London-based composer Aleah Morrison-Basu started performing and composing at a very young age. For her, music is like another genuine language that enables her to express her emotions freely. She has experienced disabilities such as deafness, dyslexia and epilepsy, which have had a strong but positive impact on her way of approaching and composing music: she explores her connections with music in a more visual and emotional way. She lived in various countries such as Cyprus, USA and England and speaks multiple languages.
After studying music at the Keele University and the University of Texas, Aleah returned to England. Since then, she has composed for a number of award-winning short films, TV documentaries and ads. Her clients include BBC, HBO, Adidas, Kia, Three mobile and many more. Besides composing, Aleah owns sound studio Zelig Sound. Her debut solo piano album “Evolving Reflection” will be released on 8th July 2016.
Composer and Pianist
A Multi award-winning composer and pianist, Steinway Artist Chad Lawson topped the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon classical charts with his most recent album The Chopin Variations. Described by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as ‘the classical CD for people that hate classical music’, Chad’s music has motivated people to seek out the original composers that inspired his work. It is the perfect first step on a journey into classical music.
Chad hopes that his compositions will introduce the music of great composers such as Chopin and J.S. Bach to the Spotify Generation, and to people unfamiliar with classical music. His music is also influenced by his background in jazz, which he studied at Berklee College of Music before forming The Chad Lawson Trio and releasing three acclaimed jazz albums.
Performed in the US on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered Lawson’s music has also been featured in Dawson’s Creek, The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, in adverts for Mulberry and Asprey and on MTV.
US streaming service Pandora invited Chad to speak before Congress about the groundbreaking influence of streaming services on the music industry and the ways that people listen to and discover music.
Chad will release his new album Bach Interpreted: Piano Variations in September 2016, accompanied by a European tour.
Cellist and Composer
Héloïse Werner is a Paris-born but London-based performer, who is particularly interested in music as drama and music for the stage, experimenting with different genres and techniques. She is a classically trained singer and cellist, and read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar. Recent opera roles include Anya in Mannequin at Tête à Tête Festival Opera and The Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. As an ensemble singer she regularly performs with choirs such as Polyphony and Philharmonia Voices.
Héloïse co-directs London-based contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists) and is a founder member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, with whom she has performed at Green Note, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and Wilderness Festival, amongst others.
Together with composer Jonathan Woolgar and director Emily Burns, Héloïse is currently working on Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera about grief, which previewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016 and will premiere this summer at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Berlin-based label Neue Meister was launched by prime classical music label Berlin Classics. It presents some of the most important composers of the modern day: the old masters of tomorrow.
This new generation of composers, including Sven Helbig, Arash Safaian, Federico Albanese, Christian Jost and Johannes Motschmann represent a breath of fresh air for the classical music sector by combining the classical tradition with new, modern musical influences.
Current and upcoming releases include albums by Christian Jost, Tamar Halperin, Sven Helbig, Sebastian Knauer and Arash Safaian.
Marcus Antonius Wesselmann
Marcus Antonius Wesselmann’s works embrace mostly solo, chamber and ensemble pieces written for instrumental combinations more commonly heard in jazz. His wide range of interests has also led him to explore film, theatre and opera music.
As a producer, he founded the production company modernmusix to record and promote contemporary music. For his own compositions, he has collaborated with internationally renowned names, as Garth Knox, Teodoro Anzellotti and Moritz Eggert.
With the well-known Ensemble Modern under conductor Franck Ollu, Marcus has found a long-term and fruitful partner, and together they have recorded major ensemble works. In July 2016 they released their second album together, ensemble works II, which WildKat is happy to promote.
Composer and Pianist
Moritz Eggert is one of Germany’s most innovative and versatile artists. As the "Bad Boy" of the German music scene he is also a vocal instigator of change both in the aesthetics and politics of contemporary classical music. His influential „Bad Blog of Musick" is the most read German blog about contemporary classical music. His compositions amount to more than 240 works and range from instrumental, vocal and orchestral pieces to operas, ballets and music theatre projects. His work continues to challenge the normal image of a "well-behaved classical composer", with genre-crossing and unusual projects that often involve collaborations with well-known international artists.
