Troy Banarzi

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Troy Banarzi (born 12 April 1972) is a British-born composer and artist of Indian/Irish descent. He is considered “an experimental music maker with a more art-orientated approach”,[1] creating music with a "folk influence and a fairy-tale quality".[2]

Banarzi was born in London. He has collaborated with, amongst others, the Rambert Dance Company, sound artist Scanner,[3][4] and composer Kuljit Bhamra.[5] He is also a production music composer, and recording pianist for “De Wolfe Music”,[6] with numerous high profile television credits including Dispatches (Channel 4), Horizon (BBC2), and Coast (BBC1).[7]

Recent Works[edit]

Requiem for the Missing (2009)[8][9][10][11]

A “performance art” art piece for the East Wing Collection at the Courtauld Institute of Art.[12] First performed in the courtyard of Somerset House on Friday February 13, by a choir of hooded monks (Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir). It uses the following texts: Psalm 88, The 9 Cemetery Contemplations, Pie Jesu, A Woman Unknown, In Paradisum.

Séance (2009) [8][13]

A collaboration with sound artist Scanner.[4] A multi-channel surround sound installation first performed at Somerset House alongside Requiem for the Missing. It combines audio recordings of a séance with a contemporary police missing report and recordings of the Thames.

Mammon (2009)

A collaboration with choreographer Patricia Okenwa and the Rambert Dance Company. First performed 22 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre as part of the Rambert’s “Season of New Choreography” series. Music scored for string quintet, piano, Hammond organ and drumkit.

Magic Organ (2009) [14][15]

A musical sculpture exhibited at the East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art,[16] made from salvaged musical instruments and organ pipes

Euphonika (2006) [1][17][2][18]

An audio/visual "performance art" piece exploring people's relationships with dolls and statues. Scored for string quartet, harp, tuba, Hammond organ, toy piano, melodica, and live electronics, and incorporating video interviews and film animation. Subsequently broadcast and Resonance FM and BBC Radio 3.[19]

Earlier works[edit]

Prior to 2006, works include:

Music for Jonathan Allen’s “performance art” act Tommy Angel[20] at the Hayward Gallery (on the occasion of Eyes, Lies and Illusions), at Tate Britain,[21] and at the ZOO Art Fair.

Music for “Singh Tangos”,[22] by Bettina Gracias at Riverside Studios.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sounds, Found (2008). "Music that makes you go wha…?!" (PDF). Notion 035: 28. 
  2. ^ a b Inglis, Sam (2008). "Playback". Sound on Sound 2008 (March). 
  3. ^ Nightjam website, Artangel:
  4. ^ a b Scanner’s website, news:
  5. ^ De Wolfe Music website:
  6. ^ De Wolfe Music website, news:
  7. ^ BBC website, Coast:
  8. ^ a b Culture 24 website, "East Wing VIII mark a year of live art with night of flamboyant artists":
  9. ^ Potts, Rachel (2008). "The Missing, Troy Banarzi proposes a contemporary London Requiem" (PDF). Garageland: Supernatural (6). 
  10. ^ Artist’s website, The Missing:
  11. ^ Time Out website, events:
  12. ^ Courtauld Institute of Art, newsletter, spring 2009:
  13. ^ Muso website, concert details:
  14. ^ Culture 24 website, “It's going to be unusual as usual as East Wing VIII takes over Somerset House for Museums at Night”:
  15. ^ Culture 24 website, “East Wing collective prepare for final farewell at Somerset House”:
  16. ^ Courtauld Institute of Art, programme:
  17. ^ Berry, Sarah (2008). "Troy Banarzi" (PDF). Forum 42 (6). 
  18. ^ Artist’s website, Euphonika:
  19. ^ BBC Website, Radio 3, programmes:
  20. ^ Searle, Adrian (2008). "IT's a kind of magic". The Guardian 2006 (January). 
  21. ^ Tate Britain website, events:
  22. ^ Salidaa website, archives: