October 26, 2020


 Internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail has shared the video for ‘The Breathing Hand (Live)’.  A live performance with the choir of Cappella Gedanensis and Alicja Lach-Owsiany, conducted by Jos Pijnappel.

 ‘The Breathing Hand (Live)’ features on the deluxe vinyl reissue of ‘Five Incantations’ which is set for release on 20th November (Adderstone Records) –

Jo comments, ‘The Breathing Hand is the second track from Five Incantations, and it explores the element of Air. Originally for cello quartet, I orchestrated this for performance by the choir of Cappella Gedanensis, cellist Alicja Lach-Owsiany and myself. Poet Mohan Rana wrote ‘The Crossing’ as a response to this music. Origianlly written in Hindi, this was then translated to English and then in to Polish, and I set his beautiful poetry within the phrases of the music.  This is the premiere performance of this version of ‘The Breathing Hand’ and it’s live from Gdansk, Poland.’

The origins of the album began to emerge in the spring of 2015 during Jo’s fourth tour of Australia where she felt especially connected at that time to a vital or spiritual source, opening her mind to wonder from both a personal and archetypal understanding. Jo adds, 

‘Whether practically this was due to an intense focus on music minus the day to day existence, the remoteness of being a mum away from my family, or myriad other reasons I cannot guess, but I felt swept away by this sensation and immediately began to write what became ‘Five Incantations’. The album is a suite of interlinked movements, each individual yet essentially drawn from one theme. It has been recorded and will be performed at 432hz. Each movement describes a personal reflection on one of the four cardinal points, with the fifth aspect being Spirit.’

‘Five Incantations’ is the 2nd release on AdderStone Records which was originally set up in 2019 with the initial aim of reissuing Jo’s back catalogue on vinyl. The first being a release of her 2018 album ‘Exsolve’ which led to Jo picking up the Limelight Award at the Progressive Music Awards last year. 

Over the past few years Jo has been touring extensively across Europe performing alongside the likes of Boris, Emma Ruth Rundle, Amenra, Caspian, God is an Astronaut, Myrkur, MONO, Årabrot, Battles and Winterfylleth. Festival performances include ArcTanGent, WGT, Dunk!, Tramlines Festival, Handmade Festival, Hellfest and Damnation and two separate concerts at the invitation of Robert Smith for his curation of the Southbank’s Meltdown Festival.  

 ‘Five Incantations’ is available to pre-order now – 

To support the release Jo Quail will perform an exclusive limited capacity live streamed show from The Black Heart on Hotel Radio’s Pay-Per-View platform on 19th November. More info and tickets are available here:

Streaming tickets:

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