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The new CD, SANS Live - click here for details and to buy it


SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country’s heart-rendingly voice-like reed pipe, the duduk.

Andrew Cronshaw  electric zither, fujara, marovantele, kantele
Sanna Kurki-Suonio  voice
Tigran Aleksanyan  duduk
Ian Blake: bass clarinet, soprano sax

 Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw’s most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow, SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world, in which the four members draw deeply on their different but remarkably compatible traditions including the ancient Karelian songs that became Finland’s Kalevala, the sweeping melodies of Armenia and English folk-song. They combine to make a genuinely new music of extraordinary beauty, intensity and fluidity in which each performance is a new creation. So the band’s debut CD SANS Live was recorded live, on its December 2013 Flanders tour and released in 2014. 

"A subtle, at times gently unsettling album in which ancient laments from around the Baltic are fused with themes from England, Scotland and Armenia. Exquisite" - Robin Denselow, The Guardian

"An entrancing and majestic weave of influences" - World Music Chart Europe

"Beautiful, spacious, haunting, visceral" - Rachel Nelken, Arts Council England

See below for video links and tour dates.
Click here for SANS members' bios

 SANS on Facebook.

Tour schedules are posted below - scroll down to "Live Dates" - as dates are confirmed. And the live CD was released in April 2014 - see above.




"Ancient, scary Finnish runo songs accompanied by mesmerising nets of sound woven from zither, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara. Kurki-Suonio's voice is elemental, summoning mythological beings in a way that has you looking over your shoulder long after the song has ceased."
- Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times, reviewing SANS at the Australian National Folk Festival, Canberra, March 2013

"SANS led us into a dark night of ethereal beauty. In fact it was almost perfect night music - like an evening raga, matching music to time and place and state of mind. Quite, quite beautiful"
- worldmusic.co.uk reviewing SANS at Home Festival, UK, 2012

Here's a video of SANS at WOMAD festival UK in July 2014

More videos are on SANS's YouTube playlist and elsewhere on YouTube

  There's more news, conversation, photos and links at SANS's Facebook page.
There are also some audio and video links in the gig list below.



May 20th: Seoul Music Week, Seoul, South Korea
(Travel supported by PRS Foundation's International Showcase Fund)
May 21st: Jazztonic festival, Cheongju, South Korea


June 13th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK
June 14th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK
June 15th: The SANS Sessions, Sands Films, Rotherhithe, London, UK
June 16th: Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
June 17th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK
June 18th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK
July 7th: EtnoKraków festival, Kraków, Poland


May 24th: Hay Festival: St Mary's church, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, UK
(No - planned to re-schedule for next year)

June 10-13: Vaka Festival, Akureyri, Iceland
(changed to Cronshaw/Aleksanyan/Blake trio gig)

June 19th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)
June 20th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)
June 21st: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)

June 24th: Sands Films, Rotherhithe, London, UK
(changed to Cronshaw/Aleksanyan/Blake trio gig)

June 27th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)
June 28th: The SANS Sessions, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)


May 11th: The Stables, Wavendon, Bucks, UK
May 13th: Turner Sims, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
May 14th: West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
May 15th: Canada Water Culture Space, London, UK
May 16th: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK

June 27th: Haapavesi Festival, Finland

July 26th: WOMAD festival, Wiltshire, UK (Video here and here)
July 30th: Petworth Festival, W.Sussex, UK

October 2nd: Cecil Sharp House, London
October 3rd: The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, Swansea, Wales, UK
October 4th: Colchester Arts Centre, Essex, UK


March 11th: Canberra 100 "Back to the Island", Aspen Island, Canberra, Australia
(Andrew Cronshaw & Ian Blake)

March 28th-31st: National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia
"This was utterly haunting and gorgeous. A highlight of this year's Nash. Please come back!"
- Steve Barnes (director of FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival, Western Australia)

July 4th: Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
July 6th:
Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, UK
July 7th: Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, UK

Dec 11th-19th: tour in Flanders:
Dec 11th:
Cultuurcentrum Belgica, Dendermonde, Belgium
Dec 13th:
Cultuurcentrum Evergem, Evergem, Belgium
Dec 14th:
Cultuurcentrum De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium
Dec 15th:
Cultureel Centrum Leopoldsburg, Leopoldsburg, Belgium
Dec 18th:
Cultuurcentrum Ter Dilft, Bornem, Belgium
Dec 19th:
Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium

Click here for a detailed review of the Evergem show, with photos (in Dutch, but there's always Google Translate)


June 23rd: Home Festival, Dartington Hall, nr. Totnes, Devon, UK
(Click here for a detailed review and pics of the show)

July 20th: EthnoAmbient Festival, Solin, nr. Split, Croatia
(Videos from the show: click here and here)

August 4th: Special 'secret' show, Northamptonshire, UK
(Click here for an audio track from this show)

August 5th: Goldmark Art, Uppingham, Rutland, UK

September 15th & 16th:
Whispering Woods, Bignor Park, W.Sussex, UK
[Andrew Cronshaw, Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake]

September 26th: Riksscenen, Oslo, Norway

September 27th: Hellviktangen Kulturhus, Nesodden, Norway

November 7th:
Rich Mix, London, UK
[Tigran Aleksanyan & Andrew Cronshaw]

December 8th:
House concert, Hertfordshire, UK
[Andrew Cronshaw solo]

Photographers: Antonia Kavas, Alex Brattell, Andrew Cronshaw, Ian Anderson, Pekka Suutari