Known as one quarter of experimental chamber collective Collectress, and regular collaborator with the likes of Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Patrick Wolf, The Penguin Cafe, contemporary dance company Rambert and many more, London based multi-instrumentalist and performer-composer Quinta is today releasing a benefit single called ‘The Nurse’s Song’. Written as a tribute to the frontline workers immensely affected by the covid19 pandemic, ‘The Nurse’s Song’ was “inspired by a news story describing the profound compassion shown by a nurse to loved ones not allowed to be present at the bedside of a dying Covid19 patient”, as Quinta described. Nursing staff are playing a vital role providing comfort and support to patients in their final moments and also to their relatives.
‘The Nurse’s Song’ is out today coincing with Bandcamp Friday and all proceeds will be donated to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, a UK charity that supports nurses, midwives and healthcare workers experiencing personal and financial hardship. The Trust has seen a 175% increase in help requested by nursing and midwifery professionals compared to the same period last year.
Head over to Quinta’a bandcamp to hear the poignantly beautiful and powerful ‘The Nurse’s Song’ and contribute if you can.
We're ecstatic to start September with a very special selection of tunes picked by the incredibly talented and imaginative multi-instrumentalist and composer Quinta. The Quick of The Heart, her second album, is one of the most exhilarating, enchanting and engaging albums we've heard in a long time. Quinta is also part of the experimental arts quartet Collectress and regularly lends her wizardry skills and inventiveness to other projects, collaborating with many renowned artists and composing for theatre, contemporary dance and circus. So, press play and indulge your ears.
Emily Hall – mantra [Bedroom Community]
Sufjan Stevens – All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands [Sounds Familyre]
Serafina Steer – The Valley [Static Caravan]
John Adams – Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and Trembling [nonesuch]
Albert Tétard & Daniel Barenboim & Luben Yordanoff & Claude Desurmont – Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps – 5. Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus [Deutsche Grammophon]
Owen Pallett – E Is For Estranged [Secret City]
Joan As Police Woman – Christobel [PIAS / Reveal Records]
tUnE-yArDs – News [4AD]
Scott Walker – Plastic Palace People [Philips]
Baby Dee – Black But Comely [Drag City / Tin Angel Records]
Errollyn Wallen – Photography: IV. Moderato Keep Very Rhythmic [NMC]
This week saw the release of an utterly beautiful and magical album, The Quick of the Heart, from the wonderfully talented Quinta. The London based multi-instrumentalist and composer, known as one quarter of experimental arts collective Collectress, keeps herself busy with many other projects and collaborations. Having composed for dance, circus, theatre, TV and film, Quinta has also played and worked with some stellar artists, including Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Patrick Wolf, The Penguin Cafe and many more.
Like a treasure chest of songs, The Quick of the Heart is full of gems from start to finish. Quinta’s sensitivities and inventiveness know no boundaries, and we find her shining on every instrument on the record. Unlike her previous effort where strings and the musical saw were core instruments, on the new album the piano takes a central role. Quinta played and recorded different pianos and keyboards in varied places, including a pipe organ in Portland’s Old Church.
To get you enticed, listen to the radiant and enveloping album track ‘Astragal (The Most Wonderful)’. And straight after lend your ears over to ‘Blood’, a gentle and moving song offered with a video by Quinta, featuring some footage from her recent residency in China as part of the British Council and PRS’s Musicians in Residence programme.
Head over to Quinta’s bandcamp to order and hear The Quick of the Heart in its full glory.