Each Other is a multi-media work for electric guitar, cello and audio about the role technology plays in realising our innate desire to connect.
Through the musical relationships between the live performers, virtual instruments and pre-recorded performance, Each Other seeks to scrutinise the healthy and sometimes not so healthy in which we use technology to facilitate, or substitute genuine human connection.
Each Other was created and developed through the generous support of The Hope Scott Trust and Creative Scotland.
Scottish Guitarist Kevin Daniel Cahill is a graduate from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Folkwang Universtät Der Künst in Essen Germany, gaining a Masters degree in 2019.
Kevin’s diverse history of listening and musical exploration has lead him to venture into compositions of instrumental and ambient music through collaborating with artists that offer seemingly incompatible musical languages - most notably in his duo Cahill//Costello.
Kevin is passionate about the development of his own musical language through life experience and personal growth.
Canadian-born Val Welbanks leads a busy chamber music career in London as the cellist of both the Marsyas Trio and Ligeti Quartet, with whom she has been playing for over ten years. With both groups, Val has accrued experience globally and built a reputation for thoughtful performances of contemporary music.
The Ligeti Quartet is currently resident at Nottingham High School, after holding residencies with the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Goldsmiths University of London. Previously, they benefited from young artist schemes offered by the City Music Foundation, St John’s Smith Square Young Artists and Park Lane Group, and they were mentored by the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall. The Quartet has recorded for the Nonclassical and Mercury KX labels.
The Marsyas Trio is one of the rare flute-cello-piano ensembles - their repertoire ranges from the early Classical to the contemporary. With sixteen funding awards to their name, the Trio has been heading collaborative projects the most recent of which involves many new works by Michael Finnissy and a children’s radio play by Robin Haigh, narrated by Janey Godley.
Val also regularly plays with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of London to record scores for film and television, and has recorded several discs with the Longbow Ensemble (led by violinist Peter Sheppard-Skaerved) and GPlus Ensemble (directed by guitarist Tom Kerstens).
In 2016, Val completed her PhD thesis Foundations of Modern Cello Technique, codifying extended techniques for cello (Goldsmiths, University of London) under the supervision of composer Roger Redgate, and previously the late cellist Alexander Ivashkin. Her thesis has presently over 10,000 downloads, and is being used by composition teachers and students, as well as cellists interested in contemporary music, around the world.