the holding breath

by Sylvia & I

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Limited edition yellow cassette in an o-card cover, with photography by Sylvia Hallett and Chris Dowding. Only 50 copies available

    Includes unlimited streaming of the holding breath via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Sylvia & I is the duo of Chris Dowding and Sylvia Hallett.

They have performed over the last two years at improvised music nights and venues such as Hundred Years Gallery, The Klinker and Flimflam (all in London), and recorded most of this album at iklectik. The album includes a live recording from Hundred Years Gallery.

The duo explores dreamy soundscapes and overlapping loops, with both Chris and Sylvia using looping pedals and other electronics.

We hope you enjoy the album.


released June 24, 2018

Recorded by Jeff Ardron (Saint Austral Sound) at iklectik on 24th April 2017. 'first breath' recorded live at Hundred Years Gallery on 21st January 2017, recorded by Graham MacKeachan.

Produced by Sylvia Hallett & Chris Dowding and mixed and mastered by Sylvia Hallett. Photography by Sylvia Hallett and Chris Dowding and design by Chris Dowding and Oliver Payne.

Sylvia & I are:

Chris Dowding - trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics
Sylvia Hallett - violin, voice, bicycle wheel, saw & electronics

With thanks to Graham MacKeachan, Oliver Payne and Max Hallett


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Sylvia & I Norwich, UK

Sylvia & I are the duo of Sylvia Hallett and Chris Dowding, from London and Norwich respectively.

Dreamy soundscapes and overlapping loops evolving out of a meeting place between folk and jazz backgrounds...

Violin, piccolo trumpet, saw, flugelhorn, bicycle wheel, Bb trumpet, pedals, electronics and more....
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