Ned Bigham is a composer whose diverse career encompasses orchestral performances, ambient electronica and club music.
His musical output has certainly been varied, including performances of his chamber music at classical festivals across the UK, electronic surround installations at international art shows including Venice Biennale and at The ICA, two number ones in the American Club charts with Miami DJ Robbie Rivera, songwriting for Amy Winehouse and his ambient/orchestral Anti Atlas project with producer and Radiohead manager Chris Hufford.
He studied at Trinity College of Music in London and at Balliol College, Oxford, collaborating with artists such as Wayne Batchelor and going on to drum for Neneh Cherry, before founding the cult Acid Jazz band D-Influence in the early Nineties, releasing the hit, The Classic, on Acid Jazz Records. He then signed exclusively to Atlantic/East West Records in New York and D-Influence went on to support the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, Seal and Bjork.
Ned has increasingly focussed on writing orchestral music as well as sonic experimentation via studio technology. Sampling classical recordings and then reversing, pitch-shifting, combining and splitting the results became a hallmark of Anti Atlas, and to date three CDs have been released to much acclaim. He has also collaborated with Asian artist Amar, and Robin Millar CBE (producer of Sade and Everything but the Girl), drawing rhythmic inspiration from classical Indian ragas.
In 2001 Ned started writing and producing vocals for Miami acts such as Kluster and Robbie Rivera, scoring worldwide dance hits with Kluster’s I Feel Love, The Hum Melody (which topped the US Billboard Club Charts), and Which Way You Going. Ned has to date collaborated with Robbie on three albums, as well as with European DJs such as Nic Chagall and vocalists such as Leona Lewis and Victoria Wilson James from Soul2Soul. In 2009 he wrote and produced an album for Anglo-Polish artist Pola, another collaboration with Robin Millar.
Recent projects and commissions include the music for Favela Descending, a large-scale installation at The Concrete and Glass Festival (Shoreditch), a collaboration with award-winning film director Gerry Fox. Ned has just finished recording an album of compositions performed by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Gregory Rose) and including The Nairne Ballads, a commission from The Scottish Ensemble, modern versions of eighteenth century Scottish ballads performed across Scotland.