composer, performer and sound designer

Air Loom

An album of dreamlike music distilling Sarah Angliss’ work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques. Air Loom was performed along with highlights from Ealing Feeder on a UK tour in 2019.

Sarah Angliss is joined on the album by vocalist Sarah Gabriel and percussionist Stephen Hiscock. As the trio play, their sounds are deftly contorted, fragmented and recombined using her digital inventions. At the heart of the album is the clavisimbalum, a sonorous, fourteenth-century cousin of the harpsichord. Its plucked, soft iron strings ring with a rich, dark reverberance – a sound that hails from Eastern European folk and the Renaissance court.

Angliss adds voices in close harmony, recorder, theremin, percussion and the robotic carillon, an instrument she devised and built to play bells at inhuman speeds, creating a haze of delicate, metallic sound.

Sarah Angliss on clavisimbalum (Agata Urbaniak)

Agata Urbaniak

Air Loom - sample tracks