Rated 4 out of
What an atmosphere at a wonderful venue
I went to St Pancras Old Church on my own, but was luckly enough to sit next to two wonderful young women from Hackney and had a wonderful conversation (hi Diane!) prior to Amy Cutler coming on stage. They, like me, had come across Erland Cooper on 6 Music.
Any read some of her poetry against a backdrop of Sylvia Hallet's atmospheric violin play, which was greatly enhanced by effects pedals and also a bowed saw!
As for Erland Cooper, he was absolutely charming. He plays keyboards and is backed by three violinists/multi-instrumentalists, one of whom has the most beautiful voice. The music, so enhanced by the dramatic acoustics of St Pancras Old Church, gives an impression of the dramatic and beautiful countryside of the Orkneys.
The best moment came when Erland asked the audience to access a tape loop of bird noises to be played during the rendering of a live instrumental piece.
The set lasted just about an hour, since they had no other tunes they could play :-)
If you get the chance to see this guy, and love ambient, dramatic instrumentals, Erland Cooper is your guy!
Date published: 2018-05-25