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Mica Levi: The exceptional composer who obliterates boundaries with brilliance

Laura Barton, The Gentlewoman, Fall 2015

Mica Levi is a rebel with a cause: to smash up the divisions between musical genres, from three-note punk to the finest classical score. This she does primarily around London, hopping in and out of other people's studios and playing live with her band the Shapes, while rustling up compositions for the city's most serious orchestras. A musician since the age of 4, she has a pure talent that her wayward hair and low-key attitude can't disguise.

Now 28 and going by the name Micachu, she's already a multi-award-winning composer thanks to her unnervingly beautiful soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. When it comes to the brilliance of the Shapes — that's Mica, Raisa Khan and Marc Pell — she insists it's down to their completely conflicting musical tastes. Sounds good.

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