Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Roadrunner

Artists: Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Series: Festival of New, Open Space, Residencies

Ideas explored: developing new work, music influenced by current events

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is an English folk and soul singer, songwriter and cellist who was nominated for a 2012 MOBO Award.

She used her time on Open Space to write and produce songs for her second EP which chronicles her experience as a woman in the 21st century.

A performer of extraordinary versatility, 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 :-)”

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.

August 2015

Ayanna performed completed parts of the project to support Gabrielle at Snape Proms.

September 2018

Ayanna performs at the first Festival of New.