Seaming To LIVE 25 July London, Vortex
aaamusic | On 10, Jul 2012
… precedes August single and October album
with a one off date at London’s Vortex on July 25
Watch a clip of her here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZXAdkrQhM0
“When she sings, puts the rest of the band in the shade. A tiny woman with a pixie haircut and euphoric smile, To only has to open her mouth for her astounding, operatic voice to float out…Her singing is beautiful enough to make you wish the rest of the musicians would drop out of their groove for a moment.” The Guardian
“…an extraordinarily beautiful voice and a real leftfield approach to her music” The List
“…the voice of the 21st century…” Radio One
A performance by the acclaimed singer and composer Seaming To
Seaming has contributed her unique vocals to music with Robert Wyatt, Jean Claude Vannier, Leila, Homelife, Graham Massey, Herbaliser and Cinematic Orchestra.
Performing solo on piano, electronics and antique keyboard instruments, she attempts to find the magic and beauty in small everyday moments of life, dressing them in sonic colours and delicate webs of sound. She will play songs from her forthcoming Mermaid EP.
Critically acclaimed composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Seaming To; her truly unique approach and characteristic artistry have led to her becoming a distinctive persona across multi disciplinary landscapes in contemporary Music. Remarkable for not only her capabilities as a an operatic singer and classically trained musician, but also her capacity to fuse her traditional roots within a cutting edge arena, have paved way for her being described as ‘the voice of a generation’ (radio1), and an artist that is truly ‘Avant guarde’ (….). Her experimental ethos and mastery across a variety of instruments has enabled her to collaborate with some of the most respected and radical artists of this decade, particularly in electronic, classical and experimental genres.
To was born in London and comes from a family of concert pianists. Seaming plays clarinet, amplified glockenspiel, vibraphone, analogue synths, celeste and theremin.
As a child she studied at the Royal College of Music in London and then moved to Manchester to continue operatic studies under Teresa Cahill at the Royal Northern College of Music. Post graduation, she has been exploring other vocal techniques and has had coaching from Mezzo-soprano Catherine Perard, Brazilian Monica Vasconcellos and improvisation maestro Maggie Nichols. During her time at the RNCM, Seaming met bass player and producer Paddy Steer and joined the band Homelife., with whom with she has toured internationally. Homelife has recorded four EPs and three albums, of which the last two (Flying Wonders and Guruman Hubcap Lady) were released on Ninja Tune.
Other performance and recording outlets are with surrealist theatre company Forkbeard Fantasy, Toolshed – the curated by Graham Massey (808 State), Avanti Display Theatre, – Robert Wyatt, Jean Claude Vannier, electronic artist Leila, Dutch electronic outfit Funckarma, pianist Matthew Bourne, The Cinematic Orchestra, composer Larry Goves, Sarah Nicolls, free-improvisers Mark Sanders and Ollie Brice, Aleks Kolkowsky, avant garde pianist Leon Michener, Punchdrunk Theatre, The Herbaliser, and Mayming – an experimental duo with cellist Semay Wu that uses electronics, visuals and classical pieces as a basis for improvisation, Mayming completed a tour of China last Easter.
Seaming’s experience in composing soundtracks include music for Avanti Display’s production of Stormbringer at the National Theatre; Forkbeard Fantasy animations and theatre productions of Invisible Bonfires, Rough Magyck, The Colour of Nonsense; music for film maker Jenna Collins’ More Real Than The Every Day World (which toured nationally), live soundtrack for At Land by Maya Deren performed at the Birds-Eye-View Film Festival at the Barbican in London, Other audio/visual projects include Underdrome an electronic/360 degree film/dance show which premiered at the Roundhouse, London in 2009, in which Seaming was solo vocalist and performed her own songs alongside films by ongoing collaborator and film-maker Michael England. She has recorded live for the BBC on both Gilles Peterson and……. Seaming participated in the first edition of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five and was the recipient of a PRSF Atom Award is being commissioned to produce a new work ”Songs for My Grandmother’‘ for the Chinese Arts Centre. Seaming has released an EP of Sodaslow on For Us and her album ‘Seaming’ is due out in Autumn 2012.