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Biography

  • Born

    18 April 1949 (age 70)

Andrew Cronshaw (born 18 April 1949) is a British multi-instrumentalist and producer/leader of the Finnish/Armenian/British band SANS. Among the instruments he plays is a 74-stringed electrified chord zither, a marovantele (a 44-stringed double-sided kantele of his own devising), a wide range of wind instruments including fujara (a 180cm-long Slovakian shepherd's three-hole whistle generating shivering breathy harmonics) and ba-wu (a seductive-toned brass-reeded instrument from China's Yunan province), and other non-mainstream instruments.

His performing and recording career began in the early 1970s, and since then he has released nine solo albums, and, most recently, two albums by the band that he leads, SANS, which features Finnish singer and kantele player Sanna Kurki-Suonio, Armenian duduk player Tigran Aleksanyan, with whom he’s worked since 2006, and decades-long collaborator British/Australian reeds player and multi-instrumentalist Ian Blake. In the course of recording the latest SANS album, Kulku (2018), the line-up has grown to a five-piece with the addition of a second Finnish singer and kantele player, Sanna’s daughter Erika Hammarberg

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