Unapologetically challenging the definition of modern neo-classical music, AVA are a maverick, creative powerhouse, consisting of prolific violinist Anna Phoebeand pianist Aisling Brouwer. Following the release of their debut album ‘Waves’ on One Little Indian this summer, AVA announce their first major headlining show at London’s Moth Club on Tuesday 10th December and a string of UK dates supporting Erland Cooper.
Anna and Aisling have come together to create a stunningly fresh sound that has captured the imagination of both their manager Nitin Sawhney and iconic label One Little Indian (home of Bjork, Poppy Ackroyd, Tusks). The duo combines a unique and potent blend of cinematic soundscapes, evocative and immersive electronic journeys of the heart and mind, at times urgent and bewitching. AVA is the coming together of two compelling performers.
Anna Phoebesaid “AVA comes from a very honest place and can’t be confined to the expectations of what ‘neo-classical’ means. For AVA to be a fully cathartic experience we have to embrace all our emotions. Mulholland shows our strength and also anger, whether these are personal emotions or frustration with the current political climate. When we play that’s when AVA becomes alive – it’s like a separate entity which is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Aisling Brouwer said “We wanted to break out of the idea that classical music always connotes a certain image of gracefulness or elegance and that it can be more gritty and raw. We purposely didn’t want it to feel too polished and pretty because that’s not how we are in real life. We both write and compose music for visuals, film, dance and multi-media, so when we get together it’s an organic thing for the music to naturally take a cinematic turn.”
Nitin Sawhney added “As an artist, AVA hit my musical intuition hard with a creativity that felt fresh, captivating and inspiring. I immediately wanted to lend my support after I saw AVA live. AVA has everything I look for in my own work, coupled with a conviction, emotional energy and mellifluous sound that weaves delicately between dreams and memory. Simply mesmerising.”
Both performers have achieved considerable success in their own right. Anna Phoebe is an accomplished and acclaimed violinist and composer on cross-genre collaborative projects, including poetry, dance, film, TV, art and science. She has also played around the world with names as diverse as Roxy Music, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Royal Ballet School. Aisling Brouwer is an ambient classical composer, producer and pianist who specialises in writing music for visuals, with an extensive background in music for film and TV. Aisling scored the film ‘White Riot’ which has just won The Grierson Award for Best Documentary at BFI London Film Festival 2019.
UK Tour Dates supporting Erland Cooper
17/11/2019 – Lancaster – Lancaster Central Library
20/11/2019 – Manchester – Band on the Wall
21/11/2019 – Bristol – Arnolfini
22/11/2019 – Brighton – Unitarian Church
24/11/2019 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
30/11/2019 – Glasgow – Mackintosh Queen’s Cross
02/12/2019 – Gateshead – Sage Two
‘Waves’ Album Tracklisting
- In Motion
- To Be Alone
- Into The Deep
- Deep Blue