Image Description: A background photo of a hand operating a synthesizer. This photo is from the UK/ID Festival.
Image Description: A background photo of a hand operating a synthesizer. This photo is from the UK/ID Festival.  ©

Photo by British Council UK/ID Documentation Team.

We are delighted to be welcoming eight talented music creators from Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, and the UK to our largest ever -- and first fully digital -- edition of Musicians in Residence, in partnership with PRS Foundation.

Musicians in Residence 2022 sees music creators virtually embedded with creative organisation in eight different cities in Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa and the UK.

The residencies offer the opportunity for each musician to create original work, build networks, reach new audiences and explore the different cultural influences in another country. 

Through working closely with their host organisation, they will connect music scenes and communities. Each artists will be documenting their residency online and will share some of their work at the end of their time. 

Let's get to know them!

TĀLĀ (UK), hosted by Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

TĀLĀ was born in Hampton to an Iranian father and an English mother. Coming from a family of mixed heritage meant she was immersed in a variety of sounds, from Iranian Googosh to Garage, RnB and Hip Hop. She was always encouraged by her father to pick up any instrument and just play it and this freedom of expression is clear in her production style.

Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (PSBK), based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is a large studio complex that serves to continue the founder's spirit as an art centre that contributes to the cultural enrichment of Indonesian society by shaping arts practice as an important learning resource. PSBK serves as a creative laboratory, gathering place, performance and exhibition space for artists from different disciplines. PSBK presents works of emerging artists, facilitates artistic investigation and professional development, and devises programs that increase community engagement and networking with the arts.

"I am really excited to start working on projects with artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. We’re going to mix the old with the new and bring Indonesia’s rich cultural history and spirit to new audiences. My music has always been about blending cultures and sounds – I can’t wait to start exploring Indonesia and everything artists in the Yogyakarta region have to offer.  " - TĀLĀ

Rani Jambak (Indonesia), hosted by hcmf// in Huddersfield, UK

Rani Jambak is a Medan-based composer, producer, and vocalist. After completing a Master of Creative Industries at the Macquarie University, Australia, she began her solo career, spearheading projects such as “Medan Soundspectives”, a cultural festival celebrating the acoustic diversity of Medan, and working for Goethe Institut Singapore for “Sound of X”. Her musical pieces are often about the social-cultural voices and the relationship between humans and their ancestors.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) is the UK’s largest festival of new and experimental music, taking place each November with over 50 performances, installations, exhibitions, talks and workshops. With diverse, international programming, hcmf// presents unique artistic work to wide-ranging audiences, while providing the local community with innovative creative opportunities.

"In my opinion, Huddersfield is an interesting town because of its various historical stories that I think are exemplary. Huddersfield is a rapidly growing town, industrially. And even in their capacity as an industrial center, the town manage to ensure that their historical buildings are well-preserved." - Rani Jambak

Get to know the rest of the residents who will collaborate with 6 other hosts globally, below.

Image Description: [Left to right] Tala sitting on a sofa with her left leg stepped on the sofa with her left arm resting on her left knee.; A statue of artist Bagong Kussudiardja, sitting in the middle of PSBK complex in Bantul, Yogyakarta. ©

Tala's photo is by Tala, PSBK's photo by Sito Adhi Anom 

Image Description: [Left to right] Rani Jambak playing electronic music instruments during a performance.; A man playing percussion from a side stage while paying attention to the band of orchestra on the center stage. ©

Rani Jambak's photo by Evi Ovtiana, HCMF's photo by Brian Slater.

Luke Styles, hosted by Santa Marcelina Cultura in São Paulo, Brazil

Luke Styles is a British composer performed regularly throughout the world. Luke was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. Luke’s operas have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski.  

Luke’s most recent opera Ned Kelly premiered to critical acclaim at the 2019 Perth Festival and was a finalist in the 2020 Arts Music Awards. Luke’s recent symphonic song cycle No Friend But The Mountains premiered at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne in March 2021 and has been turned into a 2-part ABC TV documentary. His 2018 cycle On Bunyah, for Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Wigmore Hall, London followed by a UK tour and performances in Australia, where it was described as “Styles’s On Bunyah is magnificent and just like the poem is raw, not polite.” – The Australian. 

Pedro Carneiro Silva, hosted by Oxford Contemporary Music and 101 Outdoor Arts in Oxford and Newbury, UK

Pedro Carneiro Silva is a pianist and composer from Rio de Janeiro. His creative musical process stands out for an approach that explores the interaction between experiences, feelings and music.

