Music Department Events

Feb 9

Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert: Anna Meredith

Friday, February 9th, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm / Kracum Performance Hall
Anna Meredith Poster

Carleton welcomes critically acclaimed composer, producer, and performer of both acoustic and electronic music, Anna Meredith.

Anna Meredith

Described by Pitchfork as one of the most innovative voices in British Music Anna Meredith is a genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock.

After building an established career in the classical world and two critically acclaimed EPs, she released her much-anticipated debut album, Varmints on Moshi Moshi Records in March 2016. The critical response was overwhelming with 4 and 5 star reviews across the board from the likes of The Wire, Sunday Times, Uncut, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, DIY and the coveted Best New Music [8.4] on Pitchfork. As well as being Loud & Quiet’s Album of the Year, Varmints also won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award.

In March 2017 the band went on their first US tour including performances at SXSW, which the New York Times reviewed as “sheer exhilaration”  while NPR’s Bob Boilen described the show as “a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold...the best artist I’ve seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I’ve seen in years. Music for the head, the heart and ass and the feet”.

Anna Meredith BandHer CV includes being Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a piece written for MRI scanner, soundtracking PRADA’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, symphonies created for nursery children, music for park benches in Hong Kong and sleep-pods in Singapore. Her body-percussion piece HandsFree received rave reviews from it’s performances at Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Utah Youth Symphony, the new Elbphilharmnie in Hamburg  and even flash-mobbing the M6 motorway service station.

She is a regular presenter and guest on radio (Radio 3 and BBC 6Music) and television and her music is frequently broadcast on BBC 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6 as well as in films, installations and TV.

Recent performances at the BBC Proms have included collaborations with Laura Marling and The Stranglers for the first 6Music Prom, arrangements for the BBC David Bowie Prom and her Last Night of the Proms composition Froms was simultaneously performed by five symphony orchestras across the UK, was broadcast to an audience of 40 million people.

Projects for 2017 included installations for the lifts in between M&S and Selfridges for Manchester International Festival, arrangements for Sigur Ros & the LA Phil in Walt Disney Concert Hall, an installation for custom whirly tubes and UV lights for the Barbican Centre and starting work on her second album.

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Don't miss the Distinguished Women Visitors Fund Talk with Anna Meredith on Thursday, February 8, at 4:30 pm, in the Weitz Cinema. 

OR the Composition Master Class with Anna Meredith, Saturday, February 10, 11am-1pm in Kracum Hall.

This event is non-ticketed, free, and open to the public.

Sponsored by Music @ Carleton, Elizabeth Nason Distiguished Women Visitors Fund, Chistopher U. Light Lecturship, and Arts @ Carleton. Contact: Holly Streekstra, x4475