‘Cross-genre collective Phaedra are part of a new breed of ensembles tearing up the rules of classical and creating a trailblazing hotpot of sounds in their wake.’
Founded in 2014 by violinist Phillip Granell, Phaedra has evolved from its inception as a string quartet to a larger 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, with works by Laurie Anderson, Jamie Hamilton and Leo Chadburn. They are set to release their debut album featuring works by Meredith Monk, Fred Thomas, & Frederic Rzewski later this year.
Previous UK performances include Kings Place, The Barbican, Kammer Klang @ Cafe Oto, Royal Festival Hall & Purcell Rooms, The Royal Opera House, and internationally at NYU Arts Center (Abu Dhabi), and La Seine Musicale (Paris). They have been broadcast and performed live 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).