'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 latest incarnation involves collaborations between Croydon and national artists in the UK. Artists are selected from across the community, invited to participate & matched to form collaborative teams of duos / trios. Each team creates one composition, to be 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.