Nominated in 2014 for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, Simon 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”, “beautiful music”, “intelligent”, “delicate”, “impressionistic”, “fresh”, “incredibly individual”, “masterful compositions”, Simon’s music has attracted praise and radio play from critics as varied as Ben Watson, Julian Cowley, Nick Luscombe, Robert Hugill, Massimo Ricci, Gilles Peterson, Mr. Scruff, and has been reviewed internationally in many publications including The Wire, De:Bug, Knowledge Magazine, International Piano, Straight No Chaser, Dragon Jazz, Extranormal and Kudos.
Active for many years in the UK’s improvised and experimental music scene, Simon was 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, Simon led 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 composition, afrofuturism, urban musical theory (socioacoustics) to feminist performance art, audio surveillance, and network theory.
Simon’s unique musical work has led to solo appearances worldwide at the Glastonbury Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), ICA London, London Fashion Week, Club Transmediale (Berlin), National Museum (Stockholm), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), Q-02 (Brussels), Visiones Sonoras (Mexico City), Making New Waves (Budapest), >Sync 2013, University of Tel Aviv, Freerange/Extranormal (Canterbury) 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, Simon is currently working on a substantial, new composition for contemporary music pianist Zubin Kanga.