Groundbreaking composer and producer ERLAND COOPER has announced a full UK tour for September following the recent release of his new album, Folded Landscapes.


Sun 17 NORWICH Arts Centre
Mon 18 BRIGHTON Komedia
Tue 19 BRISTOL Redgrave Theatre
Wed 20 MANCHESTER Stoller Hall
Thu 21 LEEDS Left Bank
Sat 23 ABERDEEN Music Hall
Sun 24 LANCASTER Library
Tue 26 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club

For the tour, Erland Cooper will be playing music from his new album along with existing repertoire from his famed Orkney songs. Tickets available from:

Folded Landscapes sees Cooper work through the lens of urgent observations surrounding climate change and his inherent belief in the need to come together and take positive action, creating a potent, experimental new work. Using drastic temperature changes – from sub-zero to the hottest on record – he developed music for string ensembles, piano, voice, harpsichord, electronics and field recordings, including the Californian wildfires and crashing glaciers. While the resulting album takes the subject matter as its underlying theme, it works ultimately as an opportunity to celebrate and cherish the natural world. Out of the doom and gloom, hope and beauty bloom.

In early 2022, Cooper began a collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble, a collective of pioneering musicians crossing art forms to champion music for strings, to merge music with evocative storytelling and conceptual art, pushing his connection to the environment further into unchartered realms.

While he wishes to inspire the audience to consider their role in climate change and the natural environment, no finger-pointing is intended. “I hope it’s more a feeling of inward reflection,” he says. “How can I waste less and value more? What tiny thing can I do?

For the early movements of Folded Landscapes, the Scottish Ensemble were recorded in sub-zero temperatures in an old industrial factory in Glasgow in winter, the punishing conditions mirroring the iciness of the music. By the sixth movement, Cooper slowly ramped up the temperature in Edinburgh’s Castle Studio, mimicking a great thawing process. Listen to the final movement and, while the heart warms to the uplifting music, there’s a vulnerability that you can’t quite place your finger on. Cooper had purposefully left the recorded audio on quarter inch tape bathing on his London studio roof on the hottest day ever recorded in the UK: 40.9C in July 2022.

The heat, moisture, salt and sunlight worked their way into the fabric of the tape so, throughout the album as the music arguably becomes more enjoyable, the underbelly is that it has much less fidelity, tarnished by burning with crackles and pops creeping up surreptitiously.

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