'Croydon Composers' is about creating cross-genre collaborations between aspiring and established composers. 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.
Initially setup for musicians from the London Borough of Croydon, the project has branched out nationally in our last Croydon Composers Vol 3 project & the latest incarnation involves collaborations between young musicians from Croydon. Artists are invited & selected from across the community & matched to form collaborative teams of duos, trios or bands. Each team creates one composition, recorded professionally & 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’. He recently released a new album ‘The Letter’ with producer / collaborator Bugge Wesseltoft on Norwegian jazz label, Jazzland.
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.