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We’re looking for emerging female musicians to take part in our second Both Sides Now residency, led by composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki.

Both Sides Now with Shiva Feshareki – closed
26th January 2018

We’re looking for emerging female musicians to take part in our second Both Sides Now residency, led by composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki.

Brighter Sound is thrilled to be working with experimental classical composer and turntablist, Shiva Feshareki. Shiva, winner of the 2017 British Composer Award for Innovation, will lead a five-day residency for emerging female musicians from across Leeds and the surrounding areas.  

We’re looking for open-minded artists who are excited by experimentation, left-field composition, and are curious to explore the interactions between time, space and sound. Your method of performance can be any form of instrument or gear, be it acoustic or electronic, conventional or unconventional.

You will:

  • Spend five days experimenting, improvising and collaborating with Shiva Feshareki and like-minded emerging artists (between Thursday 8 – Monday 12 March)
  • Perform at the opening night of Sounds Like THIS Festival in Leeds on Monday 12 March where you will showcase your journey and innovations

This residency will challenge artists to explore their own practice and challenge the conventions that surround composition, collaboration and performance.


My biggest inspirations come from composers who were at the forefront of the exciting and radical experimentations of the 1960s onwards. A lot of the music I love by composers such as Pauline Oliveros and Terry Riley, comes from deep improvisation, and deep listening, and having to leave the conscious world to make musical choices. These are innovations that help societies to grow, and help us listen to each other and the world we are in. Through the residency I hope we will have a collective aspiration to develop new ideas and new conversations. – Shiva Feshareki

Find out more about Shiva and her ideas for this residency here.

This is the second residency as part of Both Sides Now – our ambitious three-year programme to support, inspire and showcase women in music across the North of England.

Application info

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • An emerging female musician
  • Based in Leeds, or the surrounding areas
  • Available between Thursday 8 – Monday 12 March

Application deadline: Sunday 11 Feb, midnight

Applicants must apply online*, answering four questions related to their own experience, the contribution they will make to the residency, their reasons for applying, and their approach to experimentation, as well as submitting an example of their own music.

A sample application form is available to download for reference before submitting an online application.

Online application form

Sample application form

All applicants will be notified on or around Friday 16 February.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

For more information about this project please contact Lucy Scott on or call 0161 830 3899.

This project is delivered in partnership with Leeds College of Music, Music:Leeds, Come Play With Me and Studio 12, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.