Peter Adjaye is a contemporary conceptual sound artist, specialising in cross-disciplinary collaborations. He is a musicologist, composer, DJ-producer and musician.
His unique set of skills and vast experience have enabled him to work closely with his brother, the award winning architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE, for over 15 years. This work has culminated in the publication, ‘Dialogues’ on MusicforArchitecture Records in association with Vinyl Factory Records. ‘Dialogues’ is available as a gatefold limited edition vinyl record.
Adjaye was recently commissioned to compose and produce an installation for the exhibition ‘A Countervailing Theory’, in collaboration with celebrated Nigerian American Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, for the unique 90 metre Barbican Curve Gallery. This 12 channel immersive soundscape ‘Ceremonies Within’ combines the authentic sounds of ancient African instrumentation with modern contemporary synths and strings. The sound installation allows the multitude of sounds to ‘bleed’ into each other as an organic movement within the space and has already received critical acclaim. Click here to read the Barbican's 'A musical maze' article.
Adjaye’s work is currently exhibiting at Greenwich Maritime Museum. A new immersive 6 channel sound installation ‘A Proposal for Radical Hospitality’ was created in response to ‘The Armada Portrait’, the work traces the painting’s legacy of empire and the roots of the transatlantic slave trade.
He has also exhibited his unique sound art installations in many other prestigious locations, including, The Tate Modern, Design Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Somerset House, Studio Museum Harlem, Whitechapel Gallery, Albion Gallery, The Science Museum, Nobel Institute and given talks at places such as Maaxi National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, The Architecture Foundation, Design Miami, Rough Trade to St Martins Art College.