Electronic composer Mira Calix dies aged 51

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South African-British musician Chantal Francesca Passamonte was known professionally as Mira Calix. In 1991, she arrived in London to pursue her musical career, according to The Guardian.

Calix started out as a promoter and DJ while advertising for an independent UK label Warp Recordsbefore signing with them as one of their first female artists.

Since his debut in 2000 and his self-produced electronic album one on oneshe began to involve classical orchestration in her music.

An experimental musician and sound artist, she has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, dancers and artists worldwide, and in the classical field, with the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartetand Opera North.

It has been commissioned and presented internationally at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Carriageworks, MONA, Performa, the Barbican, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, the Coventry Biennale, Shakespeares Globe, Melbourne Recital Center, Sonar, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Manchester International. festival, among others.

In 2009, Calix received accolades from Royal Philharmonic Society and The Ivors Academy for his sound work my secret heartwhich was staged at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 2008. She then created the sound sculpture Nothing is set in stone for the Cultural Olympiad – which took place alongside the London Olympics in 2012.

Calix recently created a new work commissioned by the Royal Northern Sinfonia and had opened a collaborative installation at London’s Francis Crick Institute gallery which will continue until spring 2022.

“Terrible news to learn of the death of Chantal alias Mira Calix”, wrote the electronic duo, Orbital, on Facebook. “I knew her from the early 90s doing gigs together… she had a great attitude towards creativity. I will miss the lively, curious, warm and friendly person that she was.

Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mira Calix.

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