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Ana Silvera

Album: ‘The Aviary’

Rel.: Digital – March 2012 / Physical CD – November 15th 2012
Format: Digital/CD
Label: Karamel Music Collective

Link: http://www.anasilvera.com/

Ana Silvera EPK (Electronic Press Kit) – http://youtu.be/dET8pea4iTM

Stunning.. a gorgeous album that mixes operatic and folk elements with magical storytelling’  The Guardian

‘melodies that just won’t leave you alone, and a voice that tugs at your heart’
Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

‘Silvera’s voice.. has a Björk-like spontaneity – an ability to be gritty and fragile one minute, warm, rich and ripe the next’  Arts Desk

This year has, so far, been phenomenal for the extraordinary, multi-talented artist Ana Silvera. In the Spring, she released her debut album ‘The Aviary’, digitally through Karamel Music Collective (KMC) to great praise. Recorded in New York with Maxim Moston (Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright) and produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) in New York and Ray Singer (Peter Sarstedt, Japan) in London, the album prompted critics to pen words such as ‘utterly beguiling’, ‘dark and delicious’, ‘stunning’, ‘a joy’, ‘magical’, ‘gorgeous’ and ‘a genius composer’. Songs of deeply personal experiences sit alongside tales of romance and tragedy, with drama, complexity, darkness and exuberance all found within.

At around the time of The Aviary release, Ana was also invited to perform her seven part song cycle ‘Oracles’ at the 2012 Reverb Festival at London’s Roundhouse and at The Sage, Gateshead. Composed both as a creative reaction and as an expression of grief to the death of her brother Daniel, the songs were sung alongside the thirty strong Estonian Television Girls Choir. Yet to be recorded, Oracles has now been nominated for an award at the prestigious tenth anniversary BASCA ceremony (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), held in London on December 3rd at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

The sold out shows – both streamed by The Guardian website – also featured Imogen Heap and the Holst Choir with Ana, Imogen and the two choirs all singing ‘Letter From New York’ taken from The Aviary’, as a finale.

Single release: Song for Daniel / Manon (recorded live at The Roundhouse) – Oct. 15th 2012

Now with the upcoming release of The Aviary in physical form via Wrasse Distribution (Nov 12th), this new single taken from it also shares a sibling theme. The first track ‘Song For Daniel’ conveys the depth of emotion stirred by the death of Ana’s brother and is richly arranged for piano, cello, french horn, it’s poignant lyricism bringing to mind the works of My Brightest Diamond or Rufus Wainwright. The accompanying track, ‘Manon’, recorded live at the Roundhouse (and in studio form, the album opener), is a song written for an imagined sister. In Ana’s own words; ‘it’s about the parts of ourself that travel with our most beloved friends even in our absence, the telepathy that exists between two closely knit souls’.

As well as the upcoming live shows and looking to the future, Ana is currently writing a musical piece for members of the Royal Ballet and is preparing for a new full performance of Oracles at the Union Chapel, Islington, in April 2013. She also recently signed a deal with Million Publishing and so, the future looks set to continue eventfully!

 

More press Quotes..

‘There’s both a lavish, vivid imagination and an intense intimacy at play in the music of Ana Silvera…altogether these are haunting, grown-up fairytales’  METRO

‘Refined by Silvera’s delicate and cerebral artistry, The Aviary is a joy’ R2 Magazine

‘Silvera applies such a richly detailed aesthetic to her work.. the result being a multifaceted and utterly beguiling piece of art’  WearstheTrousers.com

‘Ana Silvera is a poet who wraps her words in a style of music that is as personalised as the stories she tells. Her songs reflect episodes in her life, influences and characters, full of historical imagery and dramatic fantasy.’ Bearded Magazine

‘Within our visually over-emphasised culture…to be transported so readily into a story through music is a welcome revelation.’ Aesthetica Magazine

‘Silvera’s voice.. has a Björk-like spontaneity – an ability to be gritty and fragile one minute, warm, rich and ripe the next’ Arts Desk

‘Dark and delicious modern torch songs!’  Word Magazine

‘Melodies that just wont leave you alone and a voice that tugs at your heart. Lady Stardust sings her songs of darkness and decay…not to mention love, loss, illusion and dissolution’ Max Reinhardt, Late Junction, Radio 3
 
‘Ana is a wonderfully natural performer who sings from the heart with real emotion and great dynamism…one of Britain’s most outstanding singer songwriters’ Marcus Davey OBE, Director of the Roundhouse

‘stunning, beautiful and genius composer’ Camden New Journal

‘An emerging star singer/multi-instrumentalist making waves here and in the US, winning acclaim for her recent ‘Oracles’ composition’ Time Out

 ’Her voice is powerful and her mood haunting.. Ana Silvera’s star is firmly in ascent’ Port Magazine

‘Stunning…a gorgeous album that mixes operatic and folk elements with magical storytelling’  The Guardian