Award winning Contemporary Classical composer Raymond Yiu’s first major work Distance of the Moon was premiered by the renowned Lukas Foss. He proceeded to win critical acclaim for his debut opera score for The Original Chinese Conjuror, which was premiered at Aldeburgh Festival in 2006
Raymond, who is currently completing a DMus in Chinese music heritage under the tutelage of Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, infuses his work with a definitive blend of Asian music, western influences and his academic discoveries.
In January 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu premiered a major new work, The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured. In 2013 Raymond's opera The Original Chinese Conjuror will receive its second performance at the Teatro Barocco.
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Founded by director Daisy Evans, Silent Opera is an innovative concept that embraces technology and movement to bring opera into the 21st century. Silent Opera provides a unique operatic experience to both virgins and veterans of opera. Previous performances have included Dido and Aeneas, La Bohème and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The company's upcoming production, Live/Revive/Lament, is a trio of short, operatic installations that begin simultaneously to form a cycle that can be experienced from any point. The music is interpreted through song, dance and theatre, combining electronic, live and pre-recorded music. Live/Revive/Lament is accompanied by smart technology that provides a truly interactive experience for audience members, acting as a digital programme with live video feeds of all three performances.
Tim Benjamin is a highly successful composer best known for opera, including the critically acclaimed Madame X (national tour 2014) and Emily (2013), The Corley Conspiracy (commissioned by and performed at the 2007 London Design Festival), and Le Gâteu d’Anniversaire (Opéra de Marseille, 2010) along with music for film, TV and the concert hall. He is also well regarded as an opera director, writer and public speaker, appearing at TEDx in 2015.
Awards won by Tim include the BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer’s Award, and the Stephen Oliver Trust’s Prize for Contemporary Opera for his first opera The Bridge, performed at ICSM World Music Days and the Covent Garden Festival.
Tim’s upcoming project Life Stories is a double bill of new one-act operas (Silent Jack and Rest in Peace) with words by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter and produced by Radius. Life Stories will premiere at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before touring to Preston, Halifax and Todmorden, followed by performances at the 2015 Tête à Tête Opera Festival.
Two Rivers Records
Two Rivers Records is a London-based record label which has grown from hand-delivering discs to independent music shops in London. After a steady evolution throughout 2015, they now had numerous Europe-wide releases in 2016, and are intending to continue building up next year.
Two Rivers Records specialises in contemporary classical, contemporary jazz and alternative world music. Artists include Alya Marquardt, Snowpoet, Clemens Poetzsch, Melange, Michael Chillingworth and ELDA Trio.
The label's aim is to back new promising artists and emerging genres and offer more unusual and thought-provoking music into the market.
Berlin-based label FILM presents a new studio recording from pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp, Daniel Brandt, Paul Frick and John Kameel Farah. They will be releasing their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” – with a modern approach to Reich’s original idea behind it. With their electronic club music as well as classical music background, the musicians formed “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and topped it off with sound esthetics and advanced recording technologies of today. The ensemble played from six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using his own typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist.
WildKat PR is working with FILM to promote “Six Pianos”, which also includes Terry Riley’s “Keyboard Study #1” as a worthy B-side opposed to Reich’s composition.
Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida
Performers and composers
Italian performers and composers Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida are particularly interested in exploring new combinations of sounds and genres, and reflecting on the roles of time perception, sound, environment and live performance.
WildKat PR will be working on their upcoming release, Dare Voce, on Sony Classical throughout Europe this autumn. Composed for solo soprano with electric/electronic chamber accompaniment, the album explores the song form through a variety of genres, combining traditional operatic sounds with contemporary styles and experimental sounds.