SANS

SANS

 London, England, GBR
BandWorldAlternative

"Ancient, scary Finnish runo-songs accompanied by mesmerising nets of sound woven from zither, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara."
SANS is a vocal and instrumental combination not found in any other band in the world, drawing deeply on their different but remarkably compatible traditions - the ancient Karelian songs that became FinlandÂ’'s Kalevala, the spacious modality of English folk-song and calm Armenian duduk melodies.

"Exquisite" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Biography

"Ancient, scary Finnish runo-songs accompanied by mesmerising nets of sound woven from zithers, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara." - Canberra Times

SANS is the quartet of English multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw (electric zither, fujara, ba-wu, marovantele, kantele etc), the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, English/Australian multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country's heart-rendingly voice-like reed-pipe, the duduk. 

Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw's most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow (which spent 3 months in the top 10 of the European world music airplay chart), SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world, in which the four members draw deeply on their different but remarkably compatible traditions including the ancient Karelian songs that became Finland's Kalevala, the sweeping melodies of Armenia and English folk-song. They combine to make a genuinely new music of extraordinary beauty, intensity and fluidity in which each performance is a new creation. Therefore the band's debut CD SANS Live, released in April 2014,  was recorded live on its Flanders tour in December 2013. Tracks from that are on the 'Music' page of this EPK.

Shows and tours during 2014 include WOMAD UK - for more see www.cloudvalley.com/SANS.htm

Videos from earlier shows are at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGlBk7T160HI2czxO8IshU7ejCYEZRkzX

Andrew Cronshaw: Electric zither, fujara, marovantele, kantele
Sanna Kurki-Suonio: vocals
Tigran Aleksanyan: duduk
Ian Blake: bass clarinet, soprano sax

"SANS led us into a dark night of ethereal beauty. In fact it was almost perfect night music - like an evening raga, matching music to time and place and state of mind. Quite, quite beautiful" - worldmusic.co.uk reviewing SANS at Home Festival, UK, 2012

"
A subtle, at times gently unsettling album in which ancient laments from around the Baltic are fused with themes from England, Scotland and Armenia. Exquisite." (4 stars) - Robin Denselow in the Guardian, 17th April 2014, reviewing the CD "SANS Live"

"Beautiful, spacious, haunting, visceral" - Rachel Nelken of Arts Council England, of the "SANS Live" CD, April 2014.

www.cloudvalley.com/SANS.htm

www.facebook.com/SANSmusik 


Discography

SANS Live

Cloud Valley CV2014
CD. Released 14th April 2014

http://www.cloudvalley.com/CVSANSlive.htm


(Andrew Cronshaw's 2011 9th album The Unbroken Surface of Snow (Cloud Valley CV2009), which spent 3 months in the World Music Charts Europe top 10, features all the members of SANS on its 34-minute title track, but the band formed as a result of the CD, so it isn't a SANS album as such) http://www.cloudvalley.com/CVUnbroken.htm