With the combined talents of Dorette Roos (Cape Town Philharmonic), Carol Thorns (Electric Cello Pioneer and SAMA Nominee) and Anjulie Nock (Cellist and Composer), Rosanthorn is a new offering on the South African music scene that fans await with eager anticipation.
This world-first all-female electric cello trio is hard at work in studio recording their first album. The result is an act that leads the way in the electric string genre.
These three cellists, although hailing from quite different musical backgrounds, share an exciting vision for the Cello – to revisit and re-position an instrument that is often overlooked.
They are, as we speak, setting out a compositional and technical journey to explore all that the Cello has to offer across multiple genres and timbres, with the help of South Africa’s top composers and producers.
Their repertoire includes recordings and re-interpretations of works as varied as Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. Anjulie Nock has composed new works such as Night Journey (with a stirring Game of Thrones feel) and an original Tango (think Scent of A Woman for Cello). The Parting, by Helmut Meijer, is a reflective, stripped-down, soulful composition which inspired Rosanthorn’s first music video (available for viewing on You Tube from the 1st Feb 2017).
Says Producer and Composer Helmut Meijer, ‘The sound of the 3 cello’s together is exquisite. This project is musically satisfying and a pleasure to record – I predict that Rosanthorn is going to be the talk of the town’.
‘Rosanthorn blew Plettenberg Bay out of the water on Sunday night with their premier performance which had the audience awestruck and begging for more! With each individual a professional in their own right, the group come across as sassy, professional, classy and damn right magnificent! Possibly a first in the world, three Cello Goddesses writing their own music and giving a performance from their hearts and soul which gave us all goose-bumps! We would love to have you back...’ Plett Music Festival Organiser, Carmen Clews
Fabulous performance this evening at the White House, Rosanthorn trio! Spell-binding harmonies, such beautiful restrained playing - I was transported to a magical place as you combined your talents to produce an energetic, emotive, wistful, and witty show. Wishing you every success in this exciting new venture - and please, come back to Plett soon! Audience member, Plett Music Festival
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