Awarded in 2021 an Artist Respond Award by the St. Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts, Arts Council England support for the 2017 Stations of the Cross Solo Piano Tour and nominated in 2014 for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, Simon-Mary Vincent is a performer and composer of acoustic and electronic music, who has been challenging the boundaries of genre and musical expression with a highly personal language since the early 1990’s.
“Visionary and expressive”, “rich and surprising”, “incredibly individual”, “masterful compositions”, “an immersive experience”, Simon-Mary’s music has attracted praise and radio play from critics as varied as Fran Wilson, Lauren Redhead, Ben Watson, Julian Cowley, Nick Luscombe, Robert Hugill, Massimo Ricci, Gilles Peterson, Mr. Scruff, Fourtet, and has been reviewed in publications including The Wire, International Piano, Jazz Journal, Straight No Chaser, De:Bug, Extranormal and Kudos.
Active for many years in the UK’s improvised and experimental music scene, they were also resident DJ in the Cookin’ Room at LTJ Bukem’s Progression Sessions, releasing compositions and performances on Erstwhile Records, EMANEM, L’innomable, Good Looking Records, as well as own label Vision of Sound.
In addition, they founded and directed the EMW Experimental Orchestra premiering works at Club Transmediale, Tresor and the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) and has lectured in subjects ranging from 2-channel and 8-channel acousmatic composition, audio installation and interdisciplinary performance art to urban musical and sonic landscape theory (socioacoustics), afrofuturism, sound design, feminist performance art, and network and game theory.
Simon-Mary‘s unique work has led to appearances worldwide at the Tallinn Music Week, TechFestival Copenhagen, Erased Tapes Sound Gallery, Glastonbury Festival, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), ICA London, Club Transmediale (Berlin), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), Visiones Sonoras (Mexico City), Making New Waves (Budapest), Q-02 Brussels, as well as on Resonance FM, BBC Radio 3, Ministry of Sound Radio and FM4-Austria among many others.
Having recently completed a commission from RPO Principal trombonist Matthew Gee for 3 electroacoustic miniatures, BBC Radio 3’s Nick Luscombe, The Richard Wagner Museum’s Amor Mundi Festival, as well as Bayreuth Blättert 2019, they are currently composing a substantial new work for percussion and electronics to be premiered in 2022/23.