BJ Cole and Emily Burridge
Although BJ Cole and Emily Burridge have had several of Erik Satie's Gnossiennes in their repertoire for some time, it was only when they had the idea of performing the complete cycle that it became clear that the pieces should evolve in the form of a suite, and to this end they have composed musical passages that link the individual 'miniatures' and create a sense of momentum through the whole work. BJ Cole's Pedal Steel and Emily Burridge's cello bring out a lyrical quality in Satie's music that is not possible to express in the standard piano interpretations; and undercurrents of Eastern European music clearly emerge as an influence on Satie's original compositions. Also, the idea of the individual Gnossiennes as movements in a suite gives added weight and substance to the whole, and allow a new appreciation of Satie's unique musical genius.
The ‘Gnossienne Suite’ has been remixed and remastered by BJ, and is now sounding better than ever.
The Gnossienne Suite is a featured part of BJ Cole and Emily Burridge's concert programme.