Cosmo Sheldrake grew up surrounded by both music and a deep understanding and fascination with the natural world. His father, Rupert Sheldrake, is a biologist who comes from a long line of church organists. His grandmother was a concert pianist and his mother, