Monday 10th February 2020
+ Ryan Vail with Elma Orkestra + Frost
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £15.00 + booking fee / £18 on the door Standing
Melting Vinyl are delighted to welcome composer, producer and performer Anna Meredith with her genre-defying contemporary classical, art pop, ambient, experimental rock.
Prior to the release of Varmints, Meredith was already well known as a writer of music for other people, taking commissions from international orchestras, operas and cultural institutions, writing symphonies, songs and string quartets, exploring boomwhackers, beatboxing and body percussion, her music being heard at the Proms, in motorway service station flash-mob performances and on haute-couture catwalks. She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, regularly commissioned by orchestras around the world and the first female composer to be commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms.
Then, in 2016, following a pair of warmly received EPs, Meredith released Varmints, her debut studio album and first-ever feature-length self-commissioned work. It was a gamble not just financially, involving months of unpaid writing, but also psychologically: by putting herself in charge, and front and centre, rather than simply being told what to write, she had no-one to answer to but herself — the pressure was on. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, given Meredith’s extensive experience for knocking together fairly impressive, genre-defying pieces of music, Varmints was an unqualified success. A suite that juxtaposed hulking slabs of cross-rhythm and electronics with brittle gusts of delicate confession and irresistibly addictive pop melody, the record garnered rave reviews, and has continued to win over new fans well beyond the standard album release campaign, meaning Meredith and her band were still touring it round the world and the festival circuit two years later, culminating in a sold-out performance of the album in full at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last April, backed by the Southbank Sinfonia.
Other major Meredith projects in 2018 included Anno – a boundary-pushing collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble, in which original pieces of her work are intertwined with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – and Five Telegrams – a collaboration with 59 Productions, which was performed at the opening night of the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). Then, earlier this year she released her first soundtrack, for the acclaimed Bo Burnham-directed A24 (Lady Bird, Moonlight, Ex Machina) film Eighth Grade. The film was released in the UK in April, following its successful premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and a wave of critical acclaim upon its 2018 US release.
On top of all that, she was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list last month for services to music. So that’ll be Anna Meredith MBE, to give her full title, now.
“One of the most innovative minds in modern British music ” – Pitchfork
“Meredith and her band excel at…surprising you into hearing classical instruments anew” – The Guardian
“Uncategorisable electronic musician and composer” – Wire
+ Ryan Vail with Elma Orkestra
Northern Irish electronic composer Ryan Vail is as much an architect as he is an artist. A true world builder he effortlessly blends the realms of electronica, acoustic & classical, always experimenting and combining analogue instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.
His most recent album, an audio/visual collaboration with Elma Orkestra, was awarded the Northern Irish Music Prize for Best Album in 2019. Featuring guest appearances from legendary Irish singer Moya Brennan and Dublin wordsmith Stephen James Smith, its retelling of a world without Borders resonated in their native Ireland and beyond. A deluxe edition, including previously unreleased material, is planned for release in Spring 2020 alongside appearances at SXSW and in Mexico and Berlin, other nations dominated
by an omnipresent manmade boundary – These trips are the subject of an upcoming BBC TV documentary which will air in early 2020.
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/ryan-vail
A minimalistic, electronic dream” Nylon
“Vail Combines modern classical music and electronic sonics for a sound all of his own” Stereogum
“Daring and emotionally affecting work and deserves your full attention” The Independent
Fröst is a collaboration between Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer Steve Lewis. The electronic/motorik/pop duo combine their individual sounds to create a hypnotic blend of analogue synthesizer, heavy electronic beats and vocal harmonies.
Their debut single ‘Crackling on the Wire’ (Dec 2016) championed by Edith Bowman as Record Of The Week on Virgin Radio and given high profile plays by Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Nemone and Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music) as well as John Kennedy (Radio X). ‘Matters’ – Fröst’s debut album received great support from Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Mixmag, Electronic Sound and theThe Arts Desk.