Friday 3rd March 2006
Her unique musical vision reaches its full flowering on her
self-composed Decca debut solo album ‘Poison Sweet Madeira’, an audacious mix of
different styles and influences given purpose and unity by her extraordinary violin
While studying History and Russian at Oxford University, Sophie not only DJ’d
drum’n'bass, but also developed a passion for other kinds of music such as Russian,
klezmer, East European and gypsy styles. Sophie’s experiences led in 1999 to her
becoming a founder member of Oi Va Voi, “one of the most exciting bands in Britain
today” (Daily Telegraph). Famed for their live appearances and Sophie’s on-stage
pyrotechnics (one critic dubbed her ‘the Keith Richards of the violin’), the band’s
debut album ‘Laughter Through Tears’ received rave reviews, was voted in the top 10
albums of 2004 by the New York Times, and won them two nominations in BBC Radio 3′s
annual awards for world music.
Sophie became increasingly in-demand, lending her violin playing to the likes of
Rufus Wainwright, Heather Nova and Theodor Bikel and collaborating with Canadian
hip-hop producer So-called on the album ‘Solomon & Socalled’s HipHopKhasene’
(released on the German-based Piranha label) which won the German Record Critics’
Award for Album of the Year 2004. A solo career which tied together her diverse
musical interests was the next logical step.
CPL would like to extend an invite to you all to join us at the ABC tonight
for Sophie’s first solo Glasgow gig tomorrow night at the ABC. Please send guest
list requests to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on the day of the show.
Contact: CPL Entertainment Group Limited, 21 Sandyford Place, Glasgow, G3 7NG
Tel +44 141 572 1120 Fax +44 141 572 1121