Sam Beste is a musician, composer and producer from London, in demand as a pianist since his teens. At 16 he declined an offer to study at the Royal Academy of Music, instead taking up the opportunity to tour with Amy Winehouse, whom he played with until her untimely death in 2011. His career as a pianist has taken him around the globe performing in some of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals with the likes of Tom Jones and Carleen Anderson. Since 2010 Beste’s time has been predominantly devoted to his band Hejira, with whom he collectively composes, arranges, produces and performs. Hejira's debut album was co-produced by Matthew Herbert and released on Herbert's Accidental Records imprint in October 2013. In addition to Hejira, Beste has also been working extensively with Herbert on the electronic pioneer's own releases, recording and co-writing on his latest solo records One Pig and The End of Silence, and collaboratively composing the soundtrack to a film score and the iPhone game Pentapuzzle. Sam Beste is a visiting piano tutor at Goldsmith's College, London, after graduating from the institution himself in 2009 with a BA in Popular Music Studies.
Yann Seznec is a musician and artist living in Edinburgh. His work focuses on interaction and physical sound. He works as a solo performer, as acoustic duo The Seznec Bros, and with internationally renowned musicians including Matthew Herbert. Seznec's work has been shown / performed at venues including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Chapter Cardiff, Royal Opera House, AND, MIT Media Lab, CCA Glasgow, Berghain Berlin, Liquid Rooms Tokyo and Mediamatic Amsterdam.
Seznec is founder of Lucky Frame, a company specializing in fun, intuitive musical software. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving an MSc in Sound Design.
Yann Seznec's sound installation is created from hundreds of fans controlled by real-time weather data. Drawing on wind conditions in South Africa, New Zealand, England, Canada and India, Seznec's composition offers a portrait, at once accurate and abstract, of the commonwealth, exploring ideas of distance, data, modern convenience and memory. 'Currents' is one of a number of newly commissioned works for the eleventh Edinburgh Art Festival.
"I am very flattered and extremely excited to be selected for the New Music Biennial. This project will bring my work to a truly global audience, and I can't wait to get started." Yann Seznec
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this nationwide celebration of new music. As the UK’s largest annual visual art festival taking place alongside the world’s largest performing arts festival, we offer a unique context for experiencing major cross art form commissions by Scottish, UK and international artists." Edinburgh Art Festival
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Currents was commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival.
Produced with the support of partners and funders:
The performance of Currents was recorded live by the BBC at the South Bank Centre, Purcell Rooms, London on 5 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014.