Oliver Coates: Smoke Screens

Grant: RTF29
Detail: Cello solo for Renaud Wiser Dance Company
Premiere: 1 June 2018, Platform Theatre, London
Performer: Oliver Coates

Renaud Wiser Dance Company commissioned Oliver to write the music for the dance piece “Smoke Screens” with funding from the Richard Thomas Foundation.


Oliver Coates is a cellist, electronic producer and composer from the UK. His path in live music and on record has been wildly exploratory. It has existed in multiple trajectories of Romantic and Ambient, Classical and Braindance. His live performances centre on amplified cello interacting with computer environments for sound processing, triggering dub delays, distortions and synth patterns underneath long-limbed and smooth-bowed melodies to submerge the listener.