Institute 193

Sound: Anna + Elizabeth


Anna + Elizabeth

The Invisible Comes to Us

Institute 193 is pleased to announce the release of Anna and Elizabeth's The Invisible Comes to Us, produced by Smithsonian Folkways in collaboration with Institute 193. Copies of both the vinyl record and cd are available now at the gallery and in our online shop.

Anna & Elizabeth’s The Invisible Comes to Us taps into their imagination-fueled arsenal to present an extraordinary work of unique, genre-bending storytelling and sonic exploration. Praised by many well-known musicians and widely loved for their moving minimalist arrangements, Anna & Elizabeth pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Co-producer Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic) and legendary avant-rock drummer Jim White (The Dirty Three, Xylouris White) assist in the duo’s vision of breathing life and new perspective into the crackling and disintegrating recordings and artifacts of the past. Rarely does an album based on traditional folk music resonate so strongly in modern times.

Institute 193 and Anna & Elizabeth have a long history of collaboration. For this particular project: Robert Beatty, John Cohen, and Carly Schnur partnered with Anna and Elizabeth to create an album that reflects the evolution of the duo's complex sound.