Making Tracks

Team

Merlyn Driver

Merlyn Driver

Director | Making Tracks

Merlyn Driver is a songwriter, vocalist, writer and nature enthusiast focusing mainly on traditional and international musics, and on connections between music and the environment. Born in Orkney in the north of Scotland, Merlyn was raised on a smallholding without electricity and didn’t attend school until his early teens. This unconventional upbringing continues to inform his music, which is influenced by Celtic folk as well as a reverence for the natural world. Merlyn’s studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology - focusing mainly on Scandinavian and African musics - have also played a key part in the development of both his own sound and his determination to unite music with social and environmental causes. Merlyn has worked with Making Tracks since 2016, taking over from Founding Director Katerina Pavlakis in 2018.

merlyndriver.com

Luna Silva

Luna Silva

Co-Producer | Digital Edition

Luna Silva is a singer-songwriter and choir-leader who was born in France; the daughter of an English actress and a Spanish clown. Singing in three languages and playing several instruments, her compositions are informed by numerous multicultural travels and experiences. In 2016 she spent time in Indonesia, carrying out research on two Indonesian ukulele-like instruments, the cak and the cuk. She performs in the female polyphonic vocal trio Samaïa - focusing heavily on Turkish and Kurdish music - as well as part of her own quartet whose arrangements touch on eastern European, English folk, pop, rock and jazz. Luna was a Making Tracks Fellow in 2019.

luna-silva.com

Kaviraj Singh

Kaviraj Singh

Co-Producer | Digital Edition

Kaviraj Singh is a British santoor player, vocalist, sound engineer and occasional craftsman. His journey with the santoor started at the age of six under the tutelage of Ustad Harjinderpal Singh, senior disciple of the international maestro, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, alongside the guidance of his pioneering father, Ustad Dharambir Singh, MBE. After learning vocal music throughout his childhood, Kaviraj went on to train in India under Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty for an intense period during his teenage years. Growing up in a family where service to music was of the highest importance, Kaviraj was surrounded by visiting musicians, live concerts and new ideas. He is now making his own mark by showcasing the beauty and intricacy of one of India’s finest instruments, the santoor. Kaviraj was a Making Tracks Fellow in 2019.

kavirajsingh.co.uk