AC Projects: Beyond Borders
Mythos of Violins
Laura Cannell and Angharad Davies are two of the most exciting practitioners of the violin in the UK today. AC Projects and Counterflows see their breadth of experience and interest in such a wide range of musical practice as essential and inspiring to this new commission. Laura and Angharad’s range spans folk traditions, medieval cross bowing, contemporary improvisation, contemporary classical, pop, free jazz and other genres and consequentially they are musicians who are always challenging and exploring new ways forward for their practice and collaborative work. With the help of the PRS Foundation and all those involved with Beyond Borders, we’re now looking forward to the following new project:
Mythos of Violins initially began emerging as an idea through discussions between AC Projects and Angharad Davies about her home town of Aberystwyth and her deeply felt connections to the place even though she now lives in London. We were interested in the local sound archive of the National Library and what this meant to Angharad’s contemporary practice. At this stage we thought of a performance in the archive but after Angharad began collaborating with Laura the idea began to emerge for Laura and Angharad to collaborate on a new work that would be developed from this idea of place and how place actually affects the creative development of, in this case, music. It was particularly important that partners were found who understood the importance of this idea in relation to the development of the new work. With that in mind, Aberystwyth, Suffolk, Mull and Tyneside were chosen for their importance geographically to both artist’s ideas and also for their link to the development of their music for violin.