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The end of lockdown is in sight!

Our venues remain closed until 18 May when we hope to open our cinema, with events in Gulbenkian Theatre and Colyer-Fergusson Hall to follow over the summer. Please note that you can still pick up a coffee from our cafe which is open for takeaway Mon-Fri 10am-2pm.

Prensented by Melting Vinyl and Gulbenkian

Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney in Scotland, the contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist has so far explored the birdlife (2018’s Solan Goose), the sea (2019’s Sule Skerry) and, on Hether Blether, his third album, he turned his attention to the land and its people.

Melting Vinyl and the Gulbenkian are pleased to announce this show has been rescheduled to the new date of October 17th 2021. Please be assured all purchased tickets will remain valid for the new date and all other details remain the same. For further information and updates visit or join the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/664779241005956/

From Erland:
“Like so many others, our tour has moved but we are happy to announce these rescheduled dates and will play live again this year.”

ERLAND COOPER has announced details of Holm, a collection of variations, b-sides and reworkings by artists and friends, using tracks and inspiration gathered from across his Orkney Triptych – out 27 May 2021 on Phases.

Holm launches today with a track by musician and composer Bill Ryder-Jones, ‘Haar over Hamnavoe’ – https://youtu.be/DLuvdUTk5_M

“I’ve been a fan of Erland since he told me he was a fan of mine, I am however also a big fan of his music and being asked to rework such a wonderful piece of was a pleasure and an honour”, explains Ryder-Jones.

The album collection offers different approaches and perspectives on Cooper’s world, what he describes as “new shapes and sounds, but from a familiar place”, and features reworkings and collaborations with Isobel Waller-Bridge, Hayden Thorpe, Marta Salogni, Daniel Pioro, Vince Pope, Simeon Walker, Alex Kozobolis, Paul Weller and, of course, Bill Ryder-Jones.

Holm (the Norse word for a remote small island or islet) is, Cooper explains, “A collection of variations and b-sides gathered around solo piano from across my Orkney trilogy but performed or reinterpreted by various artists I admire. To me this is like seeing the form of an island reflected on moving water.”

The new album’s artwork depicts a single Neolithic standing stone from the Ring of Brodgar, at Stenness Loch, Orkney Islands.

ERLAND COOPER has announced details of Holm, a collection of variations, b-sides and reworkings by artists and friends, using tracks and inspiration gathered from across his Orkney Triptych – out 28 May 2021 on Phases.

Doors open at 8pm, start time 8.30pm

The Gulbenkian reviews

“… at once calming and euphoric, with a beauty that’s its own justification”

Uncut

“…a record of simple beauty, exploring the place where electronic and classical music can co-habit”

The Quietus

“Wonderfully nuanced songwriting matched to lung-bursting string arrangements.”

Clash

“...a meditative, transportive listening experience… an ethereal swoon which imagines Sigur Rós remixed by Bibio.”

Q

“considered, crafted and explorative of details that only someone with a true affinity can delve into. ”

Loud and Quiet

“Now, with Sule Skerry, he's expanding his palette, retaining an ambient quality, while bringing in a more epic, moving scope.”

The 405

“Nature’s songwriter”

The Guardian
Erland Cooper and Special Guest

Sun 17 October

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