In partnership with the German/Iranian artist Ardalan Aram, he develops the “Free Seat” project, which proposes an innovative way of creating music through random encounters in the city. With the project, Pedro and Ardalan, received awards in Brazil and abroad gaining prominence in several media vehicles. Over the years, “Free Seat” has been performed in Berlin, São Paulo, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Curitiba.  

SHHE, hosted by B’sarya in Alexandria, Egypt

SHHE is the alias of Scottish-Portuguese sound artist, musician and producer, Su Shaw. Based in Dundee, Scotland, her artistic practice is deeply influenced and informed by environment and her work often explores themes of identity, connection and the relationship between sound and space. A solo project musically but also a platform for collaboration, working on projects with filmmakers, visual artists, dancers and designers across all mediums, Shaw’s previous composition and sound installations have been presented at V&A Dundee, Summerhall and CCA/Cryptic Nights (Scotland), HANGAR (Portugal), British Council, BFI and Sensoria’s FAMLAB (international) and the Westfjords Residency (Iceland). Shaw's eponymous debut album ‘SHHE’ was released by One Little Independent Records and was shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year 2020.  

Ahmed Saleh, hosted by Cryptic in Glasgow, UK

Ahmed Saleh is a musician, composer and sound artist from Alexandria, Egypt.He had become one of the spearheads of the Electronic music scene in Egypt. (Press -Cairoscene Magazine –March 2015)Saleh’s experience as a visualartist had a great affection on his music.He composed his first live solo set and made an appearance at the 100LIVE Festival in 2009.Saleh is a member and one of the founders of the well-known band Telepoetic,he composed the soundtracks for many independent movies, Contemporary dance shows and Theater.In 2014 he was a part of Jazz Nomades project and performed at La Voix Est Libre Festival (France)Saleh’s music havebeen featured on too many radio shows in Poland,USA,Italy,Germany, France, London and Egypt.Saleh collaborated with Oliver Coates (London) Mehdi Haddab (France), Mederic Collignon (France), Phillippe Gleizes (France), Predrag Sestic (Belgrade), Alessio Ballerini (Italy), Abdullah Miniawy (Egypt), Marc Nammour (France) and Phillip Geist (Germany), Tomeka Reid (USA), Nick Mazzarella (USA), Ryan Ingebritsen (USA), Erica Mott (USA), Jamie Scott (USA),Shaymaa Shoukry (Egypt),Konstantyn Napolov (Netherlands).Saleh's music was released in Europe by the French record label based in Grenoble Full Fridgeand the Italian record label (Unexplained sounds). 

GLOR1A, hosted by The Other Radio in Cape Town, South Africa

GLOR1A is a UK based music artist, performer, writer and artist who is unconformist in nature. Her unfiltered approach to creativity builds unique stories of Black futurism and sci-fi sprinkled with new myth and social questioning. Her music is not easily boxed, rooted in RNB and gospel she spans electronica,  trip-hop, noise, and punk to deliver a truly innovative sound. Always trying to push boundaries, in 2021 she released her second EP METAL about a black data robot scouring the earth, colluding to turn the internet off to save humanity. She toured Europe and performed her first headline show in Berlin and London, supported artists Eartheater and Bbymutha and opened her first gaming and performance art exhibition at the Institution Of Contemporary Arts London with the collective Nine Nights a Black-owned and operated music, arts and education initiative co-founded by GLOR1A, Gaika, Shannen SP and Zara Truss Giles. 

Clement Carr, hosted by Brighter Sound in Manchester, UK

Clem started playing piano at the age of 6, saxophone at 16, finished his classical grade 8 through Trinity School of Music and went on to study a Diploma in Jazz studies at the South African College of Music at The University Of Cape Town. He has been performing in bands since high school including The Rudimentals, Goodluck ,  The Cape Town Jazz Orchestra and The Kiffness . C lem and his projects, have positioned themselves to open for Maroon Five, One Republic ,  Johnny Clegg, The Wailers  (of  Bob Marley & The Wailers )   UB40  and Bastille. Clem functioned as the second half of The Kiffness (a live producer duo) for a few years and released a number of chart performing tracks while touring the country extensively. 

They follow in the footsteps of previous music creators who have successfully undertaken residencies in China, Brazil, Russia and the UAE, including Anna Meredith, SarathyKorwar, Emma-Jean Thackray, NwandoEbizie, Vessel, and David Lyttle. We will share the stories and development of TĀLĀ’s and Rani Jambak’s residencies through this page. Stay tuned!

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