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Emily Hall — Folie à Deux

Emily Hall — Folie à Deux (2015)

              Emily Hall — Folie à Deux (20 July, 2015)Emily Hall — Folie à Deux (20 July, 2015)≡•   An opera and a concept album, Folie à Deux is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship.                     Born: 1978
Location: London, UK
Album release: July 20th, 2015
Record Label: Bedroom Community
Duration:     38:11
1. Ode to the Pylon     5:42
2. Loneliness     6:21
3. Instrumental     2:18
4. Wonderful Things     4:39
5. Mantra     4:54
6. Scream     1:24
7. Embrace     4:47
8. Ode to Nature     4:59
9. Prelude     3:07
•   Composed by Emily Hall
•   Lyrics by Sjón
•   Produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Emily Hall
Performed by:
•   Sofia Jernberg (voice),
•   Allan Clayton (tenor)
•   Ruth Wall (Harp)
•   Emily Hall (Electro Magnetic Harp)
•   Instrument/sound design by David Sheppard and Jonathan Green
•   Additional electronics by Mira Calix (tracks 2 and 5)
•   Mixed and Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Paul Evans at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík
•   Recorded by Sean Woodlock at Goldsmiths Studios, London and also at Electronic Music Studios, Stockholm
•   Special thanks to David Sheppard, Dr Lisa Conlan, Frederic Wake–Walker, Ally Rosser, Chantal Passamonte, Patrick Dickie and Mahogany Opera Group
Also thanks to Annie & Julian Atkinson, Peter Eyre, Gil Devlin, Benoit Dugardyn, André Hoffmann, Penny Jonas, Thomas Lingard, Robert McFarland, Anthony Newhouse, Declan Pollock, David Ranan, Neil Rosser, John & Madeleine Tattersall, Michael Wake–Walker, Estela Welldon and all those who generously funded the making of the album through kickstarter.
•   Folie à Deux commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group with support from Arts Council England, Britten–Pears Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Kings College London, PRS for Music Foundation and Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement.
•   With ‘Folie à Deux’, Bedroom Community introduces a new artist to their roster in the form of award winning British composer Emily Hall.
•   ‘Folie à Deux’ is a sonic voyage into a shared psychosis where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another and is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship.
•   The piece is a collaboration with Icelandic writer and long–time Björk collaborator Sjón and was co–conceived as both concept album and an opera. Hall’s minimal and intricately crafted songs in this modern folk tale are woven together for two singers, Sofia Jernberg (Swedish vocalist) and Allan Clayton (British tenor), and a specially created electro–magnetic harp. This newly created instrument uses vibrating magnets to evoke an underlying electronic presence representing the pylon — the third character that presides over this story. The result is a hauntingly beautiful soundscape which takes its influences from many musical idioms ranging classical to jazz, pop and folk.
•   Commissioned as a live stage show by Mahogany Opera Group. Vocals by Sofia Jernberg and Finnur Bjarnason.
•   The album features beats from Mira Calix, was mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson in Reykjavík and co–produced by Valgeir and Hall herself.
Bandcamp: http://emilyhall.bandcamp.com/album/folie-deux
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyhally  //  Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/emilyhallcomposer
Website: http://www.emilyhall.co.uk/  //  PRESS ENQUIRIES: KEN LOWER ken@hermana.co.uk
•   Much of Emily Hall's music is formed from close creative relationships with singers and writers and finding her own ways of using technolodgy and live performance.
•   Emily Hall studied composition at York University and the Royal College of Music, London. She has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBCNOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, Hungarian Radio Choir. Her music has been performed in diverse venues from Lattitude Festival to the Cite de la Musque and broadcast on BBC Radio 2,3,4 and 6. Her first opera, "Sante", produced by Aldeburgh Music, was described by The Times as “a dynamic new opera worth everyone's time and hopes”.
•   Collaborations with Mara Carlye, Olivia Chaney, Lady Maisery, Oliver Coates, Mira Calix and David Sheppard took her out of the strictly classical spere. She wrote a trilogy of song cycles with the author Toby Litt, about first love ("Befalling"), motherhood ("Life Cycle") and death ("Rest") and made a film–opera, "The Nightingale and the Rose", with filmmaker Gaelle Denis, written for Streetwise Opera. This year she completed “Folie a Deux”, a concept album/opera, written with Icelandic author Sjon for singers Sofia Jernberg and Allan Clayton. Also a specially made instrument, the electro–magnetic harp.
•   She is associate artist at Spitalfileds Festival in summer 2015 and and also Corinthia Hotel 2015 Artist in Residence.
•   In 2013, Emily Hall received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, in 2006 the Genesis Opera Prize and in 2005 the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award.

Emily Hall — Folie à Deux