Cranc

All Angels

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All Angels is Cranc's first release. The title comes from the name of the London church where this music was recorded during two concerts in May and September 1999. The first one was the trio's first meeting. There are many special details about this group: First of all, it's a string trio of cello, violin, and harp, which is unusual. Second, harpist Rhodri Davies and violinist Angharad Davies are brother and sister. Finally, they both are Welsh, while cellist Nikos Veliotis comes from Greece. The best known of these players is Rhodri Davies, who worked a lot on the London free improv scene in the late '90s (with Chris Burn and the London Improvisers Orchestra, for example). The trio remains in the same waters as Davies' usual music: abstract free improv building on textures instead of stamina. Plucked strings, bowed strings (including the harp), and scraped strings are intertwined, dancing a complex choreography. All Angels is about movement -- graceful, as in "Il Tempo Suono," clumsy and hesitant, as in "Brooks Raconteur." Through the turmoil appear moments of blinding clarity. It requires the listener's sustained attention, but it's worth it. Avant-garde lovers already attuned to the music of Steve Beresford, Iskra, the London Improvisers Orchestra, or about any artist documented on the label Emanem will be able to appreciate Cranc's art. All Angels was released in a limited run of 890 copies, with liner notes in English, Greek, and Welsh.

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