'Croydon Composers' is about creating cross cultural / genre collaborations between aspiring and established composers in the London borough of Croydon. It’s a project setup by Shirin Sriram of arts organisation Drum The Bass where the participants are musically mentored & produced by award winning composer / producer / musician Shri Sriram and mentored in music business structure & royalties by Michael Fuller.
Participants are selected from across the community, invited to participate & matched to form collaborative pairs. Each pair creates one composition, to be recorded & performed live.
Shri Sriram is a BASCA British Composer Award 2016 winning Composer / Musician / Producer and one of the pioneers of the Asian Underground scene with Badmarsh & Shri. He has composed and produced music for theatre, dance and feature films and adverts and performed almost all over the world.
He has also composed the promo tune for Ang Lee’s – Life of Pi and some of his collaborations include a cutting-edge brass band, sitar, bass and drums project, ‘Just A Vibration’, is currently completing a bass led album produced by Bugge Wesseltoft and just finished the score for a Ralf Schmerberg movie, 'Indarella".
Shirin Sriram is a freelance commercial designer & artist. She has worked with architecture & design firms in Bombay and London. Recently Shirin has project managed ACE funded collaborative projects like 'Just A Vibration', resulting in an exciting, crossover, cross-cultural body of work, performed at major festivals in the UK including London Jazz, Freedom, Shambala and others. It included a learning & participation arm which brought together students from the brass band & Indian classical world & concluded with a magnificent performance of 72 musicians on stage at Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival.
Shirin also project managed 'Trikona' which brought together Indian classical percussionists & Jazz musicians and is now responsible for putting together the 'Croydon Composers' project along with Shri Sriram & Michael Fuller.
Michael Fuller is a qualified New York Attorney-at-Law & has worked with major & several independent record companies & artists. He has worked at AIM as Company Secretary & Head of Business Affairs. His practical experience, knowledge of different music & resourcefulness will be an invaluable asset to this project.
Michael has been coordinator of an industry-wide project called Sound Advice, which was staged in conjunction with the BBC & included executives from all of the main music industry trade associations, collecting societies. He has developed & presented music business seminars to independent music business entrepreneurs. His workshop & practical mentoring session on the structure of the music business will be a huge benefit to all participants.