This month we kick off the new year with the exceptionally talented composer Benjamin Tassie as The Sampler’s Guest Editor!
Benjamin Tassie is a composer of electronic and acoustic music working at the intersection of contemporary-classical and experimental, electronic pop scenes. He has worked with artists including Joby Burgess (for Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme), Juice Vocal (performing at Shoreditch Church, Tate Modern, on BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere), Liam Byrne (at venues including Moth Club (for Eat Your Own Ears), Rockwood Music Hall NYC, Wilton’s Music Hall and on Resonance FM) and Rambert Dance (collaborating for performances at The Place, Wilderness Festival and the Southbank). As orchestrator, Benjamin recently worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to create baroque versions of music by Björk, Radiohead and others for a special Night Shift at Kensington Palace. Elsewhere, he collaborated with poet Annie Freud to create a new choir work for the London Festival of Architecture 2017, performed in a disused factory. The work was a festival highlight in Wallpaper* magazine, Culture Trip and elsewhere. Benjamin has been shortlisted for the 25th Anniversary Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2018. Elsewhere, he was New Voice 2015 composer with the British Music Collection, winner of the Saboteur Award 2015 for Best Collaborative Work, winner of the Nonclassical Graphic Score competition and finalist in the Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS2014 scheme.