Music for Violin Alone

A 7 track 20th/21st century album (38m 1s) — released July 3rd 2020 on SN Variations

Music for Violin Alone - Aisha Orazbayeva's fourth solo album was recorded in a makeshift studio in an empty house in Le Poujol sur Orb (France) during the first two weeks of the French lockdown. Recorded both as a response to all loss of work due to COVID-19 and a way to be heard again. The pieces on the album are the pieces Aisha came to discover and learn during the two years of maternity leave. Two years of maternity leave have also been two years of creative silence, a search for new approaches, repertoire and ways of playing.

The works presented on this album have all been written by or dedicated to violinists-composers (with Oliver Leith being an exception) - J.S.Bach, Angharad Davies, Nicola Matteis Jr., Malcolm Goldstein (dedicatee of Cage's Eight Whiskus and Tenney's Koan).

The album opens with Circular Bowing Study by Angharad Davies - an extended exploration of a technique no matter how limited, it continues back through the ages with works that are filled with silence (Bach, Cage and Leith) and works with almost total absence of it (Tenney, Matteis), and closes with Aisha's own composition - broken harmonics of a string trapped inside a ring.

Music for Violin Alone is like a map of invisible violin sounds where past and present pathways are being drawn and redrawn over and over again until they are confined to a single technique or a broken sound or disappear into a total silence.

Aisha Orazbayeva, a brilliant London-based Kazakh violinist, performs contemporary works with expressive assurance and deploys avant-garde techniques that elicit a jolting freshness from the early-music canon - Steve Smith The New Yorker

As taut and tender playing works by Bach as it is deft and wild playing John Cage, Aisha Orazbayeva's violin is a sweet revelation on music from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. - Bobbie Barry The Quietus

The flow between eras, styles, and aesthetics is impeccably achieved on this subtle stunner. - Peter Margasak Bandcamp Daily Best Of Contemporary Classical

New music needs brave advocates like Orazbayeva. Do her a favour and buy this album. - Graham Rickson The Arts Desk

Stunning, uncompromising works for violin recorded on the hoof in lockdown. Quite frankly one of the most engrossing collections of string recordings we've heard for a while - Boomkat

One of the worlds most fiercely independent new classical music artists:the result is profoundly inspiring - Kevin Press The Moderns

An introspective fascinating work from the lockdown period - Stuart Bruce Chain DLK

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