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CARBS

Robert Ames & Ben Corrigan

The New Album: CARBS

When Robert Ames and Ben Corrigan started crafting the seven tracks on their debut album as CARBS, they were having fun. Corrigan, a composer and podcast host, and Ames, a conductor, composer and curator, are often the people who bring other artists’ music to life. On CARBS, they had the opportunity to explore their voices as music makers, taking inspiration from their robust history of collaborations and passion for electronic and classical music to create sound that’s both cinematic and danceable, built on lush harmony, catchy patterns and driving rhythms that form an outer space trance.

About the Artists

About Robert Ames

 

Robert  Ames  is  a  conductor,  curator  and  composer.  As  a  conductor,  curator  and arranger, Robert Ames has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music. Robert works closely with many of the leading figures in new music  including  Philip  Glass,  Hildur  Guðnadóttir,  Bryce  Dessner,  Mica  Levi,  Nico Muhly,  Richard  Reed  Parry,  Meredith  Monk,  Terry  Riley,  Jonny  Greenwood,  Anna Meredith and Steve Reich. Recent  collaborations  include  Vivienne  Westwood,  Nike  and  Alexander  McQueen from the world of Fashion and with musicians who inhabit the pop/ electronic and film music  world,  including  Taylor  Swift,  Actress,  Frank  Ocean,  Jonsi,  Little  Simz,  Alex Somers, Thom Yorke, Justice, Kelly Lee Owens, William Basinski, Jed Kurzel, Jamie XX, Olafur Arnalds, Owen Pallett, Darkstar, Radiohead, Rival Consoles and Labrinth. Recent  Conducting  engagements  include  performances  at  The  Royal  Festival  Hall, Barbican  Centre,  Royal  Opera  House,  De  Doelen,  The  Brooklyn  Academy  Of  Arts, Philharmonie De Paris and The Sydney Opera House, as well as four appearances at the BBC Proms in the last three years. Robert has worked with many of the world’s leading  orchestras  including  the  Rotterdam  Philharmonic  Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC  Concert  Orchestra,  L’Orchestre  National  De  Lyon,  BBC  National Orchestra  of  Wales,  Scottish  National  Orchestra,  Royal  Liverpool  Philharmonic orchestra,   Manchester   Camerata,   Moscow   New   Music   Ensemble   and   Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

 

About Ben Corrigan

 

Ben  hails  from    Carlisle,  Cumbria  in  the  North  West  of  England  at  the  foot  of  the Pennines.  A  teen  metalhead,  he  came  to  London  in  2010  to  study  composition  at Trinity Laban in Greenwich. At music college he discovered the joy of electronic music and  experimented  with  ways  to  combine that  with  acoustic  forces.  Ben  has  worked with  Robert  Ames  and  the  London  Contemporary  Orchestra,  orchestrating  and arranging  for  films  (Honeyboy,  True  History  of  Ned  Kelly  Gang),  concerts  (Riceboy Sleeps,  Erased  Tapes  X  LCO,  William  Basinski)  and  recordings. In TV, he’s done additional composition for Isobel Waller-Bridge, sound design and synth programming for her Black Mirror score, and more recently been the music editor for composer Anne Nikitin’s score on the BBC Pale Horse series. Ben has a music podcast called excuse the mess (which won Bronze in the Best Arts & Culture category at the British Podcast Awards  in  2019) -where  he  interviews  other  composers  and  then  writes  a  piece together  using  just  one  instrument  and  electronic  manipulation.  The  listener  follows the whole composition process.