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To celebrate the world premiere of  Ed Carter & David Cranmer’s FutureEverything commission Smoke Signals at FutureEverything 2016, we’ve tasked a series of musicians to create unique, one-off performances in response to this haunting sonic and visual installation. Using Anthony Burgess’s very own piano, these evenings, held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, are not to be missed.

Sara Lowes is a musician and composer from the North East of England, currently based in Manchester UK. Lowes has worked as a touring and recording session musician and backing vocalist for acts including King Creosote, Jim Noir, Tindersticks, Jens Lekman and Daniel Johnston as well as supporting Coldplay on their European and North American tour during her 18-month stint as keyboard player and backing vocalist for Marina and the Diamonds.

Sara has released 4 solo albums to date, receiving impressive reviews from the UK media. Sara’s versatile musicianship transcends into a multi-layered production of brass and piano-laden pop and progressive influences. The classically led arrangements adorn her psychedelic and jazz infused rock where West Coast sounds are submerged in seventies prog and technicolour pop.

In 2014, Lowes was appointed as Composer in Residence at The National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. Commissioned by Brighter Sound Lowes worked with Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and Nobel Prize-winning Scientist Sir Kostya Novoselov to explore the commonalities between two creative processes: composition and scientific research. The outcome was Graphene Suite, a six movement piece mixing different musical styles and nuances, the piece also paid tribute to the pioneering female composers and scientists of the past. It was debuted at The University of Manchester and the Museum of Science and Industry, a recording is due in 2016 to coincide with MOSI’s Year of Science.

“Elaborate literate dream pop with dips and turns aplenty” Q magazine 4****

“A gorgeous confection, her dreamlike prog pop busying itself with jazz accents, brass, classical touches and melodies that warm the bones like a winter fire”UNCUT 8/10

“Sophisticated Rococo pop” MOJO MAGAZINE 4 ****

“Lowes’ unerring lateral instincts turn all risks into warming infectious rewards. Fans of baroque pop give her your time” Independent on Sunday 4****

Smoke Signals has been presented as part of ArtsAPI, a year-long project by FutureEverything (lead arts organisation), University of Dundee (academic partner) and Swirrl (technology partner), made possible through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.