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Oliver Weeks is a London-based composer, guitarist and pianist. He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and composition with Robin Holloway, followed by a PhD in composition from the Royal Academy of Music, London. His music has been performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Royal Academy Soloists, the BBC Singers and the Endymion Ensemble. He was Cambridge University Music Society’s inaugural composer-in-residence in 2012.

He has scored two full-length feature film soundtracks: Cat Sticks (Ronny Sen, India 2019), dealing with drug addicts in Kolkata and which premiered at Slamdance 2019 and Rising Silence (Leesa Gazi, Bangladesh / Uk / India 2018), based around the stories of the Birangona, survivors of the mass rape by the Pakistani Army in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh and which won the ‘Best Documentary’ award at Dhaka International Film Festival 2019.

He is a prolific arranger, working for artists as diverse as Chas & Dave, Elton John, Jonny Greenwood, Keaton Henson, Howard Goodall and Andy Burrows (on the music for David Brent: Life on the Road). He was a founder member the London underground metal band Astrohenge, who put out two albums on the Eyesofsound label in the 2010s. He has also played session keyboards for Pixie Lott.

He has been working with major Bengali artists for 16 years. In 2002, he began working with award-winning singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist Moushumi Bhowmik. Their work together has included theatre commissions (Walking To The Sun, Prithvi Theatre Mumbai 2010) tours of India and Bangladesh and a full-length album (Songs From 26H, 2016). In 2007, he founded Khiyo with Sohini Alam (also known for her collaborations with Akram Khan on Desh & Until The Lions). Their version of the Bangladeshi national anthem, Amar Shonar Bangla, was released to success and controversy in 2012, and their debut album appeared in 2015 on ARC Music to excellent reviews. In 2017, he was funded by the Arts Council to co-write the crossover opera Nazrul In Vienna with Farrukh Dhondy.

Oliver started composing at the age of six, with the ambitious oratorio The Wanderings Of Odyseuss (sic). Growing up with an equal amount of Chuck Berry and Wagner, he fell in love with the latter in the early 80s through a BBC broadcast of the Boulez/Chéreau centenary Bayreuth Ring cycle. He also absorbed 50s and 60s rock’n’roll influences when, as a pyjama-ed toddler, he was brought along to his father’s gigs at various celebrated venues in the South-West of England, including Gladstone Liberal Club (Chippenham), Marden Flexiplastics Social Club (Midsomer Norton), and Timsbury British Legion.

Discography:

Release Date Artist Release Title Label Instruments Format Country Catalogue No.
2019 TBC Various Artists Cat Sticks OST TBC Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Violin TBC TBC TBC
26 September 2018 Various Artists Rising Silence OST Komola Collective Guitar, Violin, Vocals CD, Album UK
20 April 2018 Chas & Dave A Little Bit Of Us Rockney Horn Arrangements CD, Album UK COOKCD704
11 February 2017 Moushumi Bhowmik Songs From 26H Travelling Archive Records Guitar, Piano CD, Album India
25 January 2017 Arbovirus বিশেষ দ্রষ্টব্য Qinetic Music String Arrangements, Engineer CD, Album Bangladesh
28 April 2015 Khiyo Khiyo (aka Bengali Music With A London Sound) ARC Music Guitar, Piano Digital UK EUCD 2581-1
27 November 2014 Annalie Wilson Open Heart Circus Undercurrent Records Guitar, Piano, Hammond CD, Album UK
21 Nov 2011 Astrohenge II Eyesofsound Piano, Keyboards CD, Album UK EOSCD037
18 Oct 2010 Pixie Lott Turn it up Louder Mercury Keyboards CD, Album UK & Ireland Mercury – 2752081
11 Oct 2010 Pixie Lott Broken Arrow Mercury Keyboards CD, Single UK & Ireland Mercury – 2753191
21 Jun 2010 Astrohenge Astrohenge Eyesofsound Piano, Keyboards, Violin, Accordion, Vocals CD, Album UK EOSCD31
31 Mar 2006 Matthew Rozeik Matthew Rozeik & Ylid Split Static Caravan Violin Cdr, EP, Limited Edition, Cardboard Folder UK VAN 111