Annie Mahtani is a Birmingham based composer and sound artist. Her music is created from realworld sounds which are then transformed, manipulated and restructured, exploring the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal sound worlds. Annie studied composition at the University of Birmingham completing a PhD with Jonty Harrison in 2008 and was a visiting lecturer in composition there for a number of years.
Annie has collaborated with dance and theatre and worked on site-specific installations. Recent projects include Interleave, a Jazzlines commission which explores improvisatory dialogue between technology-driven soundworlds and the archetypal jazz quartet; Lago de Mamori, a 16-channel sound installation using material recorded whilst participating in Mamori Sound Project in the middle of the Brazillian Amazon; Birmingham Sound Matter, a collaborative composition project with Birmingham-based sound artists and composers directed by Francisco Lopez and commissioned by modulate; commissions from Rosie Kay Dance Company as composer for Asylum (2004), Supernova (2008), and 5 Soldiers (2010).
Annie’s work has been performed extensively in concerts and festivals in the UK, Canada, USA and across Europe. Her work Past Links received an honorable mention at the 35th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, Bourges 2008.
In 2010, Annie founded SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based organisation dedicated to promoting local sound artists and composers.