Sorana Santos
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Sorana Santos
Musician & Writer

COMPOSER • VOCALIST • MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST • WRITER

 

"A panoramic epic of an album... singing to make the soul soar and storytelling that took you there... Sorana Santos, lady of myriad magical voices."  - Max Reinheardt, BBC3

"Took my breath away." - Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing

"Fresh originality and power... Such deep musical and emotional expression... A great talent." - Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News

"Her music shows the flair and imagination inherent in her personality."  - Diana Burrell

 
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ABOUT

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Sorana's music-obsessed childhood saw her spending spare time in record shops, saving lunch money to buy music, pawning the music to get to gigs, skipping school to practice classical piano, 'cello, and guitar for hours before sneaking out to play piano and sing on the local rock and jazz scenes, returning to do homework while taping John Peel sessions off the radio.

Giving up what seemed to be the ideal management deal to follow her dream of going to music college, Sorana arrived at The Guildhall to take lessons in Composition with Diana Burrell and Alexander Goher, while continuing to study voice and piano. Inspired equally by Dada and Impressionism as Grunge, Sorana’s compositions bring together Contemporary Music, Jazz, Electronic/Experimental Music and Songwriting, exploring music’s relationship to language, and improvisation’s role within it. Among a range of awards and nominations which include the Philip Bates Composition Prize and the International Poetry Competition, her debut album/book Our Lady of Stars/Books of Hours was nominated by BASCA for a British Composer Award.

Her portfolio includes commissions from the Millennium Commission, Juice Vocal Ensemble, The Rose Theatre, and Bath Festival; sessions at Northstar, Polydor, and Sony (including a brief stint as Florence Welch’s replacement); performances at The Southbank Centre, The Royal Albert Hall, and Oxford Contemporary Music; and writing for The Guardian, Agenda Poetry Journal, and Lazy Gramophone Press.

Sorana’s latest projects – a re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, and a set of works exploring the relationship between music, physics, and psychoanalysis – are currently being showcased live

She is a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University and London’s Centre for Young Musicians, is represented vocally by VoiceSquad, and enjoys no longer having to save her lunch money to buy music.

 

 
 

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The North Wall - Oxford - 13th April 2018  

  • Refuge of the Roads: Re-imagining Joni Mitchell's 'Hejira',  ft: Sorana (vox/pno/prepared pno) Joe Wright (sax/electronics), Bruno Heinen (pno/keys), Calum Gourlay (acoustic/electric bass), & Riccardo Chiaberta (dms)                                     

The Vortex - London - 22nd June 2017

  • Refuge of the Roads: Re-imagining Joni Mitchell's 'Hejira', for Words and Jazz, hosted by Nicki Heinen, ft: Sorana (vox/pno), Bruno Heinen (keys)

Kings Place - London - 11th June 2017

  • Talk: The Lyric I Made, talk on Lyrics and Poetry for Poet in the City's 'Poetry and Lyrics Festival' 

london live tv - 7th june 2016

The Southbank Centre - London - 5th February 2016

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (vox/pno), Joe Wright (sax/electronics), Conor Chaplin (bass), Corrie Dick (dms)

The Vortex - London - 15th December 2016

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, for Words and Jazz, hosted by Nicki Heinen ft: Sorana Santos (vox/pno), Joe Wright (sax), Calum Gourlay (bass), James Maddren (dms)

Salisbury Arts Centre - Salisbury - 26th September 2015  

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (keys), Joe Wright (sex/electronics), James Maddren, (dms)

Oxford University - Oxford - 25th September 2015

  • Talk: public talk on The New Music Industry.

Oxford Contemporary Music - Oxford - 30th July 2015

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (keys), Joe Wright (sax/electronics), Conor Chaplin (bass), James Maddren (dms)

Jazzlines - Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 24th July 2015

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (vox/pno), Joe Wright (sax), James Maddren (dms)

Lauderdale House - London - 21st July 2015

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (vox/pno), Joe Wright (sax/electronics), Conor Chaplin (bass), James Maddren (drums), and The Subrosa String Quartet

The Ramshorn - Glasgow - 25th June 2015  

  • Our Lady of Stars Tour, ft: Sorana (vox/pno), Joe Wright (sax/electronics), John Lowrie (dms)

The Forge - London, 15th June 2015

  • Our Lady of Stars Album Launch, ft: Sorana (vox/pno/prepared pno), Joe Wright (sax, electronics), Conor Chaplin (bass), James Maddren (dms), and The Subrosa String Quartet

the opera hour, resonance fm - 14th may 2015

the opera hour, resonance fm - 13th march 2014

creative journeys: artists share their insights - 13th december 2013

  • Zealous X Panel with Bill Aitchison, James Webber, & Rachel Raynes. December 2013
 
 
 
 
 
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