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Home > Musicians supported for our residencies in Brazil, announced!

UK artists picked for Brazilian Musicians in Residence project

Huge congratulations to the talented music creators, AWATE, Emma-Jean Thackray and Tom Calvert AKA Redinho, who have been selected as the artists taking part in the 2018-19 British Council and PRS Foundation’s Musicians in Residence Brazil programme.

Each musician will spend up to six weeks in Brazil where they will be able to write new material, collaborate with local artists and build professional and creative networks.


AWATE, a rapper with an Eritrean background, raised in Camden, London is hoping to create an EP in collaboration with the instrumentalists, singers and producers he meets in São Paulo, representing Brazilians’ real-life stories and weaving in melodic and rhythmic ideas from the São Paolo scene.


Emma-Jean Thackray, a jazz artist and an award-winning composer/trumpeter/producer, originally from Yorkshire and now based in London will be going to Bragança Paulista where she wants to develop long standing collaborative relationships based on friendship and artistic exploration.


Tom Calvert aka Redinho, a music producer, vocalist and composer, will travel to Fortaleza and hopes to discover some new instrumentation in Brazil and is open-minded about what music he might discover there: “I want to connect with people and communities, understand, research and experiment, and let this approach guide my direction.”


Cathy Graham, Director Music at the British Council, said:

“We are now well into double figures for musicians that have taken part in our Musicians in Residence programmes with PRS Foundation and I’m delighted to see three more exciting musicians heading to Brazil for our second set of residencies there.

“As with our residencies in China, we’d probably run out of musicians long before we can even say we’ve scratched the surface of the richness and variety of the music such a vast country has to offer. It is always wonderful to hear about the collaborations that emerge between musicians of the UK and their counterparts overseas as a result of the time spent immersed in a new culture. At this time, maybe more than ever, it shows us that music has a unique power to connect people across whatever barriers it encounters.”


Vanessa Reed CEO at PRS Foundation said:

“Huge congratulations to the three very talented music creators that have been selected for this exciting project. Our residencies programme in partnership with British Council, is a fantastic and unique opportunity which has led to many award winning and career enhancing pieces of music and collaborations.

I look forward to following the progress of Awate, Emma-Jean Thackray and Redinho and the impact it will have on their careers. I’m also delighted that SIM, the industry conference which is one of our host partners in Brazil has signed up to our Keychange initiative and will be hosting discussions about female talent and artist development opportunities at their next festival in December.  Thanks to everyone in Brazil and in the UK who are making these new collaborations possible.”


Last year our musicians made Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Mato Grosso their temporary homes and worked with local musicians on projects ranging from the creation of new electronic instruments (Tara Pattenden in Rio), writing music inspired by the nearby shark-infested sea against the backdrop of carnival in full swing (Nwando Ebizie in Recife) and recording the incredible traditional music of the Wauja (Nathaniel Mann in Mato Grosso).


A podcast about their experiences is available at:


Find out more about the Musician in Residence programme