Benjamin Tassie is a composer of electronic and acoustic music working at the intersection of contemporary-classical and experimental, electronic pop scenes. He has worked with artists including Joby Burgess (for Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme), Juice Vocal (performing at Shoreditch Church, Tate Modern, on BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere), Liam Byrne (at venues including Moth Club (for Eat Your Own Ears), Rockwood Music Hall NYC, Wilton’s Music Hall and on Resonance FM) and Rambert Dance (collaborating for performances at The Place, Wilderness Festival and Southbank). Benjamin’s opera, The Anatomy of Melancholy (Oedipa, the Wellcome Trust + Arts Council England) was described as ‘an often dark yet heartfelt opera’ [Wired magazine], with ‘a compelling score’ [everything-theatre]. Elsewhere, Benjamin has worked with ensembles and soloists including the Composer’s Ensemble, Richard Baker, Lontano, Rarescale, Mainly Two, Siwan Rhys, and the Anima Collective at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, Brunel Tunnel shaft and Zaha Hadid.
As orchestrator, Benjamin worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to create baroque versions of music by Björk, Radiohead and others for a special Night Shift at Kensington Palace. Elsewhere, he collaborated with poet Annie Freud to create new work for the London Festival of Architecture 2017, performed by experimental choir, Musarc, in a disused factory. The work was a festival highlight in Wallpaper* magazine, Culture Trip and elsewhere, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary by BBC Music producer, Rob Shiret. Benjamin runs _remix, a cross-genre classical club night and concert series. Presenting nights at the V&A, Dulwich Picture Gallery, IKLECTIK and elsewhere, _remix was described by BBC 6 Music as ‘a space where classical music can be enjoyed in a relaxed setting’ and by London in Stereo as ‘a classical club night bringing together the old and the new, the classic and the future classic to emphasise their similarities and pick up on their differences.'
Benjamin has been shortlisted for the prestigious 25th Anniversary Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2018. Elsewhere, he was New Voice 2015 composer with the British Music Collection, winner of the Saboteur Award 2015 for Best Collaborative Work, winner of the Nonclassical Graphic Score competition with the Hermes Experiment and finalist in the Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS2014 scheme with Huw Watkins. He has received grants from Help Musicians UK (to write new work for Carla Rees), the PRS Foundation, Bliss Trust and others. Benjamin completed his Masters in composition at the Royal College of Music, London, where he was an RCM Scholar with support from the Angela Nankivell Award, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation. Previously, he completed his undergraduate degree at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
In 2018 Benjamin will release his debut album, bop [lp]. A track from the record is featured on New York label Not Art Records’ 2017 Mixtape. Other recordings include Benjamin’s 2016 EP, wurl (supported by Sound and Music + The British Music Collection), Juice Vocal’s recording of sun (released on Resonus Classics), Carla Rees’ recordings of clutch and filth (published by Tetractys), and SCHWUH-EEET (on Rarescale Records). Upcoming projects include Hurricane Zoo, a darkly comic electronic opera with text by Hunter S. Thompson (developed with support from Gestalt Arts, Second Movement, Tête à Tête and Arts Depot), and Colours for solo organ (written for James McVinnie).