Phantom Chips

Artists announced for Musicians in Residence Brazil

Phantom Chips, Lady Vendredi and Nathaniel Mann have been chosen for the six-week residency, courtesy of The British Council and PRS Foundation.

  • By Lucy Doyle
  • 29 Sep 2017
  • min read
Phantom Chips (pictured), Lady Vendredi and Nathaniel Mann have been announced as the artists taking part in The British Council and PRS Foundation's Musicians in Residence Brazil programme.

The opportunity will see each of the musicians spend up to six weeks in a part of Brazil where they will collaborate with local artists, write new material and explore new creative and professional opportunities.

Phantom Chips, an Australian-born artist who makes wearable synthesizers, will collaborate with Novas Frequências Festival while staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Lady Vendredi, an experimental performance artist and dancer from Nigeria, will travel to Recife and work closely with a local museum and cultural centre, Paço do Frevo.

Meanwhile, sound artist, composer and folk singer Nathaniel Mann will travel to Mato Grosso where he will work with the Mato Grosso State Orchestra, the Instituto Homem Brasileiro (Institute for the Brazilian Man) and the indigenous Wauju Tribe.

He said of the opportunity: 'It will be an extraordinary privilege to engage with the diverse musical cultures and histories of Brazil, and specifically those of the Wauja community of Xingu, in Mato Grosso.

'The works we create will explore the interconnectedness of traditional rites, music and the natural environment, exploring both Wauja and British musical traditions; all interwoven with more pressing contemporary themes of power and agency.'

Vanessa Reed, chief executive at PRS Foundation said: 'Phantom Chips, Lady Vendredi and Nathaniel Mann will benefit enormously from this unique opportunity.

'I look forward to following the progress of their very different approaches to making music and to hearing about the relationship they build with local artists, communities and audiences.'

The new Brazil residency follows on from the successful Musicians in Residence China programme launched in 2011.

Previous artists to have taken part include Imogen Heap, Jamie Woon and Emmy the Great.