Musicians: Laura Senior, Peggy Nolan, Lucy Nolan and Simmy Singh 

                                                       Designer/Photographer: gailsecker.com

Hello and welcome to our website!

Amika formed gradually and organically over a number of years. We are a string quartet made up of four friends with a mutual passion for the exploration of many different genres of music. Our influences are diverse (contemporary, folk, jazz...) and this is reflected in the projects we undertake. Recent performances have included works by Purcell, Debussy, Pavel Fischer, Jorg Widmann, Daniel Schnyder and Bryce Dessner to name a few. We aim for all of our performances to include improvisation and we frequently join forces with other artists on original compositions.

Collaboration is what drives us, and since our journey began early in 2015 we are thrilled to be working closely with with the wonderful Alice Zawadzki, Stuart McCallum and Steve Berry. Our very first performance as a quartet was at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2015 alongside both Alice and Stuart.

 

 

 

Since then, we have performed with The Breath, Ríoghnach Connelly, Alex Roth and given premieres of works by Matt Owens and Pete Lee, as well as playing in the solo string sections of Ben Cottrell's MJF 2016 commission, 'New Seeing'. We have recorded with Narcissus, Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum, and the Ben Cox Band.

Outside our work with Amika we enjoy varied freelance careers playing lots of chamber music, teaching, and performing and touring with a range of wonderful ensembles and orchestras.

We hope you enjoy checking out our website, listen to some recordings and we promise to keep you updated on our upcoming gigs.

Simmy, Laura, Lucy and Peg x

Lucy
Q: What is the best thing about being part of Amika?
A. The hangs :)

Q: What is has been your favourite Amika performance? 
A. A gig at Manchester's Wonder Inn with Alice Zawadzki and
     Her band of beauties.

Q: What is your favourite Manchester hangout?
A. The Banyan Tree

Q: Breakfast or Brunch?
A. Both (and sometimes on the same day)

Q: What excites you other than music?
A. Avocados (mmmm brunch...)

Q: What is your favourite part of being in the professional music world? 
A. So much! I suppose the main thing is the variety. Every day is different
     and music has provided me with so many experiences and adventures. 

Q: If you hadn’t chosen music what would your career be? 
A. I really wanted to be a barrister. Definitely satisfied with my choice though! 

 

Simmy
Q : What is the best thing about being part of Amika?
A. The mixture of great energy and great playing - (and the food and prosecco rehearsals!)

Q : What has been your favourite Amika performance?
A. Our first - because it's where we realised this was something we had to do and that it wouldn't be the last! plus it was our first time to all have solos at a jazz gig - waaaaaa!!

Q : What is your favourite Manchester hangout?
A. HOME and MY home! 

Q: Breakfast or Brunch?
A. Always, always brunch. I can't live without eggs!!

Q : What excites you other than music?
A. Sun (especially sunrises and sunsets), blue skies, mountains and lakes. Food (and wine). TED talks. Welsh Rugby. Travelling with just a backpack (and a tent). Great people with positive energy and great chat. Yoga.

Q : What is your favourite part of being in the professional music world? 
 A. The fact that every day, every week, every month and every year is always different! 

Q : If you hadn’t chosen music what would your career be? 
A. Really tough one because most of my answers would still involve music in some way. Either something outdoorsy or a food critic so that I can eat yummy food all the time and travel the world doing so!

Laura
Q : What is the best thing about being part of Amika?
A. Everything aspect of Amika is great for me-it has just evolved naturally and ultimately is four good friends hanging out and creating new music. Pretty cliché I suppose!

Q : What is has been your favourite Amika performance?
A. It's got to be our first ever gig as a quartet. We were playing for both Alice Zawadski and Stuart MacCallum at the MJF 2015... there was minimal rehearsal time and the pressure was on. I knew our chemistry was special that evening. We had so much fun both on stage and off!

Q : What is your favourite Manchester hangout?
A.  I'm often found in Ezra & Gil 

Q: Breakfast or Brunch?
A. Brunch - Avo on sourdough is my staple. You just can't beat it! 

Q : What excites you other than music?
A. Any crazy physical and mental challenge like a skydive, run or hiking in beautiful countryside. Sunny days, friends & fam, the Manchester Christmas Markets, New Zealand, coffee, brunch, meeting new people and discovering new places to drink more coffee, gin or to enjoy another brunch with friends.

Q : What is your favourite part of being in the professional music world? 
 A. As a freelancer everyday is different and you're always learning about others and yourself. I love the challenge of having to constantly adapt to new situations and therefore grow as a person and musician.

Q : If you hadn’t chosen music what would your career be? 
A. A Vet-as long as I wouldn't have to handle spiders or snakes!

Peggy
Q : What is the best thing about being part of Amika?
 A. The open-mindedness; trying something new all the time
 
Q : What is has been your favourite Amika performance?
 A. A mash up Debussy's string quartet with the equally divine  'When I fall in love' with Stuart McCallum at MJF 2016. Loved fusing these two gorgeous pieces without any feeling that they didn't belong together
 
Q : What is your favourite Manchester hangout?
 A. Central library (really)
 
Q: Breakfast or Brunch?
 A. Brunch - Mimosas aren't really acceptable at breakfast
 
Q : What excites you other than music?
 A. Coffee, Paddy's Day, a great art exhibition, new restaurants, New York City, festivals, the feeling that anything could happen
 
Q : What is your favourite part of being in the professional music world?
 A. Working with other musicians, exchanging ideas until you get to something you couldn't have created alone....even when the exchange can get heated!
 
Q : If you hadn’t chosen music what would your career be?
 A. Peg's Pub