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AVA is a cinematic instrumental duo formed by Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer. The two composers met in 2016, where their mutual love of writing for film, art and dance inspired a musical journey that evolved into their debut album Waves. Their music invokes melodic and emotional soundscapes, with the relationship between violin and piano at its heart.
Both Anna and Aisling are from mixed European backgrounds – Anna being German/Greek/Irish and Aisling Dutch/Irish – and both grew up in multiple countries. In a constantly changing environment, their relationship to the violin and piano was one of emotional catharsis.
Through AVA, they find their musical counterpart and identity. Anna’s studio by the sea on the Kent coast provided the landscape, and gave them the space to create the music. The result is Waves, a deeply personal album reflecting their musical journeys and experiences.
Anna built her career as a violinist, touring at the highest level with multi-platinum selling bands. She has performed as solo violinist on top international stages and festivals across the world including USA arenas, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Over the past few years Anna’s main focus has been working as a composer and producer on cross-genre collaborative projects, with dance, film, art installations and bio-scientific research. She currently works as a composer for the Royal Ballet School. Anna continues to perform live with artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Erland Cooper.
Aisling is a Berlin-based ambient classical producer and pianist who specialises in writing music for visuals. Having lived and worked in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London and Berlin, Aisling has written scores for BBC, Channel 4, as well as for films that have been screened at the Sundance, Tribeca and Berlinale Film Festivals. She has written music for various advertising campaigns including most recently for Dior, and is currently scoring a feature documentary about the relationship between punk and politics in 70s Britain.
Their debut album Waves will be released in 2019.
‘Delicate porcelain beauty, yet also an underlying firmness and passion…. the gentle, pastoral arrangement brings into focus the effortless wonder of nature. The overall impact is of music that is very visual. AVA is a special project.’. Malcolm Dome.
‘Beautiful’ Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
‘Distinctive shimmering sound…so gorgeous’ Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3
‘So atmospheric’ Nikki Bedi, BBC London
‘It’s as if the pair are bonded by a telepathic musical attraction’ Malcolm Dome, Prog Rock magazine.