Esbe is a composer, producer, and vocalist from London. Her music is an eclectic blend of many influences, from her pure classical roots, but uniquely drawing on contemporary, world music and film scoring.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained an LRAM and won the prestigious 'Julian Bream Prize for Guitar', Esbe performed in concerts around the UK. As a composer, she has produced and recorded a great variety of music in her North London studio, each project with its own inventive mix of styles. She is also sought after as a session singer and for string and vocal arrangements.
Esbe’s writing has been partly inspired by her North African and Eastern European heritage, but is also informed by her love of Early Music, in particular, John Dowland, as well as British folk, jazz and Indian classical music. This eclectic blend makes for a unique and distinctive sound.
Six albums have been released 2018-21 with great reviews. For the first, ‘Desert Songs’, Esbe chose to set, as songs, a selection of 8th-13th century Middle Eastern poets including the Sufi mystic poet, Rumi. The second album, ‘Mystra – Songs from Byzantium’ was inspired by travels in the Greek Peloponnese and Bulgaria. Of the two albums released in October 2019, 'Ten Songs' features a production of layered guitar and vocals with song topics as diverse as the brain and the horrific events of Kristallnacht. 'Far Away', was her first recording and is an intimate collection of songs of love and loss for solo guitar and voice. The Egyptian inspired ‘Saqqara’, and ‘Under Cover’, new interpretations of contemporary classics, both received great reviews in 2021, and 'I Might Be Dreaming’ was the beautiful album of original compositions released in 2022. Her eighth studio album, ‘Blow The Wind Southerly’ was released in 27 January 2023, and the Original Soundtrack for the film 'Raven', composed in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and film composer, Peter Michaels, is due for release early 2024. Esbe's next album inspired by the serene city of Venice will also be released early next year.
Esbe is also a graphic artist and designer. Her work can be seen at esbedesign.co.uk