Award-winning young musicians play new minimalist folk.
Arlet’s music is located somewhere between the folk club and the chamber music hall. Propelled by the restless creativity of accordionist and composer, Aidan Shepherd, it has been said that their sound brings together the primary colours of the orchestra – strings, woodwind and brass.
Drawing on the British folk music tradition of rhythmic intensity and joyful melodicism, Aidan Shepherd gives us his own unique richly sculpted and textured blend of harmonious music. Prepare to be as delighted by the freshness of the music as struck by its timeless quality.
Part chamber quintet, part folk band, Arlet could be compared with The Penguin Cafe Orchestra or Spiro of Bristol. Like Spiro, Arlet has a knack for arranging folk melody which draws on the work of post 1960’s minimalist composers (Reich, Glass et al) and which gives more than a nod to the joyous zest of Terry Riley.
Listen to Arlet here.