Daniel Elms is an innovative composer of electroacoustic urban pictures, created from bold, geometric patterns, and intricate orchestral textures fused to post-industrial soundscapes. Elms’ distinctive music elicits total immersion into its intimate, emotive and abstracted commentaries on humanist, social and progressive subjects. In 2017, Elms’ music heralded the rebirth of his hometown, Hull. He manifested shimmering electronics and ghosts of the region’s maritime past in his composition Bethia and created a spectral mist through which cut the carillon bells of Hull Minster during PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial at Hull City of Culture 2017 — commissioned by the British Film Institute.
The boiling social tensions of 2018 were captured by Elms in the engrossing, monolithic 100 Demons, which was commissioned by Manchester Collective. The piece toured throughout the UK and was the first work in a series that Elms created for the burgeoning contemporary music group.
In 2019, Elms will release his debut album Islandia through Brooklyn-based label New Amsterdam Records — a label dedicated, like Elms, to transcending traditional and outdated genre distinctions. The album was first sketched at the former home of Imogen Holst in Autumn 2015, courtesy of the Britten-Pears foundation, and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in June 2017.
Elms’ music has been performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, King’s Place, the White Hotel, the Stoller Hall, Penny Red Arts and Cobalt Studios. Performers of Elms’ music include Richard Harwood, Peter Gregson, Joby Burgess, Manchester Collective, the Jubilee Quartet; members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Welsh National Opera. Broadcasters of Elms’ music include BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Unclassified, Hulu, Netflix, BBC Television, Sky and FX.
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