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Erland Cooper

Live from the Barbican

Erland Cooper with a silhouette of the Barbican behind him

Travel to composer Erland Cooper’s homeland on the Orkney Islands through his lush compositions - given new life in a show designed specifically for live broadcast, introduced by Mary Anne Hobbs.

Erland Cooper has created a journey through Scotland's Orkney Islands - air, sea, land, community and dialect - in his Orkney Triptych of albums: Solan Goose, Sule Skerry and Hether Blether.

His layered strings, piano, field recordings and electronics, performed by Cooper and his nest of musicians along with a small cluster of players from the London Contemporary Orchestra, seamlessly form one audio-visual piece with footage and imagery from Erland's artistic partner Alex Kozobolis for a truly surrounding experience.

Erland, formerly of The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, was due to perform all three albums in his Orkney Triptych at the Barbican this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a larger scale performance is being rescheduled for 2021

Under new guidelines, we’ve fewer available seats in our venues and thoroughly clean between performances. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household (or support bubble) and we ask you to not swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

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‘The essence of Orkney's magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light‘
George Mackay Brown

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photo of erland cooper in front of a piano in the barbican foyer

Barbican Sessions: Erland Cooper

Scottish multi-instrumentalist and producer Erland Cooper brings a tape machine, a piano and a cello together for an intimate performance in the Barbican Foyer.

Barbican Hall