rituals (December 2020) and then 12 monthly EPs which was funded by Arts Council England, under the heading: These Feral Lands: A Year Documented in Sound and Art.
Since Cannell and Ellis had built their working relationship and friendship it seemed natural to use the residency time and space at Snape in Suffolk to work together in a live situation for the first time.
The residency resulted in 2 live performances in the Jerwood Kiln Room at Snape, and was a week of composing, collaborating, experimenting and accidentally setting off the fire alarm with a fog machine. (photos by Livvid)
UNLOCKING RITUALS is the new solo EP from UK based Composer/Performer Laura Cannell. Stepping away from her signature overbow violin and recorders, the 4 track EP features a full church pipe organ that was built in 1899, and was recorded live in single takes inside a large rural East Anglian village church. Improvisation and fragmented ancient musical relics are at the heart of Cannell’s music, and here the slow moving air inside instrument becomes slow moving music in the building.
“Another essential plate from multi-instrumentalist Laura Cannell, this time focusing on a pipe organ recorded live inside a 14th Century church. Incredible. slow-paced liturgical drones of the most brittle, absorbing pedigree.” BOOMKAT
“This Music is just Devine” Tom Ravenscroft BBC 6Music (Featured in May 2022 on BBC 6Music Tom Ravenscroft Recommends, New Music Fix & Sitting in for Gideon Coe).
Antiphony of the Trees by Laura Cannell has been receiving some fantastic reviews since it was released in March 2022.
7/10 in UNCUT Magazine
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 4/5 in SONGLINES Magazine
THE WIRE Magazine
“haunting, evocative, and strung through with a sense of brooding magic.“ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 4/5 BUZZ Magazine Read the Full Review Here
“Wordless yet brimming with meaning and life, the album brings fragmented moments of nature into a singular curtain of minimalist but layered sounds in ode, in celebration and in reflection of bird song – transforming something that exists in abundance into something brand new and memorable“ THE QUIETUS Read the full review
“Her sonic tales are timeless, etched into the wood from the fabric of the rivers and soil. It’s an incredible feat and an incredible record.” FOXY DIGITALIS Read the full review
“If there is music that transcends time and space, Cannell’s work is one of them. This music is neither old nor new.” ELEKING – Japan Read the full review
“wherever you happen to be listening to Cannell’s music, you are there, surrounded by trees and the music, with all its hidden intentions, emerging from within its branches.” CAUGHT BY THE RIVER Read the full review