Andrew Wells-Oberegger, renowned musician in the fields of early music and world music, is finally releasing his first solo album, Long Way Home, a co-production with La Nef, available as of May 7.
The title, Long Way Home, evokes the path that leads to one’s abode. To arrive at the road’s end, this multi-instrumentalist and arranger, known notably for his work with La Nef, approaches global music traditions without any sense of pastiche. He develops a multi-layered universe of sound all his own through his savvily selected instruments.
This artist brings a sense of creative urgency and a desire to manifest otherwise ephemeral works through his mastery of many traditional instruments: oud, bagpipes, saz, mandolin, bouzouki, santoor, flutes, percussion, and other stringed instruments. With this album, he finally places his compositions in the spotlight. Several of them have been created within the frame work of various productions of La Nef’s production such as Skin a percussion Blitz!, Mira la petite étoile, Saga and Udistik Orkestra.
This record is further animated by his collaborators: Alex Kehler (violin, nyckelharpa, moraharpa, lätmandola, hardanger fiddle), Didem Başar (kanun), Anit Ghosh (violin), Pierre-Alexandre Saint-Yves (chalumeau), Mathieu Deschenaux (contrabass), Nicholas Williams (bansuri, accordion), and Emma Björling (voice).
About Andrew Wells-Oberegger
Equally comfortable onstage and in the studio, Andrew Wells-Oberegger can be heard on more than twenty recordings with various ensembles, including La Nef, La Mandragore, ESEM, Cercamon, De Lònga, and La Strada. Five of these discs have been awarded Opus Prizes. Many of the projects to which he has contributed have also been nominated at the ADISQ gala in the Best Album – World Music category, as well as the Canadian Folk Music Awards from 2008 to 2018. His expertise makes Andrew Wells-Oberegger sought after not only as a performer, but also as a composer and musical director.
It is in this triple-role that he is placed at the core of the cast of Udistik Orkestra, a La Nef production nominated for the Opus Prize for Concert of the Year – World Music. At the same time, he has worked for several years on film music (“Metallic Blues”, “St-Tite, Far West, PQ”,“L’hiver de Léon”) and video game soundtracks (with Ubisoft and Behavior) with Robert Marcel Lepage, Michel Cusson,
Grégoire Jeay, Luc Boivin, Normand Roger, and Luc St-Pierre. And now, finally, he is releasing his first solo album!
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