For the past week, Daniel has been based at Studio Wayne McGregor, London, with Alexander Whitley to develop their new work The Age of Spiritual Machines. This was the first public workshop of the new piece, which was funded by the RPS Drummond Fund. The Age of Spiritual Machines will be developed during the year, with explorations into motion capture to trigger both visual and audio material.
The New Year marks the start of a busy year for Daniel Elms, who will be working in the first quarter on a new work for the BBC Concert Orchestra, as part of Unclassified Live, and a new work for the RPS Drummond Fund with choreographer Alexander Whitley. Soon afterwards, Daniel will be starting work on two further concert pieces (yet to be announced), and a collection of electroacoustic explorations for release later in the year.
Daniel has received the prestigious RPS Drummond Fund 2020. With this award, Daniel will develop a new work for music and dance with choreographer Alexander Whitley. The work will feature musicians from Manchester Collective and will tour in late 2020.
2020 will mark the premiere of a new work by Daniel, written for the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of BBC Radio 3’s Unclassified Live with Elizabeth Alker. The work will be performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall alongside a variety of new arrangements and works by composers including Anna Meredith, Daniel Avery, Caroline Shaw, Koreless, Rafiq Bhatia and Nicole Lizee.
Daniel has signed with agency Air Edel to represent his multimedia work and collaborations — exciting things to come. You can find more information here.
The Islandia album-release tour gets underway this evening at CLF Art Cafe, Peckham. Daniel will be performing along Manchester Collective’s tour of Paradise Lost by Vessel and Rakhi Singh. Tickets available here.
The exclusive premiere of the Soft Machines video is now available through Stationary Travels. Check out the video, by long-term collaborator and visual artist David Briggs, here.
It’s here! Islandia is now available from the Brooklyn-based New Amsterdam Records. You can now have early access to the album via a subscription to New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp. On June 21st there will be a full release across all major digital platforms, plus limited-edition heavyweight vinyl (with risograph poster insert) and CD. Visit Bandcamp for further details.
The Arts Council England is supporting Daniel’s 2019 tour of Islandia. The tour will visit London, Hull and Manchester, and promote Daniel’s new album Islandia, which will be released in Q2, 2019. Venues and dates to follow soon.
Over 2018, Daniel produced and engineered “What Is Imposed Must Be Endured” — debut album of the four-piece doom band Blind Monarch. The group have been making waves across the UK with their music being described as “a corrupted majesty of ugliness and despair”. The album, recorded amidst the crumbling walls of the derelict Penny Red Arts building in Hull, will be released on April 5th via Black Bow Records — pre orders can be made here. A series of blogs are to follow the release in 2019, in which Daniel documents the recording process.
Over the late Summer and early Autumn, Daniel was between London and Rome while working on the beautiful screen adaptation of My Brilliant Friend. Daniel was editing the music and working with composer Max Richter on the eight-part series. Episode 1 premieres on HBO, 18th November 2019.
Daniel has been awarded the PRS Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. With this support, Daniel will work towards a series of live performances in 2019, which will feature the compositions included in his forthcoming album Islandia. Daniel will also be reintroducing the electric guitar and pedal board to these performances, to showcase the instrument as a striking voice within the chamber orchestra.
As part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 legacy, Daniel is working with a collection of Hull-based music artists to introduce them to arranging their own music for orchestral instrumentation. The residency will take place across the Summer, courtesy of PRS Foundation’s Hull residency schemes, and will conclude with a series of recorded performances that will be made available via YouTube.
Manchester Collective will be premiering Daniel’s new composition, 100 Demons, in three venues across the North of England on 1st-3rd March 2018. The new work features as part of an incredible programme of new music curated and performed by Manchester Collective. Be sure to book your tickets.
The premiere performance of Bethia is now available to watch on Daniel’s YouTube channel. The performance was part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and Hull City of Culture 2017.
Tickets are now available for the premiere performance of Daniel’s new work 100 Demons. The work, commissioned by Manchester Collective, is an exploration of myth making and fear mongering for string quartet and tape. The work will premiere as part of Manchester Collective’s 2018 Part I season and tickets are available via the collective’s website.
Daniel has been working with Dream Harvest Games on their debut release Failure Neuro Slicers. The game is a cyberpunk RTS, set in a dystopian future. The game is scheduled for a closed alpha release in early 2018, with a full release in early 2019. Daniel is using electronics and musique conrete to create a score quite unlike anything he’s ever worked on before. For more information about the game and Daniel’s music, join the Discord community or follow Dream Harvest on twitter.
After completing the mix of Islandia, Daniel will be commencing work on a series of new commissions while the album is prepared for release. One of these new commissions is 100 Demons for Manchester Collective. He will be documenting his composition of this work through his online journal, from the work’s conceptual foundations, through to its premiere in March 2018. Follow Daniel on Twitter for regular updates.
The Hull premiere of Bethia, recorded live in Hull Minster by BBC Radio 3, is now available for download via NMC Records. Click here to purchase a copy. Many other works featured in the New Music Biennial 2017 are also available.
Didn’t get a chance to hear the premiere of Bethia in Hull? Not to worry: free tickets are available for the piece’s second performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 7th July at 18:30. This will be the first ever performance of Daniel’s work at the historic venue. Book your ticket here.
On Friday 30th June at 22:15, Daniel’s new composition, Bethia, will premiere in Hull as part of City of Culture 2017 and PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. The new work is a sonic landscape that celebrates the rebuilding of Daniel’s hometown and features an immersive motion picture created by Hull-born videographer and artist David Briggs. Free tickets are available via the Hull 2017 website.
This week, Daniel will be recording his debut album, Islandia, at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. The album recording will be documented through a series of journals, behind the scenes videos, and photography. The first journal instalment is available here.
The Official Daniel Elms YouTube channel is now live. There will be a host of visual content coming over the Summer, so be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates. In the meantime, some of Daniel’s well known works are now available for free, as are some teaser trailers for forthcoming projects.