Following her debut single 7" 'Hometown', recently launched to to a packed house at the Southbank's Purcell Room, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ana Silvera, releases her long-awaited first album 'The Aviary' on KMC Recordings. Drawing on a love of story-telling and for the classical music she grew up with, Ana sings of deeply personal experiences alongside mythical and historical tales of romance and tragedy. Drama, complexity, exuberance, life, death - they're all here in the complex melodies and heart-warming, sometimes bone-chilling lyrics of this debut. The songs equally reflect on Ana's own eventful life for inspiration.
As a teenager, Ana regularly performed with the English National Opera before travelling the world, living for a stint in Ibiza under a fig tree, joining the anti-folk movement in Berlin and most recently, forging exciting creative collaborations in Brooklyn with film makers, musicians and dancers. Constantly exploring various styles of music - singing in European jazz clubs, recording a brooding cover of the hit 'Rosanna' by 80's band 'Toto', and performing Britney Spears' Womanizer' in her live set - Ana continually adapts in her own way, all she is made curious by. Bjork, Fever Ray and Gillian Welch are particular current inspirations.
In February 2011, Ana wrote and performed a seven part song cycle with the Roundhouse Experimental Choir for three successive, sold out nights in the Roundhouse Studios entitled 'Oracles'. Port Magazine premiered a short film (directed by Kate Church, formerly of the South Bank Show) documenting the making of this event which can be seen on their website.
Subsequently, Ana was invited back to the main stage of the Roundhouse for their 2012 Reverb Festival in February, under special commission to create a new piece for herself and the Estonian Television Girls Choir. This piece, entitled 'Step Onto The Ground, Dear Brother', co-created with electronic experimentalist Max de Wardener was performed at the Roundhouse and the Sage, Gateshead. Ana shared the bill with Imogen Heap for both of these dates.