Acclaimed producer, songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Mira Calix has died, her label Warp Records has confirmed. She was 52 years old.
In a statement, Warp said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of our dear Mira Calix (née Chantal Passamonte).
“Mira was not only an extremely talented artist and songwriter, she was also a beautiful, caring person who touched the lives of all who had the honor of working with her.”
— Warp Records (@WarpRecords) March 28, 2022
The statement continued: “Mira has been an important part of the Warp family and history, as one of the first female artists to sign to the label and release six ‘one on one’ albums in 2000 to “absent origin” in 2021.
“We are so proud of his immense creative output; her artwork, videos and music faithfully reflected what an innovative, pioneering and wonderful soul she was.
“She pushed the boundaries between electronic music, classical music and art in a truly unique way. She will be terribly missed by everyone at the label, staff and artists. »
Born as Chantal Passamonte in Durban, South Africa in 1970, Calix worked as a publicist for Warp in the 1990s before the release of her debut album “One On One”. First an electronic producer, she then integrated classical composition and multidisciplinary art into her ambitious work.
His death drew tributes from across the industry. Warp artist Onehotrix Point Never said: “She was so talented and honestly one of the funniest people I’ve ever met”, while BBC 6 Music DJ Maryanne Hobbs described the news as ” heartbreaking”, remembering Calix as “an ingenious and pioneering artist”. . .
It is heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Mira Calix..
such an ingenious and pioneering artist..
always questioning, always pushing..
extremely supportive of the programs I created on @BBC6Music in particular “Art is everywhere”
RIP you beautiful* woman
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) March 28, 2022
💔🫂she was so talented and honestly one of the funniest people I have ever met. a delicious human being. send my love to mira’s family.
– point oneohtrix never (@0PN) March 28, 2022
Musician Gwenno described the news as “a terrible loss of incredible talent”, while composer Daniel Pemberton wrote a lengthy tribute, calling her “an incredible artist who had a huge impact on me personally from a way she probably never knew”. You can see them, along with other tributes, below.
a terrible loss of incredible talent. Condolences to all of Mira’s friends and family. x https://t.co/19YRg4tQ21
—Gwenno (@gwennosaunders) March 28, 2022
I wanted to write something about Mira Calix who I have always known as Chantal Passamonte. Unfortunately, I learned that she was no longer with us. She was an incredible artist who had a huge impact on me personally in ways she probably never had. Very sad to learn. https://t.co/SUeOYTnPRx pic.twitter.com/lTkQ77LCkY
—Daniel Pemberton (@DANIELPEMBERTON) March 28, 2022
RIP Mira Calix https://t.co/Oiun2Fg7XG
– LoneLady (@LoneLadyHQ) March 28, 2022
This is such sad news, I first knew Chantal when she was a PR in the 90s before she became artist Mira Calix. Such a talent, pushing the boundaries of electronic music, and one of the first women to sign with the mighty Warp. It’s a huge loss. RIP https://t.co/aIhkxrxVNL
— Carl Loben 💙 🇺🇦 (@CarlLoben) March 28, 2022
RIP my friend Chantal Passamonte aka @miracalix The world is worse without you xxxhttps://t.co/wX7BlZii91
— DJ Food (@djfood) March 28, 2022
The darkness continues. So sad to read of the passing of my old friend Chantal, otherwise known as Mira Calix on @WarpRecords – we met when she was producing musical evenings in the early 1990s on the electronic scene and we have been friends since. Absolutely heartbreaking 😌 pic.twitter.com/tjM1nu9Lhi
— Robin Rimbaud – Scanner (@robinrimbaud) March 28, 2022