Ana Silvera

London-based Ana Silvera is a poetic songwriting force who mixes mythic tales with modern technique. We spend some time with her to learn more about her eclectic approach...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 5 Dec 2014
  • min read
London-based Ana Silvera is a poetic songwriting force who mixes mythic tales with modern technique.

Since her mesmerising 2012 debut album The Aviary, she has developed a unique voice that cuts the paths of both offbeat folk and modern classical.

She’s also mastered the art of storytelling which, combined with shifting electronic entanglements, complete her musical make-up.

Constantly exploring various styles of music - singing in European jazz clubs and collaborating on projects with dancers and artists in London and Brooklyn - Ana continually adapts in her own gentle way.

She has also collaborated with kindred spirit Imogen Heap, the Royal Ballet and the Roundhouse Experimental Choir, and will perform an extended version of her choral song-cycle Oracles at the Roundhouse on 23 and 24 January.

We spent 30 seconds with her to learn more…

I first started writing music because…
My mother opened my mind to some great writers when I was pretty young - I loved the way words could illuminate everyday life, make the mundane extraordinary. And my father raised me on all finger-picking folk music of the sixties and seventies. Hearing how melodies could be used as a vehicle for really interesting lyrics, lyrics that could stand alone as poetry, was the real inspiration for me.

I have been making music since…
I was first captured on tape singing Mary Had A Little Lamb. Soon to be released as limited edition vinyl.

My music is…
My constant preoccupation and occupation.

You'll like me if you listen to...
Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons.

My favourite venue is…
The Roundhouse, because there's a real family vibe to the place and they've been always been supportive of me, for which I'll be forever grateful. You can feel when you walk through its doors that it's a place that gives back to the community, as well as being a world class venue.

Music is important because…
It can be life changing for an individual and also (inevitably) world changing. A song in performance is a potent combination of theatre, poetry and music, and I've always been struck by the fact that these are the three main art forms to be censored or even outright banned in any autocratic society. Which I think that says it all in terms of the true power of music...

My biggest inspiration is…
Beauty. Stillness. Nature. Where there's space and quiet for a thought or a sound to really expand, resound, be heard. Also: deadlines. Nothing like one of those to focus the mind.

My dream collaboration would be…
With the video artist Bill Viola.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Letter From New York.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A bit of a nutso nightmare, probably!

In 10 years’ time I want to be...
Doing everything at least 10 times better.

http://anasilvera.com