Ayanna Witter-Johnson is an English folk and soul singer, songwriter and cellist who was nominated for a 2012 MOBO Award.
A performer of extraordinary versatility, she used the Open Space scheme to write and produce songs for her second EP which chronicles her experience as a woman in the 21st century. In an Open Session in February 2015, Ayanna presented work in progress from her new project: a song suite on the theme of journeys scored for voice, strings, percussion and visuals. She culminated her time on Open Space in a special performance in the Snape Proms, supporting Gabrielle.
Ayanna describes Open Space as “much more than a residency. It has been the gift of being able to spend time alone away from the busyness of London life and to focus solely on creating music. The music I have created and developed since spending time in Snape has formed the basis of my next recording to be released in Spring 2015. I have been able to express a part of me that has been hidden and my appreciation for all the support of the Open Space team goes beyond words. I will be recording this material in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings and continuing to develop the live show to support it in future residencies there. Thank you Open Space :-)”