OSCILANZ is a new trio formed of Charles Hayward (This Heat, About Group), Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef, Some Truths) and Laura Cannell (Horses Brawl, LCAB duo). They came together in 2013 with the intention of interpreting the music of Hildegard Von Bingen, a 12th century nun and mystic, a herbalist and inventor of her own language, who was also a prolific composer of some very beautiful pieces of music.
The group started off using very small fragments, sometimes runs of only 3 or 4 notes, as a basis for improvisations, bypassing any ideas of correct ways of performance and instead connecting with the spirit and the magic of the music, in a very subconscious and non-verbal way. The melodies took on a life of their own and Oscilanz was born. Trombone, drums, violin, recorders, voices and electronics all blend together to produce something beguiling and hard-to-pin down.
The word Oscilanz is taken from the Lingua Ignota, the language Hildegard invented. It means ‘October’.