Music and Visual Art BA(Hons) graduate, Natasha Khan, performs in Brighton.
15 Aug 2013
University of Brighton Music and Visual Art BA(Hons) graduate Natasha Khan, better known as Bat for Lashes, performed a homecoming gig to an appreciative crowd at Brighton Dome last weekend as part of her current European tour.
The tour coincides with the issue of her third album The Haunted Man released last month and described by The Guardian as “The most punchy and assured …to date. Although the genesis of the material (is) often dark and tumultuous, the result is unexpectedly upbeat and euphoric.” The new singles, Laura and All Your Gold, are out this month. Her previous two albums, Fur and Gold (2006) and Two Suns (2009) were widely acclaimed and both received Mercury Music Prize nominations.
A Guardian review of a recent performance said: “Among the crowded field of idiosyncratic female singer-songwriters from the UK and beyond, Khan remains an excitingly restless talent. Her confidence in the new record is palpable – she plays nine of its 11 tracks. The sleek, breathy, Ivor Novello-winning Daniel remains her obvious, and highly appreciated, encore.”
Khan is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music is described by iTunes as “Sublimely twisted folk made up of pianos, guitars, harpsichords and wistful electronics, embellished by a transcendent voice reminiscent of Bjork and Kate Bush.
Whilst studying at Brighton Khan produced sound installations, animations and performances influenced by artists including Steve Reich and Susan Hiller. After graduation, she worked as a nursery school teacher whilst writing the material for her first album.
Programme leader, researcher and musician Conall Glesson is full of praise for the former student: "Natasha was a fantastic student on the Performance and Visual Art programme, she was enthusiastic and dynamic. It was clear from the beginning of her studies that she possessed the energy and ambition to succeed as a creative artist."
He adds, "Natasha has returned to the university on several occasions, not only to catch up with tutors, but to meet with students and share her experience of establishing a distinctive and unique voice within the notoriously competitive music performance industry. All the staff at Performance and Visual Art send her our very best wishes and hope this new album will be every bit as successful as her previous ventures."
The Performance and Visual Art programme (PAVA) at the Faculty of Arts consists of a cluster of interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate courses which allow students to combine visual art with music, dance or theatre, preparing them, through a variety of skills, resources and methodologies, to be an active and dynamic performer and artist.
Graduates go on to be successful performers and live art practitioners, musicians, composers, choreographers, film makers, producers, theatre directors and movement researchers. Opportunities for degrees in performance arts in the programme consist of Performance and Visual Art (Dance), Performance and Visual Art (Theatre) and Music and Visual Art, while a recently developed Masters level degree continues to attract international applicants.