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Scottish Ensemble announces the release of Anno, a new recording with genre-defying composer/producer Anna Meredith.

Artwork for Scottish Ensemble and Anna Meredith's recording of Anno.  a sample of Eleanor Meredith’s cover artwork

At the start of May this year, we had the pleasure of being reunited with Anna Meredith to record the audio from our boundary-pushing collaboration, Anno – an immersive 360-degree live experience which we premiered in November 2016.

We’re thrilled to announce that the recording will be released on Friday 17 August 2018 on the Moshi Moshi record label. As well as being available on double vinyl, CD and digitally for the first time from Friday 17 August 2018, after a recording process using the unusual ‘binaural recording head’, the project will also be available in an exclusive binaural recording – allowing the listener to experience the unique spatial aspects of the piece through headphones.

The first single will be released on Monday 25 June 2018, along with the launch of a new microsite.

In the meantime, a teaser track, Low Light – Ice, has been made available online. Beginning with one of Anna’s original compositions, Low Light, it then segues into the first movement of Vivaldi’s Winter (from The Four Seasons), which has been retitled ‘Ice’, and is accompanied by a selection of Eleanor Meredith’s bespoke visuals created for the live performance.

About Anno

As those who have seen the performance will know, the soundtrack for this live experience was a new composition by genre-defying composer/producer Anna Meredith in which new pieces of work were intertwined with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

The project was conceived when Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton drew parallels between Anna’s writing style and that of Vivaldi. Already admiring her idiosyncratic writing in the pop/electronic world, Jonathan approached Anna about a new piece for strings and electronics. As one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music of all time, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was the perfect piece for Anna to work with, crafting experimental, utterly fresh partner pieces to sit alongside Vivaldi’s original compositions.

The result is a continuous musical experience, blending old and new, electronic and acoustic, ‘classical’ and ‘popular’, without distinction, as Anna’s fascinating new pieces bind seamlessly with the original work.

The live experience

The piece was first performed at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2016 as an immersive show that saw the musicians move around the stage, while specially-commissioned work by visual artist (and sister of Anna) Eleanor Meredith surrounded the audience on giant screens, providing a powerful visual response to the music. Anno then went on to be performed at Tramway, Glasgow and The Hub, Edinburgh in November of the same year.

Now, in 2018, Scottish Ensemble is looking forward to bringing Anno to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August (three performances per day – see here for times and more information). Anno is presented as part of the 2018 Made in Scotland Showcase.

Scottish Ensemble musicians performing Anno at Oval Space in Hackney, London

Listen to teaser track Low Light – Ice
Pre-order the album
Find out more about Anna Meredith
Find out more about Anno at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018