cr-ow-tr-io – Hold Music

Release date: 10th December 2021 (CD and digital album – pre-orders from 12th November)

Album release concert: 10th December at Hundred Years Gallery, London (presented by LUME).

cr-ow-tr-io is Cath Roberts, Otto Willberg and Tullis Rennie, who have been meeting since 2018 to explore playing improvised music with interventions/disruptions. These can be composed elements, objects, texts, rules, actions or anything else, often housed on a small table in the middle of the room. In the public performances by this group so far, there have been attempts at making music together whilst being distracted by small tasks, repetitive and/or banal instructions and games of hide and seek. Vocal utterances have been heard, including gurgling. Some teeth were nearly lost through sound-making, mostly by mistake. There were bits that felt uncomfortable – but in a good, challenging way – and there were lots of moments of collective fun.

Hold Music is cr-ow-tr-io’s first recording. It was made in July 2019 when they gathered in a large room and improvised together for long blocks of time over the course of a day. Recorded by Tullis Rennie at City University, the resulting large chunks of sound were then sifted through by the trio, before being sliced and diced into the short tracks that can be heard on the album today.

The trio are performing Cath Roberts’ new piece And then the next thing you know at hcmf// 2021 on 19th November in Huddersfield, and there will be a release concert for Hold Music at Hundred Years Gallery, London on 10th December (presented by LUME).


Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Otto Willberg – double bass
Tullis Rennie – trombone
cr-ow-tr-io – pipes, bells, whistles, and many other objects
Recorded by Tullis Rennie at City, University of London on 29th July 2019.
Sliced and diced by cr-ow-tr-io.
Mixed and mastered by Tullis Rennie.
Design and printmaking by Cath Roberts.

Luminous Label 2021 | LU015

Digital album available now.