Mira Calix is an award winning artist, composer and performer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary installations and performance works.
Mira has been commissioned by many leading international cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Performa, Institute of Contemporary Art, Garage MCA, National Portrait Gallery, the Manchester International Festival and The Mayor Of London among others.
She has been the recipient of several awards; in 2009 she won a British Composer Award for her composition; My Secret Heart. The installation, commissioned by Streetwise Opera, and featuring the voices of a 100 strong choir, toured extensively internationally and was also the recipient of a Royal Philharmonic Society Award as well as finalist for The National Lottery Arts Award 2010. Chorus, a collaborative work with United Visual Artists received an Award of Distinction in the Interactive Category at Prix Ars Electronica 2010. Her strong relationship with UVA has continued most recently with Momentum an installation for the Barbican Curve Gallery in London, which opened in February 2014 and a commission for Opéra National de Paris in 2015. Her score for the film opera ‘Fables’ a collaboration with visual artists Flat-E was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2011.
In 2012 Mira created her first sculptural work ‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’ .The monolithic musical sculpture was commissioned by The Mayor Of London and Oxford Contemporary Music in partnership with The Natural History Museum and Exhibition Road Group. The installation was part of the London 2012 Festival, Cultural Olympiad program. 2012 also saw the commission of a new soundtrack score by the British Film Institute for Alfred Hitchcock’s Champagne. The newly restored 1926 full length feature premiered in London in September as part of the Genius of Hitchcock, Cultural Olympiad program at the British Film Institute.
In 2015 Mira Calix premiered Inside There Falls, a mixed media installation at Carriagworks, in Australia as part of the Sydney Festival. The artwork is multi -sensory large scale installation of paper, sound and movement. A blanched new landscape that seamlessly blends technological innovation and organic materials exploring the nature of storytelling. Mira invited acclaimed choreographer Raphael Bonachela to participate in the work which incorporated durational performances by members of the Sydney Dance Company.
Mira has recently returned from China where she opened the Moving Museum 35, a temporary soundart mixed media installation situated on a public bus. Her project was created in collaboration with students based at Nanjing University Of the Arts, and was supported by the British Council, PRS Foundation and JCDecaux, part of the UK in China 2015 cultural exchange program. The temporary museum is open to the public daily, in the city of Nanjing, until April 2016.
Calix is currently working on a new commission for the renowned American ensemble; Alarm Will Sound, which will premier in New York spring 2016 as well as a new immersive performance by Solomon’s Knot Consort for this year’s Aldeburgh Festival titled The Discovery of Bomarzo.
Mira Calix is signed to Warp Records and published by Mute Song/ Music Sales