Nathaniel Mann is a performer, and experimental composer, sound artist and sound designer.
He is well known for his project and performance work within experimental trio Dead Rat Orchestra, who have eccentrically explored England’s musical traditions across the nation’s waterways and gallows sites. Nathaniel’s diverse works include object-led compositions and performances which often push the boundaries of musical practice by overlapping with instrument building and design, ethnography, folklore and storytelling. Notable projects include “Pigeon Whistles” for custom pigeon-flutes and 14 Birmingham Roller Pigeons and “Rough Music” for bespoke Bronze Meat Cleavers.
“Pigeon Whistles” was awarded the George Butterworth Prize, “awarded annually to the composer of an outstanding new work”.
Nathaniel was the Embedded composer in Residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum of Anthropology (Oxford University) and Oxford Contemporary Music from 2012-2014. During this time he worked closely with the museum’s staff of ethnomusicologists, anthropologists and academics to reconsider and respond to the museum collections and archives.
Nathaniel has written scores for London Contemporary Orchestra & BBC Scotland and Ukraine’s State Camera Orchestra “Kievskaya Kamerata”. His Donkey Symphony (with Lara Baladi) won the Gran Nile Award at Cairo Biannual 2008.
By adopting an informal & informative approach, weaving together experimental folk music and researched archival contexts, Nathaniel has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to directly engage the public, creating art that intrigues by creatively connecting with audiences.