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July 6, 2022

Interview with Bryan Senti

Interview with Bryan Senti

We had the pleasure of interviewing Bryan Senti over Zoom video.

Rising composer and violinist/violist Bryan Senti’s new album Manu is out now on Naïve Records.

Manu is the first crossover album for the classically trained Senti, a...


We had the pleasure of interviewing Bryan Senti over Zoom video.

Rising composer and violinist/violist Bryan Senti’s new album Manu is out now on Naïve Records.

Manu is the first crossover album for the classically trained Senti, a first-generation Cuban/Mexican- and Colombian-American, combining western neo-classical traditions with the Latin American folk music his parents grew up with.

Unique among classical releases, the parts of Manu were recorded individually, enabling the record to be released in Dolby Atmos as well as with a traditional audio mix. This unusual recording process gave engineer Francesco Donadello a unique opportunity to push the mixes, creating an illusion of three-dimensionality that plays on the psychedelic character of the music.

In 2020, Senti turned 38 and had his first child. “When I thought about the stories that I wanted to impart to her, the things I wanted her to learn from me, I thought back on what things I had learned as a child, or wished I had learned,” he says of writing Manu. “What I wished I had learned was an ability to cherish both a Hispanic and American identity equally.”

Bryan Senti is based in Los Angeles; recent collaborations include projects with Dustin O’Halloran and Peter Gregson for Deutsche Grammophon. His film and TV career began with Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter in 2014 and since then he has worked on multiple films and TV shows including the BAFTA winning series “Save Me” (2021) by Lennie James. Currently he’s scoring the BBC 3 musical “Mood” by Nicôle Lecky.

In addition to working on classical music, Senti’s experimental pop project Ex Mykah is signed to the London-based Kowloon Records and his LP 16, 17 was released in 2018. He also collaborated with Mark Ronson on his production Carbon Life, performed by the Royal Ballet, and has toured and recorded for the Canadian singer-songwriter Feist.

Senti received a master’s in music composition from The Yale School of Music in 2009.

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