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Stems / Bio

Stems were formed in Huddersfield, UK in 2011 by founder member and composer John Dorr, with the idea of seeking a new relationship between experimental guitar and classical instruments, to create music with the energy of rock music but with the elongated and elaborate structures of Western and Indian classical music. With influences ranging from Sigur Ros and The Velvet Underground to Stravinsky and Arvo Part to name but a few.

Since 2013 they have toured Europe several times and developed a following based on their reputation for intense and beautiful concerts, often performing with local string players to expand the sound. At the bands core is John Dorr (Guitar), Christine Avis (Cello) and Asher Leverton (Drums)

The band has often worked with other artists to create cross discipline work, such as being commissioned by the British film institute to compose and perform a new live score for the silent film 'A trip to the moon' by Georges Melies. Which was performed to an audience of 8000 people in their hometown. The soundtrack was recorded in Amsterdam and produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, Yann Tiersen).

The name Stems is derived from the idea of roots diverging to produce unique strands, all of which are bound to a central body.

General Info

Band Members
Megan Swinchin - Viola, Tom Owen - Violin, John Dorr - Guitar/Vocal/Tabla
Artist Name
Profile Page
Active Since
Other / minimalist / progressive

Contact Info

Huddersfield, UK
John Dorr

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