Brass: Durham International Festival 2014; Friday July 18; Durham Cathedral.

Commissioned by Brass for the 2014 festival programme: produced by Amie Slavin (who is beyond chuffed, and very proud to be associated with this sumptuously unique cross- genre and cross-artform collaboration!).

Durham Cathedral is the stunning host venue, for the world premieres of two new Brass commissions, drawing together two gorgeous Indie music acts, with the timeless magic of Military and Big Band brass instrumentation.

Jo Hamilton presents Fractal Sparks, work from her long-awaited second album, Fractals, arranged with an ensemble of military brass players, and featuring her signature instrument, the Airpiano.

Jo Hamilton’s music embodies a sense of deep appreciation for the everyday world, best described perhaps as “Sarah McLachlan meets Bjork singing Robbie Burns songs backed by Sigur Ros”. As the world pioneer of the Air Piano, Jo’s songs contain technological elements, but at their heart is the nostalgia of the Highlands and Islands where she sang as a child. Following the release of her award-winning debut album Gown in 2009, Jo has performed live in Europe, Asia and North America where she has gathered a loyal fanbase from across the globe.

Jo’s set will be literally set alight, with groundbreaking visual effects, designed to work with the unique and beautiful setting of Durham Cathedral, creating an experience you’ll remember for a very long time!

The evening will be opened with a further banquet for us music gluttons: Newcastle- upon-Tyne based Lanterns On The Lake released their second album Until The Colours Run, to critical acclaim, in 2013, with the likes of Drowned In Sound declaring it “one of the best records of the young decade”. Their music is an exquisitely crafted blend of cinematic post-rock, folk and electronics and with sold-out shows at venues across Europe and North America including The Sage Gateshead and London’s Bush Hall, the band are fast becoming one of the UK’s must-see live acts.

This tasty act brings its powerfully delicate brand of Bella Union-style beautifulness to bear on the Durham Music Service’s very own Big Band, an internationally renowned ensemble, all homegrown in Durham, and proper classy in their own right! In other words, friends, THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

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