We’re proud to announce that our 2019-2020 Associate Composers are Lola de la Mata, Blasio Kavuma, Yfat Soul Zisso and Daniel Potter.

Selected for their variety, their potential contribution to the wider new music scene and their distinctive compositional output, our Associate Composers will be given a range of opportunities over the next two years, including curating their own nonclassical night, writing for a paid commission, appearing on our upcoming Outside the Lines release and receiving workshops and mentoring throughout the scheme.

Our first Associate Composers event will take place on 10 July 2019 at our regular night at The Victoria, Dalston.

Lola de la Mata

London-based French composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist Lola de la Mata has had her work performed by Tre Voci, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Entropy and has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the instrument and the musician and how the physicality of the sound can be embodied within her music.

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Blasio Kavuma

Composer, curator and arranger Blasio Kavuma is an active collaborator across a number of different art forms, including film, visual art and performance art. He has had his work performed across the UK, US and Japan and is committed to championing forward-thinking music that is accessible to a wider audience.

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Yfat Soul Zisso

Soul has had her work performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Fidelio Trio. Her interests range from the use of different microtonal sound worlds and textures to children’s books and the exploration of various extended techniques. She is currently studying for a PhD that focuses on creating a quarter-tone compositional language suitable for western singers to learn.

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Dan Samsa

South East London composer, performer, producer and DJ Dan Samsa is particularly fascinated with connecting his classical music experience with his deep connection to London’s diverse music scene. As a DJ, he’s performed at leading UK nightclubs and has supported international acts, including DJ Yoda and The Scratch Perverts. He is currently curating the London360 festival where he’ll be debuting his second album, featuring a 360 sound system, brass ensembles, vocalists, drums, piano and drum machine.