Laura Moody




Laura Moody is composer, cellist, vocalist, songwriter and theatre performer from the UK. Her work focuses on storytelling, ritual, the expressive potential of musicians’ physicality and the transformation of spaces through sound, music and movement. She considers all of her work to be theatre of some kind. In her solo work she explores what is possible using only acoustic cello and voice to create songs which draw on hugely diverse influences. She likes to think of these as pop songs but nobody else ever seems to agree with this definition. In November 2014 she released her debut solo album Acrobats to major critical acclaim. Touching fingers with cabaret and performance art, she has since performed this music everywhere from the International Handel Festival to Europe’s largest fetish club.

Most recently Laura composed, and performed in, five consecutive shows for The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, each of these exploring a different way of reinterpreting the same very idiosyncratic, candlelit space and the function of music and musicians within it. Other recent works include Hildegard Portraits for the vocal trio Voice’s music and light art show Hildegard Transfigured, the seance-like Medium for vocalising, ‘mind-reading’ string quartet, and award-nominated scores for the experimental dreamplay at The Vaults Theatre and the radio drama Mary Rose for BBC Radio 3. In 2017 Parallelist, a collaborative music theatre work with the sound artist Clay Gold, premiered at Aldeburgh Festival. Dealing with telecommunications, isolation and theories of consciousness, Parallelist exists somewhere between music theatre, one-woman opera and installation art and will be touring in the near future.

For fifteen years Laura’s major focus as a collaborative musician was as a member of the innovative string quartet Elysian Quartet, known for its pioneering performances and recordings of contemporary classical, experimental and improvised music. She is a frequent collaborator of Radiohead’s Philip Selway, performing and arranging for his film scores, albums and solo shows. Other artists she has worked with include: Meredith Monk, Bjork, Simon Fisher Turner, JARV IS, Anna Calvi, Antony and the Johnsons, Peter Gabriel and Kae Tempest.


Composers

Sylvia Lim
Laura Moody
Philip Venables
Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Raymond Yiu
Eleanor Alberga
Jacob Fitzgerald
Anna Disley-Simpson
Ruari Paterson-Achenbach
Tom Coult
Lisa Illean
Matthew Grouse
Errollyn Wallen
Oliver Leith
Benjamin Graves
Robin Haigh
Kevin Leomo
Joseph Davies
Элина Вагина
Svetlana Lavrova
Elena Igotti
Mira Calix
Alex Mills
Darren Bloom
Dominic Wills
Alexia Sloane
Anna Appleby
Jia Chai
Andrew Thomas
Emily Hall
Joel Rust
Timothy Salter
Eloise Gynn
Deborah Pritchard
Andy Ingamells
William Marsey
Elis Czerniak
Soosan Lolavar
Kate Whitley
Stevie Wishart
Ewan Campbell
Jethro Cooke
Edwin Hillier
James Joslin
Timothy Cape
Edward Henderson
Stephen Williams
Gareth Wood
Sasha Millwood
Graham Ross
Jeremy Thurlow
James Brady
Kate Honey
Aleksandr Brusentsev
Kim Ashton
Misha Mullov-Abbado
Freya Waley-Cohen
Josephine Stephenson
Ed Scolding
Giles Swayne
Lloyd Coleman
Jonathan Woolgar
William Cole