Benjamin Tassie is a London based composer of electronic and acoustic music. Often exploring electro-pop elements in his compositions, his influences include Stravinsky, Björk and The Knife. He has written for a range of leading ensembles and soloists, including the Britten Sinfonia, rarescale, the Composer’s Ensemble, Liam Byrne, Lontano and the Ossian Ensemble. He has written for Rambert Dance, created a surround-sound music installation for the De La Warr Pavilion, and has had his music programmed by Nonclassical. His opera, The Anatomy of Melancholy, written for Bodycorps with support from The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, was described as ‘an often dark yet heartfelt opera’ [wired magazine], with ‘a compelling score’ [everything-theatre], ‘?????’ [theatre bubble]. He is a New Voices 2015 composer as part of the Sound and Music Portfolio scheme, for which he is writing new work for Joby Burgess.
Benjamin completed Postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, where he achieved Distinction. Whilst there he was an RCM Scholar with support from the Angela Nankivell Award, the Ralph Vaughan William’s Trust, and the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation. Before this Benjamin graduated with First Class Honours from the joint undergraduate degree in music at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music.
He was winner of the Nonclassical #graphit graphic score competition with The Hermes Experiment, finalist with the rarescale 10th anniversary composition competition, and finalist with the Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS2014 competition. His work If I Lay On My Back I Saw Nothing But Naked Women, written in collaboration with poet Jacqueline Saphra, won Best Collaborative Work in the 2015 Saboteur awards.
Current projects include new music for bass viol and electronics for Liam Byrne, to be performed with choreography by Rambert Dance’s Luke Ahmet at Wilderness Festival 2015. His music will be recorded for release later this year with generous support from the PRS Foundation and the Bliss Trust. SCHWUH-EEET, written for Rarescale, will be released on CD autumn 2015, and is published by Tetractys.