Tanya Auclair (Choral Composition, 2021)Tanya Auclair ©2014 Sophia Schorr-Kon

Tanya Auclair

Shortlisted in 2021 for Choral Composition

Tanya Auclair is a British-Rwandan music and sound artist. Her work explores rhythm, voice and electronica, treating everyday life like new mythologies and taking an embodied approach to exploring ideas with sound.

Auclair’s versatility has led to a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects and collaborations including a live rework / scoring of Afro-Brazilian classic Black Orpheus with Charlie Dark, and The Sensory Score, a multi-sensory concert for blindfolded audience. Taking inspiration from the vibrations with which bees communicate, and the patterns created by their social organisation, The Swarm is a choral-sound piece that takes us on an intimate journey as a colony of bees take flight in search of a new home, while Auclair’s Four Points Talk is a musique concrète series made from recordings of buildings.

Auclair composed In Waves for the Roundhouse Choir, and more recently is working with pioneering Rwandan drum ensemble Ingoma Nshya. She is a member of Deep Throat Choir and vocal ensembles The Quorum and Blood Moon Project. In 2020 she worked on a Zeitgeist commission for The Riot Ensemble; Munganyinka is a Transformer, which premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.