Atzi Muramatsu is a Japanese composer living in Glasgow, UK. He studied contemporary composition under Professor Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh, and attained MMus Composition in 2012. Since then his works encompassed wide range of scores that have accompanied a multiplicity of arts genres, such as contemporary dance, poetry, painting, and films. Atzi is a leading member of a contemporary string quartet Lipsync for a Lullaby and a regular cellist in ambitious amateur orchestras in Scotland. His commercial commitments have begun to flourish after composing the original score for ‘The Making of Long Bird’, winner of the Best Short Animation Awards at BAFTA 2013. He continues to perform with various experimental and improvising groups across the UK, and became a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in 2015. He wrote original score for a short film ‘Monkey Love Experiments’, which won BAFTA Scotland Best Short Award as well as BAFTA 2015 nomination. In 2016 he won the Best Composer Award at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards for his work on a short film ‘The Violinist’. His field of work extends to sound design, audio recording/post-production with acute knowledge of the industry having worked as Events Manager at Tentracks Music Subscription Ltd., supporting widening access initiatives as Transitions 20/40 Administrator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and coordinating innovative education programmes as SCO Connect Officer at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
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Audio showreel 2014
“I hope others get to see such a thing of beauty again”
- Huffington Post review on “WHOLLY:Land” (2015), dance piece by Steinvor Palsson featuring my original composition “The Place of Gargoyles”. Read a full article here.
“As a Director there is a lot to deal with, and I personally like to go to people who can bring something personal to a project. Working with Atzi was fantastic. His acute knowledge of musical composition, coupled with bold experimentation produced a mesmerising soundtrack for my film. As a Director, I felt completely confident in Atzi’s ability & his choices. I can without doubt say that Atzi’s contribution to film ‘The Making of Longbird’ was unsurpassable, and would strongly recommend his services.”
-Will Anderson, Director, ‘The making of Longbird’ Winner Best Short Animation, BAFTA 2013.
“We’ve worked with Atzi twice now and both times we have relied on him heavily to create a very strong and powerful atmosphere with his music, asking him on both occasions to play completely raw and unaccompanied. The first show he played live for us was a runway show in tribute to the recently passed Alexander McQueen. The show was sombre, emotional and poignant and Atzi’s original composition gave such a spine tingling relevance to the show, transforming it into something beyond an ordinary fashion show and into something memorable. Most recently we collaborated with Atzi asking him to play to a show for Pringle of Scotland showcasing a collection with Grace Kelly as muse. His selection of music and classy, heartfelt performance added immeasurably to the elegance of the event. We’re looking forward to many future collaborations with Atzi.”
-Anna Freemantle, Director, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
‘I first saw Atzi play over 10 years ago, when he made the whole sea come into the room by conjuring it with nothing more than his cello and a loop pedal. I’ve seen him make this magic with his cello, guitar, voice, band, and always there is the powerful combination of freedom and imagination, creativity and originality. Atzi is an artist and a visionary, and I’m proud to call him my friend and to have the opportunity to collaborate with him.
-Jennifer Williams, Poet, Program Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library