Phaedra Ensemble are music makers, performers, and curators.
They make music in the space between the classical, contemporary and experimental worlds, rethinking popular culture and collaborating across genres.
Founded in 2014 by violinist Phillip Granell, Phaedra has evolved from its early days as a string quartet to a collective of like-minded performers, drawn from London’s diverse musical landscape. The ensemble is co-directed with composer Jamie Hamilton.
2021 sees the release of their first EP O Superman, followed later in the year by their debut album Attica featuring works by Meredith Monk, Fred Thomas, & Frederic Rzewski.
Previous performances include Kings Place, The Barbican, Kammer Klang @ Cafe Oto, Royal Festival Hall & Purcell Rooms, The Royal Opera House, NYU Arts Center (Abu Dhabi), and La Seine Musicale (Paris). They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance.fm.
Their ongoing VOX project explores the radical use of the human voice in music and performance, leading to a dozen new collaborative commissions and two concert series, featuring guest artists such as Heloise Werner (The Hermes Experiment), Neil Luck, Laura Moody and Bastard Assignments, alongside performances of Jennifer Walshe, Florent Ghys, Cassandra Miller, David Lang, and many others.
Since 2015, they have worked with multi-sensory arts collective Bittersuite, creating large-scale immersive experiences, including Held, a home listening experience developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
In 2017, they recreated two albums for live strings with Mercury Award-nominated singer Susheela Raman and performed internationally with Gondrong Gunarto Gamelan (Java) and Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwals (Pakistan)
Other collaborations include performances with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, British singer Ghostpoet, vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita (Erased Tapes), and recording with Barak Schmool (F-IRE Collective).