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Isnaj Dui

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Standing somewhere between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments. Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums including 2010’s Protective Displacement (Rural Colours) and Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal, 2009). She has appeared at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery and Union Chapel in London and has received play on Radio 3’s Late Junction and BBC 6 Music.

As a classically trained flautist, English has also studied electroacoustic music, alternative tunings and Javanese and Balinese gamelan. Using the pure tones of concert and bass flutes alongside home made dulcimers and electronics to fuse together many styles, English creates a unique sound, infusing tranquil melodies with a dark edge. Keith Moline of Wire writes of 2007s ‘Patterns In Rocks’ ‘…English manages to take the into darker realms while maintaining a lovely, sleepy languor.

Working entirely without laptop processing, English uses acoustic instrumentation with minimal effects, building loops to create immersive yet restrained textures that weave in and out of eachother. Through intense refinement of pieces during which ideas will come and go, the recording process and live performance become one of the same with recordings often done in one take.

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