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The Divine Abstract

by Charlie Cawood

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ROWIAL This is perplexing me to ... peace*. What? An 18piece ensemble - using e.g. sitar, dulcitone, bassoon, kendang, erhu besides "normal" winds, strings, keys & percs - plays something between ±modern but un-bulky melodic chamber and multi-ethno-/world-music. First, compositions seem very easy to "digest". Then, I (you?) get perplexed by their shrewdly balanced complexities, bringing me (you?) balmy & *peaceful exitement; reliably every time I (you?) listen. Thank you, Charlie Cawood!
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Phi Yaan-Zek I've been bumping into Charlie at various gigs over the years, and talking to him have always remarked what a creative and dedicated musician he is. Well this debut shows that and more. What a stunning, and simply beautiful soundscape of delightful compositions and acoustic instrumental textures! All superbly arranged and performed, with a progressive ear for enticing melodies, and unusual instrumentation. Very inspiring and most recommended! Favorite track: The 32nd Path.
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Shringara 03:19
Apotheosis 07:15


Composed and orchestrated by Charlie Cawood

Produced by Charlie Cawood and Amir Shoat

Recorded at various locations in London and Mexico City

Engineered by Amir Shoat, Alex Fletcher, Rich Davis, Antoine Collin and Ali Hakimi
Mixed by Amir Shoat
Mastered by Mark Cawthra at The Infallible Ear

Cover artwork by Mark Buckingham; digital colour by Chris Blythe.
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released November 3, 2017

Charlie Cawood: acoustic, electric & classical guitars, Fender VI, acoustic & electric bass guitars, sitar, pipa


Katharine Blake: treble & sopranino recorders
Lucy Brown: French horn
Flora Curzon: violin
Hannah Davis: vibraphone, glockenspiel
Julie Groves: flute
Chlöe Herington: bassoon
Steve Holmes: piano, celeste, Minimoog, bass synth
James Larcombe: piano, dulcitone
Dennis Kwong Thye Lee: xiao
Nicki Maher: clarinet
Ben Marshall: oboe, cor anglais
Elizabeth Nott: darbouka, riq, frame drum
Josh Perl: clarinet & bass clarinet
Alexandra Petropoulos: flute
Oliver Sellwood: baritone saxophone
Diego Tejeida: piano
Francesca Ter-Berg: cello
Lucie Treacher: kendang, ceng ceng, gong, kempur, kenang, klentong, kempli, genterak
Wang Xiao: erhu
Ben Woollacott: drums, percussion & cymbals


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Charlie Cawood London, UK

Charlie Cawood is an English multi-instrumental musician, composer and music journalist.

He is known for his cross-disciplinary musical skills, as well as his work with a wide variety of projects and artists.

His first solo album, The Divine Abstract, was released in 2017.
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