(1978 - )
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, electronica and experimental rock – or as The Guardian described it “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 & Fendi fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.
Her debut album, ‘Varmints’ was released in March 2016 on Moshi Moshi/PIAS to huge critical acclaim with numerous 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 and won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.
She is published by a new partnership between Warp Publishing and Faber Music publishers, and is one of the first Somerset House Studios residents. Much to Anna’s surprise she was voted Number One in The List’s Hot100 (of Cultural Contributors to 2016).
Anna is also a regular TV and radio guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows including her role as Goldie’s mentor for the TV show ‘Classic Goldie’. She has been Composer-in-Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RPS/PRS Composer-in-the-House with Sinfonia ViVA, the classical music representative for the 2009 Southbank Show Breakthrough Award and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.
Her recent piece Connect It was written for the BBC’s award winning Ten Pieces scheme which involved half of all UK primary school children learning the piece, as well as Anna leading broadcasts, workshops and performances including at Radio 2’s Proms in the Park to 40,000 people.
Her band has a line-up of Anna on clarinet and electronics plus cello (Maddie Cutter/Gemma Kost), electric guitar (Jack Ross), tuba (Tom Kelly) and drums (Sam Wilson). After sell-out ‘Varmints’ album shows (award 5 stars by The Guardian) at London’s ICA & Scala, the band are touring and performing at numerous UK and EU headline shows and festivals throughout 2016/2017 including Glastonbury, Field Day, Latitude, ReWire, End of the Road & Transmusicales. In March 2017 the band went on their debut US tour taking in performances at SXSW, which the New York Times hailed as “sheer exhilaration” while NPR’s Bob Boilen 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,and ass and the feet”.
Other recent projects have included collaborations with Laura Marling and The Stranglers for the first BBC 6Music Prom, commissions for the Aurora Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Living Earth Duo, installations for sleep-pods in Singapore and park benches in Hong Kong and the World’s first Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.
Work for 2016 included a new piece for the Kronos Quartet, working with her sister, illustrator Eleanor Meredith, on a new piece Anno incorporating Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for the Scottish Ensemble, pieces for big band, remixes, arrangements for David Bowie for the tribute concert at the BBC Proms and film work including new music for Jacques Audiard’s latest film Dheepan.
Projects for 2017 include an installation for the lifts between M&S and Selfridges for Manchester International Festival, arrangements for Sigur Rós & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an installation for custom whirly tubes and UV lights for the Barbican Centre, and starting work on her second album.
Anna Meredith is published by Warp Publishing. Hire rights administered worldwide by Faber Music Ltd.