Celebrated UK composer and electronic artist Anna Meredith is excited to announce select spring 2017 tour dates across the US, including a stop in Austin for SXSW and the 2017 Big Ears Festival. The upcoming tour dates will mark Meredith’s live debut in the United States, as she continues support for her debut album Varmints, which was named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork. All upcoming US tour dates are listed below.
“...a renowned, groundbreaking force… Varmints is a knockout,
the kind that makes you see cartoon stars.” - Pitchfork
“one of the most exciting debut albums of 2016” - Buzzfeed
“Anna’s music sounds to me like a very talented and curious child was let loose inside an exhaustive and very large sonic candy store. And then the result was encrusted with gemstones. Very bad for your teeth but great for your ears” - John Grant
“There's more than a fair chance that the set of Meredith sounds one hears first will be nothing like the next, common threads being a love of compositions that build and a comfort with rhythm and textures which places her in both the contemporary classical community and the experimental electronic music camp. Neither allegiance is tenuous.” - NPR Music
Watch the music video for “The Vapours” on YouTube
To capture Anna’s punch maximalist sound she performs with her band of classically trained musicians and a line up of electronics, clarinet, cello, tuba, guitar & drums. A knockout 2016 saw the band play a Summer of festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, Field Day, ReWire, Pohoda, Boomtown, Lowlands, Edinburgh, Simple Things, Transmusicales) and touring the UK & Europe including a sold-out album launch at ICA and a forceful headline show at Scala in November 2016. During this time Anna’s live show was regularly singled out as a festival highlight and gained 4 and 5 star reviews. She’s building something even more spectacular for the year ahead, including the dates for her US Debut, and there’s never been a better time to catch this unique artist.
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.
Her dizzying 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 and even flash-mobbing the M6 services. She is a regular presenter and guest on radio (Radio3 and 6Music)and television and her music is frequently broadcast on BBC 1,2,3,4,& 6 as well as in films, installations and TV.
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