ERLAND COOPER ANNOUNCES EGILSAY SECOND CHORAL COLLABORATION WITH RENOWNED VOCAL ENSEMBLE SHARDS
LISTEN TO ‘GLIMRO’ - OUT 5 NOVEMBER
THE FIRST TRACK TO BE TAKEN FROM HIS NEW EP - OUT 26 NOVEMBER 2021
"From sea pink to the shimmer of the aurora polaris, in Orkney the light shifts so many times a day, you rarely see the same view twice.” - Erland Cooper
05 NOVEMBER 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - Scottish composer Erland Cooper has announced details of a new EP, Egilsay, set for release on Mercury KX/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company on 26 November 2021.
Pre-order Egilsay HERE
This recently recorded 4-track EP is Erland’s second collaboration with the renowned vocal ensemble, Shards. It will be accompanied by a video capturing an evening of the recording at Erland’s London studio, shot by long-time collaborator Alex Kozobolis.
Egilsay, named after one of the smaller northern isles in the archipelago of Orkney, is the follow up to 2020’s collaboration with Shards, the Eynhallow EP. For this release, the experimental vocal ensemble expand on Erland’s compositions with this absorbing and contemplative piece of work, meditating on the theme of shifting time & light.
Time can mend anything
Lay on your side
And dream the world away
The night will come and go
We’ll have tomorrow in the sun
Erland Cooper explains, “Song titles are words associated with changing light in local dialect and the cover artwork is a still photograph at dusk of reflections over sand and sea - a hopeful glimmer of tiny, growing estuaries among dark sand patterns. Water and light always find their way to the surface".
As with his previous Shards collaboration, which was released last festive season, the EP closes with a poem version, on this new EP Paris-based composer, conductor and arranger, Uèle Lamore & Scottish artist Kathryn Joseph nod back to Erland’s previous work with words by Keats, a variation framed but resonating in a different setting.
This new EP ends another busy year for Erland Cooper. His first release for Mercury KX, Never Pass Into Nothingness, was released last month. The EP & film, inspired by filmmaker Margaret Tate and shot in and around the The City of London and its infamous modernist architecture, was described by MOJO as “an almost Zen-like hymn to timeless, transporting quietude”, and is available to listen and watch to HERE.
Erland Cooper and renowned violinist Daniel Pioro recently journeyed across Orkney with Scottish poet George Mackay Brown’s An Orkney Tapestry as a guide. Along the way Cooper planted his album, Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence. And BBC Radio 3 documented the journey. You can listen to the programme HERE.
“An Orkney Tapestry effortlessly showed how to be daring, creative and culturally genre crossing... wild and inspiring” - The Telegraph
Pre-order Carves the Runes Then Be Content With Silence, due to be exhumed and released in 2024, HEREunless found and dug by someone else first.
“At a time in history when technology has made the world’s recorded music available to anyone with a streaming subscription… Cooper’s project serves as a commentary on the disposable nature of music and the immediacy with which it is delivered.” The Times
Glimro - poem version featuring Uèle Lamore & Kathryn Joseph
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