Erland Cooper was the bandleader of The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival. Having grown up on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, Erland started writing his solo project as a gentle response to ease anxiety and claustrophobia working in a city. Exploring a balance between ambient, alternative, classical and electronic music, Erland is creating a fusion of balance and calm for him and the listener.
Rich in folklore, music, myth and mythology, Orkney also has strong Scandinavian influences that are echoed and layered throughout the arrangements.
The Last Dinosaur
Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden started The Last Dinosaur in 2006 after a bout of severe friendship. Shortly afterwards violist Rachel Lanskey joined and late night experimenting on a multitrack recorder produced the recordings that would become 2010's Hooray! For Happiness, an album that The Line of Best Fit called "One of the most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year."
Shortly before Hooray! for Happiness was released Jamie began work on follow up The Nothing, a collection of songs about mortality and coming to come to terms with the loss of a close friend after a severe car accident that happened during his teenage years.
After seven years in the works the album was finally released in the summer of 2017 by Naim Records to critical acclaim.
Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences.
Born in 1980 and raised in Belfast, Cooper pursued music as well as science, earning a PhD in computational biology in 2008, while crystallizing his complex yet melodic sound, and his impressive run of singles dating back to 2007.
In 2014, he released his debut Human, then Emergence in 2017, zoomed out to look at the building blocks that make up the world around us. Involving collaborations with mathematicians, scientists and visual artists.
2018 sees the release of Cooper’s third studio album 'One Hundred Billion Sparks' in which he interrogates notions of identity whilst profiling the complex mechanisms that make us all wonderfully unique.
Neil Cowley is a contemporary jazz pianist whose previous incarnations include Fragile State, the Green Nuns of the Revolution, and the Neil Cowley Trio.
Neil creates deeply engaging, and dynamic music that journeys between poetic and poignant, pomp and splendour to powerful rip-roaring riffs. It is instrumental music that references Debussy and Steve Reich as much as Spiritualized and Arcade Fire, and is powerful enough to break down standard perceptions of genre. It’s sheer emotion and energy touch lovers of all music.
Paddy Mulcahy is a composer/producer from Limerick City, Ireland.
Although classically trained in piano from the age of 5, Paddy soon sought out his own styles through his various experiments with electronic music in recent years.
In 2014, Paddy released a 4track EP entitled Memory Season, followed by a piano performance at the launch of Nils Frahm's 'SHEETS EINS' book. In January of 2015, he played support to Lubomyr Melnyk on his first Irish performance.
The composer's music has featured at Cannes Film Festival, London Surf Film Festival, Newport Beach Festival, London Fashion Week & dozens of other events and venues.
Patrick is an Emmy nominated composer known for blurring the boundaries between orchestral and electronic sounds.
Coming from a film composition background, Patrick has always been fascinated by the transportive power of music. Inspired by his childhood home in Sweden, his debut album is a cinematic journey that explores the parallels and interplay between human nature and the natural world.
His film scoring work includes writing music for Academy Award and BAFTA nominated feature documentary 'Virunga' and Academy Award winning Netflix Short Documentary 'The White Helmets' for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Most recently, Patrick composed additional music for the record-breaking TNT television series THE ALIENIST starring Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning.
Born and raised in Uppsala, Sweden, Peter Sandberg is a composer who has crafted an international reputation creating music for television and commercials from Discovery and Netflix, to Volvo and Tesla.
Working out of a small studio in his backyard, Peter is a multi-instrumentalist, whose work is predominantly piano based, but also features guitars, synthesisers and “all kinds of fretted instruments”.
The grace and elegance of Peter’s compositions are informed by a restlessness of spirit that saw him take up the piano, aged twelve, and finally find a way to channel the “undrainable source of energy” that had earned him the label of a problematic child. Peter’s ADHD allowed him to hyperfocus, finding the stillnesss and calm so evident in the music he now creates.
Today, Peter’s restlessness is in the service of his constant evolution as a musician and composer, whether it’s experimenting with his new Una Corda piano, or realising his goal of learning the violin. Much of Peter’s work has a soothing, restorative quality, yet his upcoming album, Motion, is explicitly informed by a lifetime of slowing things down towards a meditative stillness that turns his music towards the ambient and textural.
Stray Ghost is the pseudonym of Anthony Baden Saggers, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Brighton.
During a highly prolific decade of music making, Stray Ghost has released albums on a variety of labels, self-released several ambitious projects and featured on compilations alongside artists such as Peter Broderick and Nils Frahm.
Despite having no formal or classical training, Stray Ghost creates elegant soundscapes capable of affecting an immediate emotional connection with the listener. From the earlier ambient minimalism of Nothing But Death, through the contemporary pastoral sound of Those Who Know Darkness, See The Light and So Much To Remember, So Much To Forget up to his current piano-led work A Shade Under Thirty, Stray Ghost is a restless spirit, his music evolving in texture and scope, exploring global and social issues with a personal, intimate resonance.