New artists announced for PRS Foundation’s China residency

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Laura ‘FEMME’ Bettinson, Love Ssega (pictured) and Jasmin Kent Rodgman are taking up artist residences in China as part of an ongoing PRS Foundation and British Council initiative.

Each will spend up to six weeks in China as part of the Musicians in Residence programme, which first began in 2011.

This immersive cultural initiative provides musicians with an opportunity to create original work, build networks and explore new international influences.

Alumni include Imogen Heap, Matthew Bourne, Mira Calix, Jamie Woon and most recently Emmy the Great.

The three musicians selected for 2018-19 will spend time separately in three Chinese cities from autumn 2018.

FEMME has been paired with the city of Chengdu, Rodgman with Lanzhou and Love Ssega with Nanning.

During their residencies they will collaborate with local artists, write new material and explore new creative and professional opportunities.

Each musician has already submitted plans for what they aim to focus on during their residency, while allowing for the fact that any creative output will be shaped by their experiences and encounters in China.

The Musicians in Residence China programme has resulted in a diverse range of outputs over the years.

Heap included the track XiZi She Knows, composed during her time in Hangzhou, on her 2014 album Sparks.

In 2013 Gareth Bonello released the album Y Bardd Anfarwol, combining Welsh and Chinese folk music to tell the life story of the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai, which won Welsh Album of the Year at the 2014 National Eisteddfod, and was nominated for the 2014 Welsh Music Prize.

The track Little Wonder, on Woon’s Mercury Prize-nominated album Making Time (2016), was inspired by his time in China on the residency.