Nitin Sawhney at Barbican
'A Rational Anthem for a National Tantrum'
Anna will join Nitin Sawhney's line-up of musicians as he showcases a new anthem that reflects our current society. With the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) and London Contemporary voices.
Filmed for Sky Arts.
Between Worlds is a choral and ensemble work composed for the University of Kent Chamber choir, based on spectacular visual imagery provided by the research at the School of Biosciences, University of Kent.
The research, led by Dr Chris Toseland, explores Gene Expression, and is used to combat diseases including cancer and Alzheimer's. Dr Toseland is funded by Cancer Research UK. The research is the inspiration behind the 35 minute work for choir, solo violin, string ensemble, synthesiser and percussion.
Field recordings from the laboratories are incorporated into a mesmerising soundscape which forms the backdrop to stunning research imagery.
The premiere of Between Worlds will be held on 7th June 2019, at Colyer-Fergusson Hall, conducted by Daniel Harding.
Anna releases Stripes, based on her collaboration with artist Nicola Durvasula.
Anna uses voice, violin, viola, deconstructed harmonium and crystallizers to create an evocative soundscape to accompany a film Durvasula made capturing light refracting on the Ganges.
OI VA VOI
Down The Rabbit Hole
Down The Rabbit Hole is released today. Inspired by & written for the incredible students of The Royal Ballet School for a project based on Alice In Wonderland, led by choreographer Kate Flatt.
With Nicholas Holland (cello) and Francesco Lucidi (drums).
'Pink Stripe' - a collaboration with artist Nicolas Durvasula. A ‘linga of light’ captured in the early hours on the Ganges at Assi Ghat.
Music by Anna Phoebe. Composed & recorded on violin, voice and deconstructed harmonium.
Shown at the Rietburg Museum, Zurich, September 2018.
AVA In Motion
OI VA VOI
Today Oi Va Voi release their first single Vanished World from their new album, out later this year.
Strings arranged and recorded by Anna, who will join them for a London show at Omeara on 26th July.
Warner Bros. Mowgli
Anna recently worked with Nitin Sawhney, recording solo violin at Air Studios for his score for the new Warner Bros. film, Mowgli.
The film, directed by Andy Serkis, stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand. In July 2018, Warner Bros. sold the rights for the film to Netflix, who in turn scheduled it for a 2019 release.
Watch the trailer HERE.
AVA - Debussy's Rêverie
To commemorate Claude Debussy's Centenary, AVA have recorded an arrangement of Rêverie.
You can download/stream on all digital platforms HERE.
BBC London Interview
On 13th May, Anna joined Nikki Bedi on BBC London.
They talked about music in schools and mental health, Anna's latest releases including Blackstar and Waves, plus reocording violin for Nitin Sawhney for Warner's upcoming film, Mowgli.
You can listen back to the full interview HERE. (from 2:40:00)
Royal Ballet School
Anna recently completed a project with the Royal Ballet School, devising a 15 minute dance piece based on the themes of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. It was performed as part of the students' contemporary dance and choreography course, run by Kate Flatt.
Anna composed the music and also performed live alongside cellist, Nicholas Holland (Balanescu Quartet). You can listen to examples of the work HERE.
Piano Day 2018
To celebrate 'Piano Day', Anna joined Erland Cooper and eight other musicians including Neil Cowley, Hayden Thorpe, Leo Abrahams, William Doyle, Alex Kosobolis, Charlotte Greenhow, Aisling Brouwer and Jacob Downs.
They filmed a special arrangement of Erland Cooper's 'Solan Goose' - this was a musical experiment of countermelody pulled together within 24 hours notice.
You can watch the performance HERE.
AVA - Waves EP
Ursula Moreton Award 2018
Over the last year Anna has been working with The Royal Ballet School as music advisor and composer. This term she acted as music advisor for the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. The esteemed panel of judges included Christopher Hampson, Wayne McGregor, Kerry Nicholls, Mikaela Polley, Liam Scarlett and Billy Trevitt. Anna worked closely with the students and composed the music for the winning piece.
Cover of David Bowie's 'Blackstar'
Autonomy - Zion
FREEDOM FROM TORTURE CHARITY EVENT
A charity event on 29th October at The Astor Theatre, Deal. Come and support this night of music, dance and spoken word to raise money for this vital and successful charity that helps people recover physically and mentally from their sufferings.
For tickets/info go HERE.
Sky Arts - Tony Visconti
Very excited to be part of Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes series on Sky Arts. This six part series celebrates the work of legendary producer Tony Visconti, featuring unsigned artists from across the UK and Ireland. The artists are mentored by Visconti as well as musicians/composers Nitin Sawhney (musical director), Stewart Copeland and Imelda May. The series ends with a televised concert at Union Chapel.
Watch Unsigned Heroes HERE.
