Biography

Xan Gill is a composer from the North East of England, now working in London.

His work prioritises organicism, making frequent use of unsynchronised lines and free time. Motion and stasis – background and foreground – are key concerns, assembled like layers of a landscape flashing by a train window. The music is often raw, muscular, gripped by a compelling darkness. It flickers, loops, glitches, injected with the itchy hi-hats and swollen depth of dub & electronica. In other areas, the sound-world is hushed and still; delicate, hovering music.

Most recently Xan reached the finals of the ROSL Composition Award with the London Sinfonietta (to be judged in October 2020), as well as winning the Alan Bush Prize for his clarinet trio sun, drums & soil for Mark Simpson, Huw Watkins & Zoë Martlew. He is currently working on a percussion quartet commission from The Arts Society, a violin and cimbalom piece for Psappha New Music Ensemble, the ROSL commission and a large-scale dance/multimedia work with Northern Dance. He has written for Riot Ensemble, Trio Mallarmé (Paul Silverthorne, Karen Jones, Hugh Webb) and London Metropolitan Brass amongst others.

Xan currently holds the Charles W Black Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, studying for an MA in Composition under Philip Cashian. During this time he has received tuition from Hans AbrahamsenTansy Davies, Georg Friedrich HaasHelen Grime MBE, and John Woolrich.

Xan’s electronic/dance music has received over 100,000 streams and airplay on BBC Radio. His full bio and information can be found on his personal website: https://www.xangillmusic.com/