Singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe releases her second album Montagu Squarehailed "Absolutely Gorgeous" by The Independent, "Ingenious" by Huffington Post & "Bleeding Edge" by WIRED. Monocle describes the album as: "pure and simple; a short, sharp flip-it-over-and-listen-again LP of well-made, expertly played, beautifully sung chamber pop."
With songwriting that has been likened to Leonard Cohen’s and melodies that feel reminiscent of Lennon's effortless simplicity, Wolfe's tender yet confident second album Montagu Square is a collection of songs that touch on themes of today and combine powerful musicianship with fresh yet timeless songwriting.
Montagu Square was conceived at 34 Montagu Sq - the former home and secret studio of Hendrix, Ringo, McCartney, Lennon & Yoko Ono - and the single 'Take Me Home' was recorded in the room where McCartney wrote ‘Eleanor Rigby’ & Hendrix penned ‘The Wind Cries Mary.' Montagu Square was also released as the first Musical Jacket of it's kind... click to read more
Beatie Wolfe's Story So Far...
Beatie Wolfe has been hailed as the definition of a 21st century artist with a truly classic sound. Described as “ground-breaking" by The Independent, "ingenious" by Huffington Post & "bleeding edge" by WIRED, Beatie's career has taken her from being the artist who pioneered the World's First 3D Interactive Album App for her debut album 8ight - which led to a world tour with Apple - to being an Innovation Ambassador for London. For her new album Montagu Square - conceived at the former home and secret studio of Hendrix, Ringo, McCartney, Lennon & Yoko Ono - Beatie continues to innovate; releasing it as the world’s first Album Deck of NFC Cards and a Musical Jacket, cut by the Savile Row tailor who dressed Hendrix & Bowie in the ‘60s. Beatie is also the co-founder of a "profound" (The Times) new research project looking at the Power of Music for people living with dementia.
With echoes of Leonard Cohen throughout her songwriting - described by GQ as "beautiful melodies which envelop the listener as she delicately describes the poetry and tragedy of relationships" - and with a voice which her musical mentor Wynton Marsalis calls "simply captivating," Beatie Wolfe is both a must-see singer-songwriter and a powerful force of Innovation.
Beatie's shows range from venues like Ronnie Scott's, Jazz Cafe & 606 Club to the Roundhouse, Marquee Club & Serpentine Gallery; a residency with Punchdrunk in New York to festivals like Secret Garden Party & Smooth FM in the UK & SXSW and Wassaic in the US. Beatie has presented Keynotes at CeBIT, WIRED, The Royal Institution, DLD Munich, Digital Shoreditch, the Social Innovation Summit and Apple HQ in Cupertino.
Beatie Wolfe in Larkins Studio - Essex, UK
Beatie Wolfe at Hampstead ponds - London, UK
Beatie Wolfe, Montagu Square - London, UK
Beatie Wolfe at the Barbican - London, UK
Beatie Wolfe in Manhattan - NYC, USA
Beatie Wolfe - London, UK
Beatie Wolfe at Jazz Cafe - London, UK
Beatie Wolfe Live
GQ Magazine discovered Beatie at St Pancras Old Church, reviewing it as the "best concert [they'd] been to all year" and then GQ did the exclusive premiere of her debut album 8ight in its magazine.
A fantastic year in film & music! Hear Beatie on Monocle's Annual Culture Review (her third M24 appearance) joining film critics Jason Solomons in giving their Culture round up for the year. .
Beatie Wolfe was called "Ground-breaking" by the Indie's Senior Arts Correspondent, Emily Judd, for her Power of Music & Dementia project and John Walsh interviewed Beatie for Montagu Square.
Beatie Wolfe talks to Huffington Post's Brooke Roberts-Islam about her new album Montagu Square, its story and innovations. Follow up piece to come on both US and UK side.
Beatie's 'Power of Music & dementia' project was hailed "the first of its kind" and "profound" in an article occupying The Times' 3 page as it was the first study to look at music unconnected to past.
Read Wired's Review of Beatie Wolfe's "Seeing Music Differently" which includes her World First 3D Interactive Album App, Musical Jacket cut by Bowie/Hendrix's tailor and NFC-enabled album.
Beatie talks & performs live regularly on BBC Radio. National highlights include Radio 4's PM show, BBC 2 and regional appearances on: BBC London, Stoke, Suffolk, Lancashire, Berkshire & Three Counties.
Beatie joined the team at MTV news to talk about her charity single "Kids Wish for the World", being an Ambassador for children and paving the way for the next generations of songwriters.
Beatie Wolfe in GQ Magazine - Music Special - July 2013
i Newspaper (Independent), 'Inside Track' 15.05.15
Beatie Wolfe in GQ Magazine - August 2013 - Index Page
The Times, UK: Page 3 - 12.05.15
Beatie Wolfe in Ham&High - Nov 2013 - Double page
Beatie Wolfe in Ham & High - Dec 2013 - Christmas Special
Ham&High: Beatie Wolfe
GQ Magazine: MOTY Edition
Apple Store US, NYC 2013 - Meet the Musician: Beatie Wolfe
Evening Standard - FEB '15 - Beatie Wolfe & 'Kids Wish for the World'
Beatie Wolfe joins BBC Radio London 94.9 Saturday Breakfast show (09MAY15)
Ham&High - 30.05.2015 - Beatie Wolfe & Power of Music Feature
Ham&High - 30.05.2015 - Seven Days Recommends Beatie Wolfe's GIG
Virgin - 11.06.2015 - Beatie Wolfe & Power of Music Feature
WIRED, 'Insider' 24.01.14
Beatie Wolfe - EasyJet Magazine - Features Beatie's PopJam Channel - June 2015
The Gentleman's Journal, 'Technology' 5.07.13
Donna Magazin (DEU) - page 18 - AUG2015
Beatie Wolfe - WIRED Magazine - Dec 2015
The Independent on Beatie Wolfe by John Walsh - 06NOV2015
Montagu Square, the second album by the Anglo-American singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe, is out this week, but you won’t find it on the shelves in HMV. You can download it from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, you can buy a lyric book with a CD insert from her website, and you can get the tracks on a deck of “intelligent” cards provided you’ve got an Android phone on which to play them. Oh, and it’s also available as a shirt.
