ESKA

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Experimental/Alternative

Instrument/voice type: Vocalist/Composer

Location: London

Website: eskaonline.bandcamp.com/

ESKA’s impressive artistic accomplishments as a collaborator span over two decades; amassing credits on titles across a multitude of genres, as either a writer, featured artist, arranger or musician, including contributions to four Mercury Prize nominated albums alongside songwriting for the likes of Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra, Matthew Herbert, Tony Allen and Grace Jones, to name a few.

Nonetheless, ESKA’s recent career highlights have been achieved as a solo artist. That journey began with a self-released debut EP, Gatekeeper in 2013 on her Earthling label. ESKA completed her debut solo album in 2014, the same year that her daughter Wonder was born premature, arriving at just after 26 weeks. The following year, ‘ESKA’ was released; described by the Guardian as ‘genre-hopping’, the album alongside the live performances received much critical acclaim, culminating in ‘ESKA’ receiving a Mercury Prize nomination. Further performance opportunities in 2016 included festivals such as Glastonbury and sold-out headline shows including Roundhouse’s Curtain Call. 

Since then, alongside motherhood ESKA has been writing new music. In 2018, she was one of 3 new composers commissioned by the Royal Opera House for new opera development, for her project Woman and Machine. Additionally, ESKA have been appointed as one of 18 ‘New Voices’ of Sound and Music’s artistic development programme. In 2019 ESKA will release and tour her 2nd solo album. ‘Magic Woman’.

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