PRS Foundation and British Council announce the four music creators selected for the Digital Musician in Residence programme
- Music creators Glor1a, Luke Styles, SHHE and TĀLĀ will take up digital residencies
- The residencies will be in partnership with, Santa Marcelina (Brazil), B’sarya for Arts (Egypt), Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (Indonesia) and The Other Radio (South Africa)
Together with the British Council we’re excited to announce that the four UK-based music creators selected for their Digital Musician in Residence program are:
- GLOR1A – paired with host organisation The Other Radio (South Africa)
- Luke Styles – paired with host organisation Santa Marcelina (Brazil)
- SHHE – paired with host organisation B’sarya for Arts (Egypt)
- TĀLĀ – paired with host organisation Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (Indonesia)
Each music creator will spend time digitally with their host organisation to collaborate with local artists, write new material and explore new creative and professional opportunities.
Glor1a is a UK based music artist, performer, writer and artist who is unconformist in nature. Her unfiltered approach to creativity builds unique stories of Black futurism and sci-fi sprinkled with new myth and social questioning. Her music is not easily boxed, rooted in RNB and gospel she spans electronica, trip-hop, noise, and punk to deliver a truly innovative sound.
Luke Styles is a British composer whose music is performed regularly throughout the world. Luke was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. Luke’s operas have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski.
SHHE is the alias of Scottish-Portuguese sound artist, musician and producer, Su Shaw. Based in Dundee, Scotland, her artistic practice is deeply influenced and informed by environment and her work often explores themes of identity, connection and the relationship between sound and space. A solo project musically but also a platform for collaboration, working on projects with filmmakers, visual artists, dancers and designers across all mediums, Shaw’s previous composition and sound installations have been presented at V&A Dundee, Summerhall and CCA/Cryptic Nights (Scotland), HANGAR (Portugal), British Council, BFI and Sensoria’s FAMLAB (international) and the Westfjords Residency (Iceland).
TĀLĀ, whose residency has begun, was born in Hampton to an Iranian father and an English mother. Coming from a family of mixed heritage meant she was immersed in a variety of sounds, from Iranian Googosh to Garage, RnB and Hip Hop. She was always encouraged by her father to pick up any instrument and just play it and this freedom of expression is clear in her production style.
Music creator TĀLĀ said about the residency,
“I am really excited to start working on projects with artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. We’re going to mix the old with the new and bring Indonesia’s rich cultural history and spirit to new audiences. My music has always been about blending cultures and sounds – I can’t wait to start exploring Indonesia and everything artists in the Yogyakarta region have to offer.”
About the host organisations
The Other Radio based in Cape Town, South Africa is a creative studio and music culture company that work in events, music retail and radio. It is a new home for globally-minded music broadcasts based in Cape Town, South Africa and they host an inclusive and diverse selection of DJs, shows and perspectives across Africa and the World.
Santa Marcelina, based in São Paulo, Brazil is is a not-for-profit association that is responsible for overseeing public musical education programs in the city of São Paulo and wider metropolitan area through a public-private partnership with the State Secretariat for Culture and Creative Economy and the State Government of São Paulo.
B’sarya for Arts based in Alexandria, Egypt is an art space aiming to contribute to the development of artists and the art scene in Egypt, with a focus primarily on supporting artists and exhibiting their art in the fields of visual art and music.
Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (PSBK) based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is a large studio complex that serves to continue the founder’s spirit as an art centre that contributes to the cultural enrichment of Indonesian society by shaping arts practice as an important learning resource. PSBK serves as a creative laboratory, gathering place, performance and exhibition space for artists from different disciplines.
Joe Frankland, CEO at PRS Foundation said
“We are delighted that through this partnership with our friends at British Council we are able to support the exceptional music creators Glor1a, Luke Styles, SHHE and TĀLĀ, with this unique opportunity to team up with four exciting international organisations. We look forward to following their digital residencies and seeing the collaborative outputs, the creative development and impact it has on their careers.”
Cathy Graham Director of Music at British Council said:
“I’m delighted we are working again with PRS Foundation to create residencies for four wonderfully varied artists in four dynamic international organisations on three different continents. We hope that during their digital voyages of exploration they will find new ways of sharing, creating and immersing themselves in new cultural experiences. And may these voyages be the start of long-term creative projects and friendships.”