“Anna Phoebe is unclassifiable. And superbly talented. And an artist without limits. And political. ... Female artistic outliers like her shatter social constructions and garner huge popularity and praise. It unsettles austere rule- keepers and/or men who are insecure about their own masculinities.”
(from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s 2020 book Ladies Who Punch)
Anna Phoebe is a violinist and composer on cross-genre collaborative projects, working across science, space, poetry, dance, film and art.
Anna's solo album Sea Souls is a Dear Diary told through the sea. The album takes us on a journey through the soul, each piece inspired by how the sea and the weather reflected the turbulent emotions of 2020.
Many of the pieces were recorded in a series of single improvised takes, and some were worked on over a period of time. Like the commitment to the improvised takes on violin, viola, piano, recorder, bass and guitar which pervade the music, this album is an acceptance of flaws and imperfection, letting go of the idea of perfection. It features a range of guests including Klara Schumann (cello), Phil Manzanera (guitar), Richard Bundy, Anil Sebastian and Heloïse Werner (vocals) , Jake Downs piano and soundscapes from Professor Mark McCaughrean (European Space Agency) and Dr Natali Fili (BioScientist working on Alzheimer's and Cancer research).
It will be released digitally and with a special edition Dinked vinyl sold through associated independent retailers on 3rd September, and on regular CD and vinyl on 26th September.
Anna Phoebe has toured the world, both as a solo artist and with multi-platinum selling bands including Roxy Music, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jethro Tull. She has performed as solo violinist on top international stages and festivals including US arenas, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival, and supported Bob Dylan at the Rock Legends Festival in Poland. In 2015 she performed to 350,000 people at the Notte della Taranta Festival with Phil Manzanera, Paul Simonon and Tony Allen in Puglia, Italy.
Anna’s instrumental duo AVAWAVES will release their second album Chrysalis on One Little Independent Records. Anna recently toured and recorded with Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement recipient, Nitin Sawhney CBE, multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper and Oi Va Voi. Anna recorded the strings on Jorja Smith's track The One from her debut hit album Lost and Found. She recently recorded with Jools Holland, and will be a guest on his next solo album out on Warner Music.
Between Worlds is a long term project using music to explore science, space, art and poetry.
It began in 2018 with a 40 minute work for choir, solo violin, string ensemble, synthesiser and percussion, written in response to spectacular visual imagery provided by research at the School of BioSciences, University of Kent. The ensemble piece also incorporated electronic soundscapes created from field recordings from the laboratories. The research is funded by Cancer Research UK and Between Worlds has received funding from PRS Foundation.
In 2019 Anna expanded Between Worlds by collaborating with the European Space Agency to compose music to archive footage using a combination of original sounds and field recordings. After visiting the European Space Agency's test facilities in the Netherlands (ESTEC), Anna took part in Space Rocks at London's O2, alongside astronaut Tim Peake and rock band Anathema. The event went on to win an education and outreach award from the British Interplanetary Society, where Anna performed her piece No Planet B.
Anna works as composer for the Royal Ballet School and has created music for several projects with the students. She co-wrote the music for WWF Climate Disaster advert, as well as scoring films including Ethel (Miriam Margolyes), Belittled (Kiran Sonia Sawar) and animated film Harriet and The Matches (Cillian Murphy and Bernice Stegers).
Anna won the award for Best Composer for her Belittled score for the 2019 BAFTA-affiliated Underwire Film Festival in London. She was previously nominated for her score for Harriet and The Matches. Anna has collaborated with artist Nicola Durvasula, scoring music for a film which premiered at the Rietburg Museum in Zurich.
Anna records violin and viola for film and television composers Martin Phipps, PJ Harvey, Flood and Nina Humphreys on productions including Black Earth Rising, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, War & Peace and ITV's In Plain Sight.
“I’m weak for string slides.” (Billie Eilish)
“I need your tones in my musical life.” (Labrinth)
“Just beautiful. Anna is a magician.” (Mary Anne Hobbs)
“Absolutely love Anna.” (Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music)
“I’m a great admirer of her work.” (Jools Holland)