A selection of Anna’s latest news from the studio to the stage. For more frequent updates you can follow Anna on Twitter and Facebook.
WAR & PEACE SOUNDTRACK
17 July, 2016
The soundtrack of the BBC's adaptation of War and Peace is now on spotify! The composer Martin Phipps is absolutely brilliant to work with - I get to bring in all my pedals and experiment with sounds and textures...and work with cellist Nicholas Holland. A real pleasure. You can listen to the album HERE
NIGHT SKY SOLO
29 May, 2016
Such a great night last night at O2 Academy Islington. Videos of the Papillon performance coming soon - in the meantime here's a snippet of the violin solo in Mostly Autumn's Night Sky.
NEW PAPILLON PROJECT
28 May, 2016
Myself and Nicolas Rizzi have launched a new project under the name 'Papillon'. It's an acoustic violin and guitar duo with cinematic soundscapes - tonight we will play our debut gig at O2 Academy Islington. To hear samples of our music visit our new site HERE.
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL
29 April, 2016
Nic and I had an inspiring time giving an Improvising and Creativity workshop at the Royal Ballet School. We were in awe of these incredible dancers and how they responded to the music, playing with rhythms, emotions and movement. We discussed the creative process, from writing to performance and listened to their thoughts on expressing themselves through dance. An amazing morning! We'd love to do more - if you are a school or institution and are interested in us doing a workshop, please email email@example.com
27 March, 2016
Wow! Just arrived back from an incredible trip to Vietnam. My first time, but hopefully not the last. What a beautiful country, such great hospitality and the most amazing food ever - can't wait to go back and play again!
CREATE FOR CALAIS
24 March, 2016
On 31st March I'll be performing a few pieces with composer and pianist Aisling Brouwer as part of a music and arts night to raise funds and awareness for the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps. Free entry with donations on the door, with music, raffle and auction. It's being held in Hoxton, London - for more information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org
DAIMLER AWARDS SHOW
1 March, 2016
Last month I traveled to Stuttgart to perform at the Daimler Supplier Awards show, playing with Daimler's very own symphony orchestra! A fantastic experience all round - more pictures to be found in the gallery.
RECORDING - FIONN REGAN
6 February, 2016
Had a fantastic day trip to the Isle of Wight with cellist Nicholas Holland to record some strings for Fionn Regan's new album. I first met Fionn in 2006 when I played on his Mercury Prize nominated album The End of History. Nicholas and I travelled by trains, cars and catamarans to record with producer Phil Tennant (The Waterboys, Depeche Mode, The Cure) in a medieval barn. Incredible studio, beautiful songs and an absolute pleasure.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
1 January, 2016
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016! I'm ready for the New Year!
Looking forward to a year full of music - in early Summer I will be releasing my new album co-written with Nicolas Rizzi. The demos are all written and ready, and now begins the exciting process of getting back into the studio. We will be sharing snippets soon! A few other projects lined up - we've had many requests for Nic and I to release a recording of our violin/guitar duo concerts, so hopefully that's something we'll have ready for you very soon. Other projects include recording with the very talented composer Aisling Brouwer, as well as continued work on Danny Cavanagh's solo album. I am also focussing on soundtrack work, so I'm calling all film makers who'd like bespoke music for their creations to get in touch. It's going to be a busy year!
MOSTLY AUTUMN SUPPORT
15 December, 2015
Last Sunday I had a fantastic gig supporting Mostly Autumn at the Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms. I was joined by Aisling Brouwer, an incredibly talented composer and pianist, playing a mix of her compositions and my album pieces rearranged for piano and violin. Definitely hoping to record in the New Year together! Joining Mostly Autumn on stage was a fantastic experience - what a talented and welcoming bunch of musicians. Thank you to those of you who bought CDs and said hello afterwards - they will be in the post by the weekend!
VIVA LA TARANTA
20 November, 2015
'VIVA LA TARANTA' CD is now out! Produced by Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and featuring performances by Manzanera, Luciano Ligabue, Paul Simonon, Andrea Echeverri, Tony Allen, Raul Rodriguez, yours truly and more! It is a selection of 12 songs recorded live during a four hour live RAI television broadcast, in front of an record breaking audience of 200,000 fans, on the night of the 22nd August 2015.
You can order a copy HERE
MERCUTIO - CAMDEN BARFLY
13 November, 2015
NAVEEN KUMAR AT NEHRU CENTRE
10 November, 2015
Last night the band and I did a very special performance at the Indian Embassy's Nehru Centre in London with flute player Naveen Kumar. It was organised by IC Filter to promote musical collaboration across borders. Hopefully we'll work together again very soon. Here are a couple of short extracts!
5 November, 2015
So Nic Rizzi and I have been busy writing new material, to be released in 2016. We're currently recording all our demos and then will begin recording early next year. Here's a sneak preview of Nic putting down some guitar lines....
MARTIN PHIPPS - WAR AND PEACE
28 October, 2015
Great afternoon in the studio yesterday recording for composer Martin Phipps for the upcoming BBC 'War and Peace' series. Recorded strings (violin and viola) alongside my favourite cellist Nicholas Holland (Balanescu Quartet). I first worked with Martin on Series 1 of 'Peaky Blinders' and then Nicholas and I went on to do series 2 with producer Flood and singer PJ Harvey. Find out more about Martin's work HERE and for a first look at images released for War and Peace go HERE.
26 October, 2015
Had a great weekend in the Channel Islands playing at a private event in Jersey. Played with DJ Carlo Rossi, was so much fun! Some clips posted on my INSTAGRAM account.
INTERVIEW ON MONOCLE RADIO
26 October, 2015
A few weeks ago I went into the Monocle offices to do a radio interview with Georgina Godwin as part of The Curator show. It was broadcast on 24th October and you can catch up with the highlights HERE. My bit is 44 minutes into the show.
IN CONTINUUM REMIX
25 September, 2015
I want to share this remix of 'In Continuum' by Nur Orbach - Love hearing his interpretation! Click HERE to listen. And if any of you would like to remix any existing tracks, send me an email, would love to hear your ideas!
NOTTE DELLA TARANTA 2015
25 August, 2015
Wow!! Probably the most mind blowing concert I've ever done - 200,000 people in Melpignano in the Salento region of Italy came to watch the show! Plus live coverage on Rai5 - and incredible performances from the local pizzica musicians as well as Italian rockstar Luciano Ligabue, legendary drummer Tony Allen, Columbian artist Andrea Echeverri, Clash founder Paul Simonon, flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez. The whole thing was put together by the genius that is Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) - I feel so honoured for this incredible opportunity. A week I will never forget! There's plenty of footage online, in the meantime here are some live pictures:
RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR
28 July, 2015
What a success the first ever Ramblin' Man Fair was! Honoured to open up the Prog stage on Sunday - it was wet, but a lot of fun!!! The band and I had a fantastic time playing our set. Love the UK festival audiences - despite heavy rain we had a fantastic crowd - THANK YOU! For more pictures go to GALLERY