Cevanne is a daring Anglo-Armenian composer, singer & harper from Suffolk. Her work is grounded in the British isles – digging deep into their rich soil, to find artefacts which one would not always imagine to be native. As a composer she has balanced a diverse portfolio of commissions, ranging from the LSO’s Panufnik Scheme, a Celtic harp duo with Ruth Wall (Goldfrapp) for BBC Radio 3 and a bi-lingual play for Swedish National Radio. She is composer-in-residence at Handel House and is inspired by openness to societies and styles of all kinds – be they Punk, Renaissance or Maqam.
As an agile performer Cevanne has collaborated with actor Jessica Hynes, members of Babyshambles, Manu Delago (Björk’s percussionist), electronic inventor Crewdson, MOBO award winner Zoe Rahman, and members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Cevanne won a rare full-award from Arts Council to fund her debut album, Big Ears, featuring Rahman. Its première opened the Lake Stage at Latitude Festival 2010 for BBC Introducing.
Cevanne is at the cutting edge of a new technique of ‘eyemusic’, combining music notation and visual art. In the Renaissance, ‘Augenmusik’ had a merely illustrative function, but in her work, visual art structures the music itself. Commissions from Consortium5, Living Room in London, and Handel House have created tactile scores, and a PRSF award will develop a new electronic approach with Chris Montague (Troyka).
Previous awards include an enrolment in Serious’s prestigious Take Five scheme with Jerwood and MBF; and a PRSF commission to write, and perform, for Refugee Week, which premièred on the Southbank for BBC World Service, and featured Celtic and African harpers. She is a LSO Soundhub associate composer, and creates music broadcasts and documentaries for them with Resonance FM. Cevanne was nominated for an Arts Fellowship Award (Folk) by BBC’s Max Reinhardt, and a British Composer Award (Jazz) by spnm for Dark Garden – a work for Kuljit Bhamra & Alex Wilson's Bhangra Latina band.
Cevanne studied at Cambridge with a scholarship, and gained first class honours, with prizes for research and composition. She also held a scholarship at TrinityLaban. She is grateful for guidance from James Macmillan, Michel Van de Aa, Paul Newland, Jeremy Thurlow, Louis Andriessen, and Tina May.
Demolishing traditional divides, Cevanne is unafraid to combine classical subtlety with folk tradition and avant-pop culture. Whether performing barefoot on the beach or in a concert hall, Cevanne is a musician for the new century.