David Lyttle, Emmy the Great and Quinta will be the next three musicians to spend up to six weeks in China as part of our Musicians in Residence programme with PRS For Music Foundation. They will each travel to different parts of China and, while there, create new music, work with local musicians and experience a new international audience.
David, Emmy and Quinta will follow in the footsteps of musicians including Imogen Heap, Jamie Woon, Gareth Bonello and Mira Calix who have all taken part in previous years. “My residency was one of the most exhilarating and exhausting experiences of my life … exhausting in all the best ways,” said Mira Calix. “I am so proud to have been involved in a project that in some small way touched the lives of 161 million people! … I think it’s fair to say it exceeded the scope of my original ambitions, by creating deep friendships and lifelong ties across any imagined cultural, linguistic or socio-political divides.”
The three host cities in 2017 are GUIYANG (Southwest China), SUZHOU (eastern China) and XIAMEN (on China’s southeast coast); which have been chosen as major Chinese cities whose international links are not yet as strong as other urban centres in the country.
- MOBO-nominated Irish musician DAVID LYTTLE has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as "one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year". Lyttle’s musical personas shift between jazz drummer, recording artist, composer/songwriter and producer. His collaborations have ranged from jazz icon Joe Lovano to hip hop visionary Talib Kweli; to Irish music star Duke Special. With nominations in the MOBO and Urban Music Awards, Lyttle has recently toured in the UK, Canada and Europe. He will travel to Suzhou.
- Hong Kong-born EMMY THE GREAT has released three, critically-acclaimed studio albums since 2009. In 2014, she released the soundtrack to the Sony Pictures film Austenland, and was longlisted for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. She also contributes original music to the podcast Mystery Show, the number 1 podcast on iTunes US in 2015, which has been featured on Conan, the Simpsons, Brooklyn Ninenine and more. Moss writes about culture for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to publications such as Noisey and i-D.
- QUINTA is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, improviser and composer, who will spend time in Guiyang. She has collaborated with a range of artists, including Bat for Lashes and Patrick Wolf and Radiohead’s Philip Selway; and is one quarter of all-female experimental collective Collectress. Classically trained rather than classically moulded, Quinta meets free play and experimentation with musical substance in her work and brings a mischievous theatricality to her performances.