Meaning the stem of the lotus flower, the name Hatis Noit is taken from Japanese folklore and represents the connection between the living and spirit worlds. Hailing from distant Shiretoko in Hokkaido, and now residing in London, she’s a Japanese vocal performer with an impressively self-taught range that’s inspired by everything from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — to Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, and avant-garde and vocalists. It was during a trek to the Buddha’s birthplace at the age of 16 she realised singing was her calling, and that spiritual awareness is present in her music, which transports audiences to a netherworld. Following a performance as part of David Lynch’s Manchester International Festival takeover last year, she now returns to Manchester in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic and Unclassified.
Redefining the parameters of the cello is no easy task, but someone has to. That’s South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, recently selected for Serious Music’s Take Five – a development scheme for the UK’s most talented jazz composer. Moving seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concerto performances and solo classical recitals, Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion. We’re more than happy to welcome him as he continues his quest to help bring classical music to the ears of a more diverse audience.