ANNA MEREDITH (UK)
23.8.2019 @ Helsinki, Huvila-teltta
Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable' and ‘genre-defying' and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, techno, ambient installations and experimental rock - or as the Guardian said: "majestic bangers"...
Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA, Chloe & Fendi fashion campaigns, Apple adverts, films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.
She is published by a new partnership between Warp Publishing & Faber Music Publishing, and is one of the first Somerset House Studios Residents. She was voted Number One in The List's Hot100 (of Cultural Contributors to 2016) and recently was voted No 31 in the 2018 Women's Hour Power List.
Anna has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the RPS/PRS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA. She is also a regular presenter for BBC Radio3 and 6Music and a radio and TV guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows including as Goldie's mentor for the TV show Classic Goldie.
She has recently been working on Five Telegrams, a new visuals & orchestra piece with 59Productions, co-commissioned by the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 Now. Five Telegrams was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Proms Youth Ensemble and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain both inside and outside the Royal Albert Hall at the First Night of the Proms and outside the Usher Hall as the opening night of the Edinburgh Festival. A VR version of the second movement titled 'Nothing To Be Written' is currently on tour after winning ‘Best UK VR Experience at Raindance Fetival'
Anna also recently completed her first film soundtrack for Bo Burnham's film Eighth Grade (produced by A24) which premiered at Sundance and currently on release in the US with worldwide screenings planned for 2019. Her music also features in Yorgos Lanthimos's Oscar nominated film The Favourite.
Anno, her project with the Scottish Ensemble and her sister, illustrator Eleanor Meredith, which features both Anna's new music and Vivaldi's Four Seasons was released in summer 2018 on Moshi Moshi Records.
Her debut album, Varmints was released in March 2016 on Moshi Moshi/PIAS to huge critical acclaim with 4 and 5 star reviews from press and media around the world including Pitchfork's coveted Best New Music. Varmints was Loud & Quiet's Album of the Year 2016 & won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY Award).
Anna's two EPs - Black Prince Fury and Jet Black Raider were released in 2012 and 2013 on Moshi Moshi Records to critical acclaim, including Drowned in Sound's Single of the Year.
Her body percussion pieces, Handsfree and Connect It (written with choreographer David Ogle) were featured BBC's award winning Ten Pieces scheme which involved half of all UK Primary school children working on Connect It as well as Anna leading broadcasts, workshops and performances. During the last few years Anna and David have taught Handsfree to youth orchestras everywhere from Germany, to Iceland to the USA.
She collaborates closely with her band, which has a line-up of Anna on clarinet and electronics, plus cello (Maddie Cutter), electric guitar (Jack Ross), tuba (Tom Kelly) and drums (Sam Wilson). After a sell-out Varmints album shows (awarded 5 stars by the Guardian) at London's ICA, Scala and Oval Space the band spent 2016-2017 touring and performing at numerous UK and EU headline shows and festivals including Glastonbury, Field Day, Iceland Airwaves, Latitude, Rewire, End of the Road, & Transmusicales.
In 2017 the band went on their first US tour including performances at SXSW, which the New York Times reviewed as "sheer exhilaration" while NPR described the show as "a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold...the best artist I've seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I've seen in years. Music for the head, the heart, the ass and the feet".
They returned to tour the US in 2018 including doing NPR's Tiny Desk which Bob Boilen described as "the most exhilarating [Tiny Desk] I've experienced".
They've recently been working on a Varmints + Orchestra show with orchestral arrangements for band + orchestra. The show, with the Southbank Sinfonia, sold out the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and received numerous five star reviews. They later took the show to the Edinburgh Festival and Birmingham Town Hall and are looking to tour a flexible version of the show overseas in 2019.
Anna's other recent projects have included installations for Sleep-Pods in Singapore and Park Benches in Hong Kong, the world's first Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra & orchestral arrangements for Laura Marling, The Stranglers, the David Bowie prom and Sigur Ros, an installation for the lifts inbetween M&S and Selfridges for Manchester International Festival, remixes, and an installation for custom whirly tubes and UV lights for the Barbican Centre.
Next up she plans to get back to finishing her second album/follow up to Varmints.