Mira Calix: Who was the late electronic music composer, what work is she best known for and tributes

Mira’s cousin left a tribute on Twitter and said ‘words can’t say how much she will be missed’

Award-winning artist and songwriter Mira Calix has died in her early 50s. Photo by Warp Records.

Award-winning artist and songwriter Mira Calix has died in her early 50s.

Mira was known for her electronic and instrumental music and often referred to music and sound as “sculptural material”.

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His death was announced on social networks on Monday March 28 by his label, Warp Records.

Here’s what you need to know.

Who was Mira Calix?

Mira Calix, real name Chantal Francesca Passamonte, was born in South Africa in 1970 and moved to London in 1991 to pursue a career in music.

She started DJing and worked on the 4AD and Warp Records labels, where she was a publicist from 1994 to 1997.

Mira then became one of the first women to sign with Warp Records as an artist.

She recorded her debut album, One on One, in 2000. This was mostly electronic music, but after the release she expanded her work to include scores written for classical orchestration.

She has released six more albums and several EPs of various styles of experimental music.

Last year, she shared what would become her final full-length album, Absent Origin.

Over her 22 year career, Mira has worked with the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartet, Bang On A Can, Alarm Will Sound, Opera North and many more.

She has also collaborated with visual artists and musicians from other disciplines to create music for dance, theatre, film, opera and installations.

Two of his most famous works for installations were My Secret Heart, staged at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2008, and the monolithic sound sculpture Nothing Is Set In Stone, created for the Cultural Olympiad alongside the London Olympics. 2012.

My Secret Heart won Mira two awards in 2009; the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the British Composers Award in the community category. He was also nominated for the 2010 National Lottery Arts Award.

What did Mira Calix’s tag say about her death?

The death of Mira Calix was announced on social networks by her label Warp Records on the evening of Monday March 28.

His cause of death or his age were not specified.

A statement said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of our dear Mira Calix (Chantal Passamonte).

“Mira was not only an extremely talented artist and songwriter, she was also a beautiful, caring person who touched the lives of all who had the honor of working with her.

“Mira has been an important part of the Warp family and history. We are proud of her immense creative output; her artwork, videos and music faithfully reflected what an innovative, pioneering soul she was. and wonderful.

“She pushed the boundaries between electronic music, classical music and art in a truly unique way. She will be terribly missed by everyone at the label.

It’s unclear exactly when Mira Calix died, but she last posted to him Twitter on March 4, writing on the war in ukraine.

She said, “Help the displaced….save Ukraine……save democracy…. save the world.”

What tributes have been paid to Mira Calix?

Mira’s cousin was among hundreds of people who paid tribute to the popular entertainer on Twitter.

Reply to another commenter on Tweet from Warp Records, Stefania Passamonte wrote “She was my dear cousin. Words cannot say how much we will miss her.

Former Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid also responded to the news by replying to the post with a broken heart emoji.

Multi-instrumental musician, singer and music producer Max Tundra said “heartbreaking news”.

A man named Michael Garvey, who describes himself as a “consultant and problem solver for the arts industry” on Twitter, shared fond memories of Mira.

“So sad. I worked with Chantal briefly in the 2000s. She was really curious and creative, caring and collaborative. Her art was amazing, so different and fresh. What a loss.”

Sarah Barrow, creative programmer at Royal Docks in London, who worked with Mira when she created Nothing Is Set In Stone also shared personal memories.

“Such sad news – I can’t believe it. I worked with Mira on a beautiful music installation project in 2012 (Nothing Is Set In Stone) and it was an absolute joy to work with her. Love to his friends and family.

Another person who knew Mira personally, audiobook producer Chris French, also left a heartbreaking tribute.

He said: “It’s like a hole has been dug in the world. Each of the (too rare) times that I have spoken or messaged Chantal, she has always been a force of total positivity, generosity and love, full of support and enthusiasm for creativity in all its forms. . She will be missed forever.

BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs was also among those who paid tribute to Calix on Twittercalling her “such an ingenious and pioneering artist” and a “beautiful woman”.

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