Anthony Phillips - Biography
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Phillips (b. 1951) is a composer and guitarist who is known as a prolific writer of
music for film and television as well as a recording artist. He was a
founding member of the band Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike
Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From
Genesis To Revelation and Trespass. After
leaving the group in 1970, Ant studied orchestration and harmony externally at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After passing his
LGSM exams, he taught music at Reeds School and Peper Harrow whilst
continuing to compose and record in his home studio.
Ant marked his return to the commercial music scene with the release of his debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost in 1977 and since then has created a large and diverse output as a recording artist. As well as album releases such as Wise After The Event, Slow Dance and Field Day, he has to date also released ten albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series and four volumes in the Missing Links series. Amongst other projects he collaborated with Harry Williamson on the large-scale instrumental work Tarka and he also co-wrote the stage musical Alice with Richard Scott.
Ant continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his
music has also been much in-demand for film and television.
Commissions have included scores for both dramas and documentaries and he
has written and recorded music for over a dozen Survival programmes
in collaboration with percussion virtuoso Joji Hirota, including the
award-winning Land of Dragons and Creatures of the Magic Water.
Ant has also established himself as one of the most prolific and successful composers of library music, with tracks from his extensive output being regularly featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world.
2014 saw Ant renewing his association with Cherry Red Records via the Esoteric Recordings label who will be re-issuing his back catalogue. Harvest of the Heart, a five CD deluxe box set which celebrates Ant's rich musical heritage by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day was released in November 2014 to wide-spread acclaim. The latest release is the Definitive Edition of Ant's debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost, a three disc set which includes a stunning 5.1 surround sound mix of the album.
Ant says: ''I'm delighted to be working with Mark Powell at Esoteric Recordings and being reunited with the esteemed Cherry Red Records after my one-off compilation with them in the mid 80s. Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, and I consider myself fortunate to have found such a happy home for my sizeable catalogue!''