The Composers’ Fund: Daniel Elms
A three day UK tour to promote the release of Daniel Elms’ debut album “Islandia”. A collection of five contemporary works, which comment upon the sea and solitude through expansive sonic landscapes that are interspersed with driving rhythms and expressive textures.
The tour will work with regional contributors (musicians, artists, videographers and venues) in Hull and the North of England to promote “Islandia” and present Elms’ music — including “Bethia” from New Music Biennial 2017 — to a larger regional audience. This will be Elms’ first ever UK tour, in which he will be performing his music alongside fellow musicians from some of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles.
Daniel Elms’ distinctive voice as a contemporary composer and prolific collaborator is captured in emotive soundscapes, which effortlessly fuse intricate orchestral textures with electroacoustic instruments and urban sounds synonymous with his hometown, Hull. His work offers intimate commentaries on the human condition, whilst addressing disparate social, economic, and political relationships between people and cities.
As well as writing music for concert halls, Daniel has a large and varied repertoire of collaborative works. In 2016, Daniel was commissioned by the British Film Institute to create a new work to celebrate his birthplace as part of Hull City of Culture 2017, for which he received the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial Award. He was also the recipient of the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund Emerging Excellence Award in 2013.