London-based Composer Michael Csányi-Wills drew inspiration for the concept album from the work of Italian sculptor Lella Russo whose exhibition ‘Aura’ drew international recognition for her extraordinary sculptures that mould coconut fibre, driftwood and brass into living anatomy, transcending the physical and using nature’s elements to express the soul.
Michael began working with renowned jazz saxophonist, and Lella’s husband, Patrick Clahar in 2017 on several ideas that combined their musical experience of the sculptures and these ideas were infused with Eastern elements and rhythms when the pair were joined by their good friend and extraordinary Tabla soloist Alok Verma.
’Nightwalker’, a more nostalgic piece inspired by Lars Danielsson’s ‘Suffering’, features cellist Nunziatina Del Vecchio.
“Lella Russo is a transformative artist whose work always takes an investigative pathway toward a universal truth. She is an alchemist who can reanimate what seem unusual materials into a new paradigm that leaves you appreciating the wonder of possibility.”
– Julian Joseph, British Jazz Pianist, Composer and Broadcaster
“Lella’s sculptures are born of a passionate and courageous conversation between her hands and the essential qualities of the natural materials which inspire her work.”
– Susan Holliday
Aura is available to download and stream across all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.