Quinta is a London-based multi-instrumentalist performer, improviser and composer. As well as her solo project, she has collaborated with a range of critically-acclaimed and innovative artists, including Bat for Lashes, Patrick Wolf, Scanner, Adem, Lou Rhodes, Sam Genders, Mary Hampton, Penguin Café, Marques Toliver, pioneering ‘paperteers’, The Paper Cinema, award-winning acrobatic troupes Ockham’s Razor and Mimbre, and flagship contemporary dance company, Rambert, where she was 2015/16 composer-in-residence.
Since 2010, Quinta has worked with Radiohead’s Philip Selway, collaborating on the musical score for Rambert’s highly-acclaimed Merce Cunningham Event in 2014 and co-producing and performing on Selway’s 2015 release, Weatherhouse. She is one quarter of all-female experimental arts collective, Collectress, who released their first album, Mondegreen, in 2014. Classically trained rather than classically moulded, Quinta meets free play and experimentation with musical substance in her work, and brings a mischievous theatricality to her performances. With a background in third sector activism, Quinta is co-founder of Music in Detention and spent formative years working with Music in Prisons and participatory film-makers, Living Lens. She has a first class degree in English and an MA with distinction in Anthropology and Cultural Politics.
Praise for her first record, My Sister Boudicca (Tartaruga 2009):
“Wistful, sparse, and transportive; this record sparkles with a sense of play, of willful originality and effortless grace.” Danny Wadeson, The 405.
“As the album comes to a close, you get the idea you’ve just been to the most peculiar recital you’re ever likely to experience. Quinta comes from a different place, and a different age. There aren’t enough albums these days that are genuinely fascinating. This one is. Cherish it.” Sam Shepherd, The Line of Best Fit.
“This is probably the strangest, most beguiling record I’ve heard in a long time. It’s hard to describe as it is so singular that comparisons are difficult and almost unhelpful. As a work of art it is wonderful: strange, beautiful and irresistibly unique.” Nick Lewis, God is in the TV.
Quinta composed the music for Joss’s work ‘Traces’ for Rambert and is continuing her collaboration with the company for their new work ‘A Movement in 3’.