freelance composer, performer & artist based in Birmingham, UK
MOYO VOL. 1
Available to buy on Bandcamp and stream on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and other platforms.
"Surprising and idiosyncratic, Moyo is challenging – a thoroughgoing disregard for genre makes for an unbridled ride. And that’s precisely what makes this record so striking."
"Moyo, Vol. 1 is Millicent B James’ debut EP. In just 4 tracks she takes us on a journey that is wholly relatable, one of personal growth and determination which ultimately resides in a place of hope and possibility."
"The first track of the album starts uniquely. The track lives up to its title and features a melody that resembles the music of natives of New Zealand. That adds a very unique taste to the music. What stood out, however, was that both the transition from that traditionalist music to jazz was super smooth and that the music never loses its unique taste."
"This new EP from Biddolphian Millicent sets a new benchmark: it’s wonderful."
Millicent is a freelance composer whose music intertwines colourful elements of gospel, jazz, soul, soundtrack, contemporary classical, ambient and afro music to create an amalgamation of sonorities. Her musical output is multi-faceted as a cellist and vocalist and she continues to compose and perform her own works.
Pixar and other animated films have influenced her composition style. Millicent is inspired by the depths of the human imagination and subconscious evidenced by the works of Japanese Animator, Hayao Miyazaki.
Millicent has always been interested in her family heritage, her roots as well as other cultures. Moyo, Vol. 1 is based on these interests and since releasing her EP, she has received commissions from Spitalfields Music Festival, Sister X Music and has been part of the Manasamitra Mentoring Scheme with Supriya Nagarajan.
She was awarded a scholarship to study Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has received musical tuition from prominent composers and musicians such as Errollyn Wallen, Andrew Toovey, Joe Cutler, Richard Ayres, Trish Clowes, Percy Pursglove and Fumiko Miyachi.
Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology are also sectors of music that Millicent is very interested in and intends to study African Studies at SOAS in London.
“truly cinematic, evocative and compelling”
"a thoroughgoing disregard for genre makes for an unbridled ride"
"She has seamlessly interwoven a myriad of sounds, drawing inspiration from gospel, jazz, soul, contemporary classical, ambient and afro music, and the result is truly outstanding"
"Her lyrics are beautiful and the vocal delivery interacts with the instruments on an impressive level."
"the topic might be serious but the music has a light touch"