Embedded Autumn 2013

Embedded composer in residence
Produced by: 
Sound and Music / The Opera Group / Somerset House / Huddersfield University

For this season's Embedded we are delighted to be working with four new partners; Southbank Centre, Somerset House, The Opera Group and the British Music Collectiom.

We are pleased to announce the following residencies for Autumn 2013:

Soosan Lolavar and Mark Carroll with Southbank Centre
Jacob Thompson-Bell with Somerset House
Jamie Man and Ergo Phizmiz with The Opera Group 
Martin Scheuregger with the British Music Collection at Huddersfield University

Embedded is a Sound and Music artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Embedded places a selection of artists from a range of disciplines into real-world artistic contexts with leading national creative organisations. Aimed at talented artists at an early stage in their career, Embedded is a bespoke programme, providing practical hands-on experience and significant creative opportunities.



Soosan Lolavar and Mark Carroll with Southbank Centre

soosan lolavarSoosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer, sound artist and educator who works in both electronic and acoustic sound and across the genres of concert music, contemporary dance, installation, film, animation and theatre.

In 2013, she received funding from Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation to pursue ‘Stay Close’, a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. In 2012 she won the John Halford Prize for Composition awarded by Ian Pace and was selected as part of the Adopt a Composer scheme funded by PRS for Music Foundation and run by Making Music, in partnership with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.

She holds degrees in Social and Political Sciences (University of Cambridge), Musicology (University of Oxford) and Composition (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and her research interests include the politics of gender and sexuality, post-colonialism and the music industry and postmodernism in electronic musics. She has worked as an Assistant Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, leading a course on music, gender and sexuality and at City Lit Adult Education college where she teaches: music appreciation; music analysis and criticism; and opera appreciation for beginners.

mark carroll

Mark Carroll writes music for instruments, or sometimes with a computer. His music has at times a strong sense of narrative, and has been described as “exciting”, “sinister”, “humourous”, and “completely original”. It always focuses on creating a moving experience for the listener and an enjoyable if challenging experience for the performer. All other concerns are secondary, and Mark qualifies this by saying that music is simply a set of instructions and triggers for recreating these experiences.

His influences are wide-reaching: Ligeti, Sciarrino, Kagel and Wolpe stand with not only Débussy, Satie, Shostakovich and Chopin but also Prince, Dave Brubeck and Norwegian black metal. Mark tries to stand back and let all his influences steer the music as they see fit, and his ideal mode of composing would allow them to find their own balance and merge unconsciously into something unique.

Mark is currently supervised by Richard Rijnvos, and is particularly interested in the use of space, and the phenomenology of music. When not composing or teaching the cello, Mark is probably trying to put the cafetière back together. Or getting inspiration from Twin Peaks.

Jacob Thompson-Bell with Somerset House

jacob thompson bellJacob Thompson-Bell is a composer whose music explores ideas of reusing and recycling. His work spans contemporary classical, experimental and visual arts practices, often using visual imagery in parallel with musical performance. 
Jacob is currently resident in Lancashire as part of Leaping Out, a collaborative initiative for combined arts (2013/14). Jacob's works have been performed by VISTA Trio, Lontano, RNCM Symphony Orchestra and more whilst his visual work has been exhibited in association with Blank Media Collective, Rochford Arts and Talk with LEAP. 
Jacob also collaborates widely with other artists – his pieces have been recreated through the lens of video artists Belinda Ackermann and Debra Fear, rebuilt by visual artists Debbie Sharp, Joanne McClung and Hayley Andrew; and danced around by Johan Stjernholm, Helen Gould, Julie Havelund, Sabrina Kelly, Vanessa Downie and others. 
Jacob is a co-founder and director of Collectives and Curiosities, a cross-arts collaborative group exploring creative connections between media through site-specific work. Recent projects include || : figure refraction ground : || an audio-visual installation at BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, funded by the RNCM; and a project as part of a LSO Soundhub residency 2012 – 2013.

Jamie Man and Ergo Phizmiz with The Opera Group 


Jamie ManBritish conductor and composer Jamie Man (born 11 July 1987, London) began her musical life as a pianist and was first guided into conducting by Jorma Panula. Other most notable influences on Jamie's conducting life include Oliver Knussen who she  assisted in Aldeburgh and Bernard Haitink who she first met in 2010.
Jamie was founder of the Birmingham Sounds Free Project (2009) and in 2010 won the Britten- Pears Conductor Bursary (UK). Conducting highlights in the UK have included  appearances at the Aldeburgh Music Festival (BBC Radio 3 Debut) and at 'Yellow Lounge' at the Old Vic Tunnels (London). Jamie is currently working with Romain Bischoff in De Nederlandse Opera's production of Claude Vivier's Kopernikus.
In the UK Jamie's work has been presented at venues including the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre (London), Purcell Room (London) and Snape Maltings (Suffolk) where her first chamber opera SATYRS with libretto by Toby Litt  was staged after development on the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme. Jamie has also created work with the Eric Ericson Kammarkör (Stockholm), Orkest de ereprijs (Apeldoorn), Xenon Ensemble (Berlin) and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble (Amsterdam).


ergo phizmizErgo Phizmiz is one of the most productive artists in the world. Over the past 13 years he has created a body of work of hundreds of hours across theatre, songwriting, text, electronic music, collage exhibitions, installations, opera, video, and radioplays that has constantly defied categorisation and been performed or broadcast all over the world.
His work has included "The Faust Cycle" (a 15 hour audio adventure); "M: 1000 Year Mix" (a collage spanning a millennium), unique operas, songwriting albums, cover-versions of music by Beyonce, the Velvet Underground, Aphex Twin, and the Pet Shop Boys, and award-winning radioplays.
Places that have presented Ergo Phizmiz's work include BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Tete a Tete, Channel 4 television, WDR3, , WFMU, Resonance FM,  the Royal Festival Hall, and Tate Modern. Record labels that have released his music include Care in the Community Recordings, UpItUp Records andTouch.
Ergo has been a prominent figure in the Creative Commons music world for almost ten years, and has given away vast troves of his work online, which has become very popular with video-makers internationally (Youtube alone now features over 1500 videos with Ergo Phizmiz music). He has also composed film and television scores for Vicki Bennett / People Like Us, Christian Marclay, and Frankie Boyle.
The work of Ergo Phizmiz is characterised by restless change and playful toying with history, art, music, science, and the limits between creativity and charlatanism, copyrights and copywrongs, words and music. He lives in Bridport, UK

Follow Ergo's residency via: http://mozartplaysbilliards.blogspot.co.uk

Martin Scheuregger with the British Music Collection at Huddersfield University

martin scheuregger

A composer and analyst, Martin is interested in the convergence of these disciplines, the way they inform each other, and the possibilities they create for engaging audiences with contemporary music. 
Martin is joint Artistic Director of chamber ensemble Dark Inventions(http://darkinventions.co.uk), who recently premiered and recorded his work ‘Black Swans’. The group undertakes a tour of the North of England in Spring 2014 supported by Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator scheme.
Recent performances have included ‘And his dark secret’, by Orkest De Ereprijs (Apeldoorn, February 2013; Gaudeamus Music Festival, Utrecht, September 2013); ‘In that solitude’ for violin and piano (premiere and recording in March 2013; performed in Australia, May 2013); the premiere of ‘Do not keep silent’ for solo piano and chamber orchestra in June 2013 (the 2012 Jack Lyons Commission).
Martin is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of York, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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