May Chi is a Hong Kong-born songwriter, composer and visual artist currently based in the UK.
Her compositional works draw from her intrinsic connection with nature, saudade (nostalgic yearning) and catharsis. Her works explores various aspects of electroacoustic and ambient music production, and plays around with the limitations offered by traditional instruments and ensembles to create and mould various sounds, timbres and ambiences.
She was the commissioned composer for Pilot Theatre's virtual reality production 'Monoliths', which was selected for international film festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Berlin Re:Publica Festival. She has also composed for Quatuor Bozzini, Fidelio Trio, Thallein Ensemble, Flauguissimo Duo and Tresonant.
She completed a Composition MMus at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2021, for which she was awarded a Distinction, and was the recipient of a scholarship for the duration of her degree. She has studied with composers including Sean Clancy, John Pickard, Neil Farwell and Ed Bennett.
A defier of genre boundaries, MAY CHI’s songwriting blends Alternative Rock, Indie Folk and Ambient elements to create uniquely ethereal and rustic soundscapes. Her introspective and vulnerable penmanship evokes the feelings of saudade and catharsis in her lyricism. She is also a part of the collaborative music group Prisoner's Cinema, comprised of Ryan Probert and Luke Deane. Their debut track Forbidden Cities was featured on Atrocity Guide's documentary The Kidnapped Filmmakers of North Korea.