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The Cartographer

by Jo Quail

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Internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist from London Jo Quail new studio album “The Cartographer”!

“The Cartographer” is a piece commissioned by the renowned Roadburn Festival, who will host its premiere performance in April 2022 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The project, initially planned for 2020, explores the space where classical instrumentation and contemporary heavy music intersect: how classical music has a heaviness of its own, and how these elements can be brought into contemporary heavy genres.

“The Cartographer” is a piece composed of prose of 5 phrases, each phrase containing an intention for the different movements. Each of these musical phrases is pared through the artist’s pitch system and created the musical motif on which the whole work is based.


released May 6, 2022

The Cartographer - composed by Jo Quail

Performed by:
Electric Cello (Jo Quail),
Electric Violin (Danielle Van Berkom),
Piano (Floris Verbeij),
Vocal (Jake Harding),
Vocal (Lucie Dehli),
Orchestral Percussion (Nils Jenster and Vito Guerrieri)
Trombones (The New Trombone Collective - Remko De Jager, Koen Kaptijn, Alexander Verbeek, Pierre Volders, Sebastiaan Kemner, Lode Smeets, Mark Boonstra and Brandt Atemma). Spoken word written by Jo Quail, narrated by Alice Krige.

Conducted by Jos Pijnappel.

Recorded at Groenland Studios - Engineered by Hans Ravestein
Mixed and Mastered at Riff Studios by James Griffiths
Produced by James Griffiths and Jo Quail


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Jo Quail London, UK

Jo Quail is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist from London, UK. Equally at home on stage solo, with bands, or in collaboration with choir and orchestra, she combines an eloquent mastery of her instrument with innovative looping techniques, to realise her complex, evocative music for audiences worldwide. ... more


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