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Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments.
Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums including 2010's Protective Displacement (Rural Colours) and Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal, 2009). She has appeared at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery and Union Chapel in London and has received extensive play on Radio 3's Late Junction and BBC 6 Music.
As a classically trained flautist, English has also studied electroacoustic music, alternative tunings and Balinese gamelan. Working without laptop processing, English uses the pure tones of concert and bass flutes alongside home made dulcimers and electronics to create immersive yet restrained textures that weave in and out of each other.
As well as her solo work, Katie plays in littlebow with Keiron Phelan and has collaborated live and on record with numerous musicians from electronica acts to folk bands.
Boomkat (album of the week) 'Absolutely gorgeous music and a big recommendation for followers of [Home Normal] and good music everywhere.'
Smallfish (recommended) 'Truly a delight to listen to and something that is both familiar and strangely exotic sounding. You’re unlikely to hear another album quite like this in the near future and for that we must be thankful that Isnaj Dui is out there doing her own thing.'
Textura November 2009 '...an oft-beautiful exercise in sensuous tone-painting that, in seemingly effortless manner, not only distinguishes itself from the competition but establishes Isnaj Dui as a distinctive artistic voice.'
Wire (Keith Moline) 2007 '...English manages to take the [flute] into darker realms while maintaining a lovely, sleepy languor.
Nils Frahm 'Deeply inspiring music from a very, very special place'
Duodecim (FBox Records) subscription series Oct 2011-Sept 2012, CD released Feb 2013
Abstracts on Solitude (Hibernate Recordings), June 2012
One/Three (Twisted Tree Line), June 2012
Circle of Sleep (FBox Records) February 2011
Protective Displacement (Rural Colours) Dec 2010
Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal) Aug 2009
Patterns In Rocks (FBox Records) July 2007
Amacrine (Smallfish) June 2007
Sequence EP (FBox Records) May 2006
Isnaj Dui (FBox Records) March 2005
'Always Close' exclusive track, Festive Greetings from Home Normal and Hibernate, Dec 2011
'The Balance We Once Had' exclusive track, Sequence 1 (Futuresequence), Sept 2011
'Swallowtail Yellow' with Orla Wren, Kanshin (Hibernate), March 2011
'Once Found', Minute Papillon (Second Language), Feb 2011
'La Porte' with Monolyth & Cobalt, Clyde Parker Project Vol3, Dec 2010
'Bones' with Andy Nice, Arctic Circle Explorer's Club series (Loaf), Oct 2010
'A Secret Peace' exclusive track, Vertical Integration (Second Language) Aug 2010
'Remainder #1', Remainders (Front & Follow) June 2010
'Daybreak' exclusive track, Panic At The Planetarium (Courier) June 2010
'Weeks Went By' exclusive subscriber's track, Arctic Circle Explorer's Club series (Loaf) March 2010
'Saying Goodbye' exclusive track, Shivering Sands and Scavenging Birds (Midwich), June 2009
'Lieunb (live)', Telephasic Workshop &rt;1, May 2007
'DulcImprov' exclusive track, Disco_r.dance Vol.1, Nov 2006
'Catoctin', The Wire Tapper 15, June 2006
REMIXES, COLLABORATIONS & BANDS
Lowered - 'Lost Seas' (Hiberntae), March 2013
littlebow - 'The Edge Blown Aerophone' (Second Language), June 2011
'Something More', EP with Hybernation (Rural Colours), June 2011
Clem Leek - 'Home Outside' (Rural Colours), Jan 2011
The Owl Service - 'Pattern Beneath The Plough' (Rif Mountain), May 2010
The Owl Service - 'Tigon Session' (Midwich), Nov 2009
Remix of 'Dr Titan', Andy Nice - The Remixes (Front & Follow), Oct 2009
ingliy spikin werld, with storyteller Guy J. Jackson (FBox Records) July 2008
Version 5 of 14 Versions of the Same EP with Long Division With Remainders (www.ldwr.net ) March 2008