Event Start: 8:00pm
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows up her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter on June 15, 2018. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, the Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Florence Welch, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney’s interpretations of Henry Purcell’s “O Solitude” and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s “Long Time Gone,” first recorded by the Everly Brothers.
Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: “I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I’d been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I’d been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.”
The range of artists she’s shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs.
‘Whether she’s singing old songs or her own, Ms. Chaney destabilizes them, turning them into rhapsodic, immediate dramas, giving listeners a reason to hang on every phrase and inflection … Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she’s radical.’
The New York Times
‘The crystalline beauty and sleek agility of her voice and the immaculate clarity of her phrasing transcend any one tradition. Chaney’s got so many tools and so much potential it’s almost frightening.’
‘Chaney is a home-grown poet whose lyrics, dense and allusive, blend pastoral tradition with singer-songwriter sophistication.’
The Sunday Times
Ahead of their Written in Fire debut at Aldeburgh Festival (June 22nd) – the Singh Quartet performs from memory, Leos Janacek’s ground-breaking quartet Intimate Letters (1927) . This work is a musical document of Leos Janacek’s feelings for his muse Kamilla Stosslova. Driven by an obsessive desire the music is frenetic, tender, electric and optimistic.
Violins Rakhi and Simmy Singh
Viola Ruth Gibson
Cello Ashok Klouda
Tickets available on the door.
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