Country : UK Label : Cantaloupe Music Genres and styles : Contemporary / Minimalist Year : 2023

Rakhi Sing – Purnima

· by Frédéric Cardin

Rakhi Sing is a British composer, violinist and founder of the excellent Manchester Collective, a young and daring chamber orchestra that is redefining the live experience of classical and contemporary music. In Montreal, Collectif9 is a close spiritual cousin.

Sing has just released Purnima, a highly personal album in which she is performer (and composer of one piece), in a programme of eight works by composer friends (Alex Groves, Emily Hall, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe). While the violin is central to the approach of the works on the programme, electronic music is also very much in evidence, either as a panoramic atmosphere or more obviously through a synth-pop-inspired pulse. The album is  a benevolent contemporary minimalism, infused with ambient, reverberating electro and, as mentioned above, synthpop. Alex Grove’s Trace I, Sing’s Sabkha and Emily Hall’s Outshifts are from the former, while the playful beats, stylish bass and elegant glitch of Michael Gordon’s Tinge are from the latter. Another Gordon piece, Light is Calling, a sort of digital-acoustic dream journey, is a kind of Arvo Pärt remixed by Thriftworks.

But the centrepiece of the album is Julia Wolfe’s LAD. It’s the most demanding piece (and the longest too, at 17 minutes) on the album. Rising, multi-tracked glissandos superimpose and add up until they meet in a major unison. This serves as a springboard for appogiatura melodic motifs that resonate like multiple bagpipes in solemn procession, eventually metamorphosing into a dignified Scottish jig, albeit a rather ghostly one, embraced as it is in a veil of undulating, enveloping vibrations inherited from the preceding unison chord. This is no coincidence: LAD is first and foremost a piece written for nine bagpipes! The arrangement made here for a single violin that performs all the voices is monumental and very impressive. I suspect Hans Zimmer drew inspiration from it in his Dune soundtrack, where the Atreides’ solemn arrival on Arrakis (Dune) is accompanied by a contemporary-sounding choir of bagpipes. The piece ends abruptly, with increasingly dissonant flights from the violin, shaking the tonal solidity of the chord held and maintained in the background. Wow!

This is contemporary music rooted in our times and in the return of a proudly displayed and, above all, renewed tonality.

Latest 360 Content

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Canicule – BOYZ

Canicule – BOYZ

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Tolemn – Jango

Tolemn – Jango

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Orkestar Kriminal – Originali

Orkestar Kriminal – Originali

Simon Denizart – Piece of Mind

Simon Denizart – Piece of Mind

Jean Jean Roosevelt – Libres ensemble

Jean Jean Roosevelt – Libres ensemble

Single of The Day – “False East” – Mr. Roswell’s Neighborhood

Single of The Day – “False East” – Mr. Roswell’s Neighborhood

Permanent Moves – Don’t Forget Us

Permanent Moves – Don’t Forget Us

Single of the Day – “The Vampire” – Tanz Akademie

Single of the Day – “The Vampire” – Tanz Akademie

Isabella D’Éloize Perron – Conquering America with Vivaldi and Piazzolla

Isabella D’Éloize Perron – Conquering America with Vivaldi and Piazzolla

Subscribe to our newsletter