Ms Wolfe, 27, takes an unusual approach to the dissemination of music. Though her songs of love, yearning and regret are bouncily melodic in a nicely old-fashioned, verse-and-chorus way, and her inspirations are 20th-century – Beatles, Nina Simone, Otis Redding – her productions are crazily techno-futuristic. Her first album, 8ight, for example, was available as a 3D interactive album mobile app, available on iPhone.
“People ask why I’m so technically innovative, but I don’t think I am,” the elfin Wolfe told me when we met, “I just have a fondness for bringing together things that enhance each other.”....
In one sense, Beatie Wolfe is a pretty traditional singer-songwriter who loves things like vinyl records and the old-school liner notes that accompanied those recordings.
Beatie WolfeBeatie Wolfe made her latest album available as a deck of NFC enabled business cards, in collaboration with Moo.
“As a youngster, I wasn’t imagining how my music would sound, I was imagining how it would feel and how it would look,” Wolfe said in an interview at the recent DLD conference in Munich. “Of course music has become increasingly digitalized and that’s not a bad thing.”
After all, that’s what lets her music be heard far from her native England by fans around the world. And, indeed, you can find her music on digital stores, such as Google Play and the Apple App Store.
But Wolfe is also a pioneer in finding ways to use technology to connect with fans in new ways.
Her first album was released in 2013 as an iPhone app that had a companion experience that allowed Wolfe to appear in 3-D before fans when placed into a special plastic device with mirrors. Her latest album, “Montagu Square,” is available as a CD or digital download, but she’s also worked to make it accessible through a series of high-tech business cards from Moo that can be read by a smartphone using Near Field Communication — the same technology that the iPhone uses for Apple Pay.
Keeping that tangibility but also making it engaging to the tech audience, “that was something I was really interested in,” she said.
The “Montagu Square” album is named after the place where Wolfe recorded the album — a spot that happens to be a former home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono that served as a secret recording studio for Lennon as well as Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. When promoting the album, Wolfe wears a shiny gold coat created by David Mason (a.k.a. Mr. Fish), the Savile Row tailor who made suits for David Bowie and Hendrix in the 1960s. Embroidered on the coat is an interpretation of “Take Me Home,” one of her songs, with the stitching inspired by the sound waves, amplitude and other characteristics of the music. The coat is also NFC enabled, and tapping it offers up that track and a music video.
Wolfe’s next project looks at how new music can help people with dementia, an effort that will take her to Stanford University Hospital later this year, following an appearance at SXSW in Austin.
Beatie Wolfe has been hailed for "seeing music differently" and pioneering entirely new formats for her music releases, including a 3D Interactive Album App for 8ight and the world's first album deck of NFC cards & the 'Take Me Home' gown for Montagu Square.
Beatie is also musical director & co-founder of the 'Power of Music & Dementia' project - the "first study of its kind" (The Times) to prove that new music could be as effective as familiar music in reanimating people living with Dementia. Read more below.
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Not a word wasted with @monoclemagazine's words on #MontaguSquare ✨🎶💗 #Monocle
Excited to tell the story of this magical musical mystery jacket in New York in March! @BeatWoven #MrFish @anthonysinclairmayfair
My new single 'Take Me Home' is now available... Hear the music of the Musical Jacket - woven into fabric by @BeatWoven & cut by tailor #MrFish (of #Hendrix & #Bowie) into this golden beauty 👘✨ @anthonysinclairmayfair #MontaguSquare
Love letters straight to your heart... #elvis #lovehearts
Good people of #Portsmouth - on Feb 12 we'll be performing at your newly opened @newtheatreroyal #NewTheatreRoyal to celebrate the new album #MontaguSquare & its 🌎 first Musical Jacket. Look forward to seeing you there! ✨
Celebrating the 'Take Me Home' Musical Jacket at its home in #MontaguSquare with the 🇲🇽 Ambassador, #Monocle's Culture Editor and a naked #Lennon & #Yoko - enjoying some fine @haigclubdavid
The 'Take Me Home' Jacket at its home 34 #MontaguSquare - created from bespoke fabric by @BeatWoven which reflects the geometric patterning of my new single #TakeMeHome (recorded in the room where McCartney wrote 'Eleanor Rigby & Hendrix wrote 'The Wind Cries Mary') and cut by tailor #MrFish as the first bespoke piece of fashion made since he dressed #Bowie & #Hendrix in the 60s & 70s. Also #NFC-enabled so you can tap it & hear the 🎶
Last night at 34 #MontaguSquare - former home of #Hendrix, #McCartney, #Lennon, #Ringo, #YokoOno - where we unveiled the 'Take Me Home' Jacket, the first Musical Jacket of its kind! 👘🎶 A magical collaboration with #MrFish @BeatWoven @AnthonySinclairMayfair #NFC
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