'WAVES' OUT TODAY
Canterbury Christ Church Workshop
Last week Papillon held a two hour workshop with the students of Canterbury Christ Church University, followed by an evening performance. Nic and I were joined by tabla player Simran Singh Ghalley, and together we discussed creativity, improvisation, performance and the business of being an artist.
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL
At the start of this year I had the pleasure of working with ballerina Viviana Durante and choreographer Kate Flatt at the Royal Ballet School, on a piece inspired by Kenneth MacMillan's 'Anastasia'. Over the course of 3 weeks I composed & produced soundscapes for the students' 12 minute piece, on top of which I performed live improvised violin for two performances at the school.
ITV 'IN PLain SIght'
In the last couple of months I worked with award winning stage and screen composer Nina Humphreys, recording violin and viola for ITV drama 'In Plain Sight'. A real pleasure to work with and play on her compositions.
Children change colombia
Papillon will be supporting 'Children Change Colombia', performing at London’s Hippodrome Cabaret theatre on 14th November 2016. The event will feature Phil Manzanera, of Roxy Music fame, Louis de Bernières, celebrated author, and Fernando Montaño, Soloist at The Royal Ballet. Performances by guest artists will include: Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), singer/songwriter Sonia Bernardo (Jools Holland), drummer Javier Weyler (ex-Stereophonics), multi-instrumentalist Joao Mello (Razorlight, David Gilmour), bassist Yaron Stavi (Robert Wyatt, Nigel Kennedy and Gilad Atzmon), celebrated actress and patron of Children Change Colombia, Virginia McKenna.
War & Peace Soundtrack
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.
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL WORKSHOP
Nic and I had an inspiring time giving an Improvising and Creativity workshop at the Royal Ballet School. The workshop included live performance and interactive participation with the students. We discussed the creative process, from writing to performance and explored expression through dance.
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DAIMLER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A great experience performing in Stuttgart with the Daimler Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Daimler Supplier Awards show.
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. Looking forward to working with Naveen on new Papillon music.
Interview on Monocle Radio
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 my bit is 44 minutes into the show.
In Continuum Remix
I want to share this remix of 'In Continuum' by Nur Orbach - Love hearing his interpretation! 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
An incredible experience playing to 200,000 people in Melpignano. Thank you to Phil Manzanera for inviting me to perform. An honour to work with him and perform alongside the local pizzica musicians, as well as Italian rockstar Luciano Ligabue, legendary drummer Tony Allen, Columbian artist Andrea Echeverri, Clash founder Paul Simonon, and flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez.
Ramblin' Man Fair
Thanks to all who braved the wet weather to watch myself and the band at Ramblin' Man Fair.
Fantastic time playing Chiddfest at the weekend - the band and I really enjoyed it. Thank to everyone who came along. Photo by Chris Pascoe.
Nines, Live at Kings Place
We have a new video - 'Nines', played live at Songlines Encounters Festival June 2014. Featuring Simran Singh Ghalley on tabla and Nicolas Rizzi on guitar. Filmed by Tim at Black Cat Studio Pro. Please share with your friends!
ANATHEMA CATHEDRAL TOUR
Here is a video with highlights from the recent Anathema support tour - venues included Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Leeds Minster. Such a magical experience.
HRH Prog Festival
The band and I had a fantastic trip to beautiful north Wales, to Snowdonia to play at HRH Prog festival. Thank you to everyone who came to the festival!
Kinetix Free Runners
I recently performed with the Kinetix Freerunners in Switzerland, Belgium and Holland at a series of private events.
One of the most captivating instrumental releases I've heard in a long time. (Oz Hardwick)
Five star review in R2 magazine.
Four star review in Evening Standard.
Q Magazine songs of the week.
Buy this month's edition of Songlines Magazine to read the interview with Alex Petropoulos.
BOB DYLAN SUPPORT
An honour to open up for Bob Dylan at Poland's Legends of Rock Festival in the stunning outdoor amphitheatre of Dolina Charlotty. Incredible experience.
Mostar Video Release
Here is the new video for our new single 'Mostar' off my upcoming album out 20th October. Directed by Inger Lise Oellgaard.
Celebrating Jon Lord
On 4th April I'll be performing a piece at the Royal Albert Hall at a special night organised by The Sunflower Jam to honour the life and work of the great, late Jon Lord. As well as the 83 piece Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann, the line up includes Paul Weller, Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, Steve Balsamo and Rick Wakeman.
Interview with Joel Gausten
'Embracing The Warrior: A Chat With Anna Phoebe'. In depth interview with Joel Gausten. Anna talks about career as a guest artist for bands such as Jethro Tull, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Jon Lord and Roxy Music, and the transition to solo artist.
'Embrace' EP out today
New Single 'The Duel' Out Today
Selections from our live set at Weyfest Festival 2013 in Farnham, UK. Live band featuring members of Jurojin including Nicolas Rizzi on guitar, Francesco Lucidi on drums, Yves Fernandez on bass, and Simran Ghalley on Tabla.