The artist and producer-led non-profit organisation Women Produce Music (WPM) have announced !N_KoLAB, their latest initiative designed to support music makers, audio engineers through collaborative projects.
Founded by Katia Isakof (Altersonic Sound, ADD N To X, Mute Records), WPM works to remove career progression and entry level barriers and will be joined by a line-up of industry ambassadors for this latest project.
For the first in the !N_KoLAB series Katia will be joined by the five-time Grammy Award nominated composer and electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist Suzanne Ciani and emerging artist Anil Aykan of Fragile Self.
The pilot series is supported by the PRS Foundation Open Fund and Moog Music Inc. and will begin at the end of May 2019.
!N_KoLAB will bring together established and emerging composers to collaborate in various studios and pop-up locations.
Suzanne Ciani says: ‘I am honoured to be part of Katia Isakoff’s latest initiative to catalyse the role and visibility of women in the recording studio. Noticing a lack of female presence in the professional arena of producing, she is not just lamenting this fact, but taking action to prime the pump that will release a flow of future talent. Brava!’
Katia Isakoff commented: ‘!N_KoLAB is, in essence, the culmination of every idea, hope and vision I have ever explored whilst considering how to move the conversation forward and tell our story. The answer was, and is, where it’s always been – in music – in the studio – through collaboration, friends and community. No words can express how grateful and thrilled I am to be embarking upon this journey with Suzanne Ciani as our spiritual and sonic guide; and to be sharing this experience with our emerging artist Anil Aykan of Fragile Self, and award-winning engineer Marta Salogni of Studio Zona, who brings her passion for tape looping and plate reverbs to the mix. This really is a dream come true; experimenting and producing music which features the Buchla and Moog sound with Suzanne Ciani at the helm promises to be an electrifying sonic adventure!’
Anil Aykan added: ‘I am very happy to be involved in the !N_KoLAB project, it will give me an amazing opportunity to work with experienced musicians. This support is extremely important for an emerging artist like me, and such solidarity between women is very valuable.’
Vanessa Reed, CEO, PRS Foundation says: ‘We’re proud to be supporting the new Women Produce Music’s collaborative lab series. We know, through the programmes we run at PRS Foundation, that targeted initiatives like this reach people who may not usually put themselves forward in spite of their talents and potential. Space to collaborate and experiment outside of the usual routine is also crucial to artist development, new networks and ideas. I look forward to hearing how this pilot series goes and hope we will start to see more and more women taking up roles in the recording studio over the next few years.
Watch the video for the !N_KoLAB series below, and for more information, please visit womenproducemusic.org