With support from Mandel
Contemporary classical chamber quartet Spindle Ensemble are performing their first show since 2019 to celebrate the release day of their sophomore album Inkling.
Inkling will be released on vinyl, CD and digital download by new record label Hidden Notes Records, an expansion of contemporary classical/avant-garde Hidden Notes festival (featuring upcoming performances from Jonny Greenwood and Penguin Cafe). The vinyl version will be accompanied by a special 12 page booklet which also includes liner notes written by celebrated DJ and Broadcaster Nick Luscombe (BBC3’s Late Junction/Musicity/Flomotion Radio).
Since their formation in Bristol in 2016 contemporary chamber quartet Spindle Ensemble led by composer, pianist and harpist Daniel Inzani (Yola, Alabaster dePlume, Tezeta) which also features tuned percussionist Harriet Riley (Charles Hazelwood’s Paraorchestra, Bristol Symphony Orchestra), cellist Jo Silverston (Mesadorm) and violinist Caelia Lunniss (Edward Penfold) have garnered much praise for their innovative take on contemporary classical music, rooted in spontaneity and improvisation performed with deft musicianship and unique instrumental pairing all resulting in truly captivating sonic soundscapes.
Equally at home performing in concert halls such as the Union Chapel, Southbank Centre, Bristol Beacon and festivals including Shambala and Hidden Notes to churches, art centres, record shops and independent venues across the UK they continue to bring their music to a diverse and ever growing audience.
Listeners may hear influences from composers such as Satie, Pärt, Ravel, Reich, Glass and Zappa’s favourite composer Varèse in their music but might also find the soundtracks of Morricone and the minimalist aesthetics of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra nestled alongside the more experimental leanings of groups such as Rachel’s, Esmerine, Bell Orchestre and Amiina.
The quartet’s forthcoming album Inkling was recorded at various venues across Bristol (including St George’s), capturing their performances as unique 3D sound images enabling the listener to hear each instrument’s position mimicking the audible experience as a live audience member. Unlike their debut BEA, some of the compositions on Inkling also features a collection of guest musicians expanding their sound to an orchestral scale, featuring the addition of brass and percussion instruments.
In September 2019 the group released a double A-side single of Chase and Okemah Sundown from the album with accompanying videos by acclaimed Director/Cinematographer Fred Reed and stop-motion animator Marie Lechevallier. New single Caligo – with B side Menilmontant – will be released via Bandcamp on Friday 5th February 2021 together with a unique Super 8 music video by filmmaker Narna Hue.
Support will be provided by Mandel. Another addition to Valgeir Sigurdsson’s impressive Bedroom Community catalogue, selected by the legendary producer and composer and mastered at his Iceland recording studio Greenhouse, Mandel is a creative partnership between longstanding BedCom collaborator Emily Hall and Misha Law.
Drawn together by a common aesthetic, they meet every week to practice mindful free improvisation mostly on violin and viola then work together to develop this material into fixed pieces of music. They originally got together to improvise on a regular basis as a means of free expressive offloading. They started to record their improvisations and listen back and quickly spotted ideas and sometimes whole passages which they wanted to develop into pieces. Mostly they then develop the pieces together through devising and for some pieces a more composer-based approach is taken and Emily develops the improvisation in between sessions. In this way, Mandel is a true partnership between the music therapy skills of Misha Law and the composition skills of Emily Hall.
Their debut EP ‘Nha Trang’ was released by Bedroom Community in Jan 2021. The title track comes out of an improvisation in a response to “Nha Trang” a photograph by Andreas Gursky of workers in a factory in Thailand making wicker furniture for IKEA. It mirrors its swirling macro to micro, and homes in at a certain point to something more human. Nha Trang came about through a commission from the London Sinfonietta.
There will also be a 7 minute viewing of the incredible film Please You Draw Near, a collaboration between Harriet Riley, Maia Ayling and Tom Jacob. Created during the 2020 lockdown, it uses aerial circus, live music and text from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ to explore themes of isolation, powerlessness and determination. It responds to the currently pertinent question, “what is an artist without an audience?”.
Maia combines her experience in circus and theatre, performing the text and rope routine. This is displayed alongside Harriet’s live musical performance, filmed in a separate venue. The physical nature of the percussion mirrors the physicality of the aerial circus. Exploiting the challenges of Covid restrictions, Tom’s edit seeks to capture a unique perspective that is not possible in live performance, creating a sense of intimacy through the use of slow motion, double exposure, close-up photography and split screen.
Enjoy delicious pre-concert drinks and nibbles ahead of the evening’s concert. Choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all vegetarian).
Due to covid-19 restrictions we’re only able to operate pre-booked table service in our bar area so we’ve put together food and drink packages to enjoy ahead of each concert.
This package for one or two people can be booked online alongside your ticket order, please also advise our team of any allergies.