||BELA EMERSON : hespera
Excellent: layers of gorgeous, mesmerizing, rumbling hooks
Mark Russell, Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
Bela Emerson is a pioneering electric cellist who performs passionate, evocative and completely improvised solo pieces using live processing. Her music harnesses many different genres whilst creating noiseworlds which are all her own. Bela’s performances are the stuff of legend: spontaneous, intense, and exhilarating. She builds layers of rhythm and sound from every part of her instrument: sounds are looped, take on lives of their own, bounce off each other...the effect, as anyone who’s heard her will testify, is mesmeric.
Bela emerges from the DIY arena with Hespera, her fourth solo release – the first with BiP_HoP and also the first which comprises self-contained studio tracks of seven minutes and under, recorded by Kris Weston (aka Thrash) & Grantby.
Bela is a prolific and well-travelled performer who tours extensively as a headline act in the UK, Europe, and North America; she’s recently also thrilled crowds at Supersonic, Glastonbury, Bestival, and EXPO, as well as at many worldwide Ladyfests. She has also performed numerous live sessions on Resonance FM, BBC Radio 3, Totally Radio, and in Second Life.
In addition to her solo work, Bela has collaborated extensively with other musicians – live with Tim Exile, Sten Sandell, Rhodri Davies, and Same Actor (to name but a few), and in the studio with Gruenrekorder, Net-Lab, and Strings of Consciousness. She’s also worked with film-makers Tereza Buskova & SchMovies and dancer Anushiye Yarnell, plus created many other live soundtracks to film, theatre, and cabaret. Studio & live sessions include four with Lianne Hall for Radio 1’s John Peel, and recordings with British Sea Power, The LoveGods, and Caramel Jack. She also tours worldwide with percussion company Stomp.
If anyone really does live by those Things To Do Before You Die lists, slot 'see Bela Emerson live' somewhere into the top 50
Julian Owen, Venue magazine
A more captivating, physical performance you are not likely to see
Bela and her cello exude the intimate intensity of two lovers utterly at ease with each other
Jon Seagrave, The Sound Projector