Esmerine

Rebecca co-founded the minimalist, modern chamber music group Esmerine in 2001 with percussionist Bruce Cawdron. Anchored by Bruce's mallet playing and Rebecca's expressive cello, Esmerine has released five critically acclaimed albums.

 
 

 
 

Lost Voices (2015)
Constellation Records

"A dynamic nine-song collection that ranges from dark and brooding to uplifting and celebratory... Soaring, dramatic and entirely engaging."
Exclaim!

#4 Album of 2015
A Closer Listen

Winner of the 2016 Juno Award: Recording Package Of The Year
2016 Juno Nominee: Instrumental Album Of The Year

 

 

Dalmak (2013)
Constellation Records

"Meditative drones and shifting melodies of the Canadians’ strings and percussions are vamped up by an array of [Turkish] sounds...in a thrilling and meaningful conversation."
New Internationalist

“A listen of brutal intensity and beautiful celebration...At times, melodies are plucked quietly, arcing as delicately as black eyelashes, but they never deviate from what is at the center – an intense cauldron of dynamic fire and free flowing passion.”
Fluid Radio

Winner of the 2014 Juno Award: Instrumental Album of the Year

 

 

La Lechuza (2011)
Constellation Records

La Lechuza is an eulogy to Lhasa de Sela and a testament to the newfound creative relationships that she helped bring forth
snowdayforlhasa.com

"A towering achievement... emotive and powerful, delicately wrought and stunningly beautiful. The recording is outstanding... a rare pleasure from start to finish."
The 405

"What distinguishes it from so many artists skirting the overlaps between new folk and chamber music-style arrangements is the attention to composition and content. Where lesser talents are content merely to create mood, satisfying themselves with the surface rewards of alternative timbres, Esmerine wrap mood around substance."
The Wire

 

 

Aurora (2005)
Madrona Records

Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums on their own Madrona Records imprint. These albums had one foot in the new music/experimental terrain of contemporaries like Rachel's or Town And Country and the other in a more visceral and lyrical instrumental landscape, as cultivated by the likes of The Dirty Three and Godspeed You! Black Emperor

 

 
 

If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True (2003)
Resonant Records / Madrona Records