Yuki Numata Resnick, violin
Kate Ellis, cello
Formed from intricately interlocking melodies that are constantly subject to subtle variations, "A new sea" is a new composition for violin and cello by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly. The music is ever-flowing, and yet as if frozen or suspended in mid-air.
Written for and recorded by the transatlantic pairing of violinist Yuki Numata Resnick (who performs regularly with bands Beirut and The National) and Kate Ellis (Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble), A new sea takes two threads of striking individual colour and weaves them to form a delicately beautiful fabric.
Schlepper-Connolly describes the influence of a nineteenth-century children’s book on the work: “In Richard Jefferies’ 'Bevis', the young adventurer sets out to expand his own miniature universe, and goes in search of – and finds – a new sea. In writing this piece of music, I thought of this story again, and how our seas and oceans are under increasing threat while we search our solar system for new ones.”
Recorded and mixed in Ergodos’ Dublin studio and mastered in Vienna by Christoph Stickel (Deutsche Grammophon, ECM), this is a striking collaboration between two leading instrumentalists and of one of Ireland’s most individual composers.
released January 11, 2019
Produced and mixed by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
Mastered by Christoph Stickel
Cover image NASA/JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona
Recorded in July 2017 at Ergodos, Dublin. Mixed in Dublin in September 2018. Mastered in Vienna in December 2019.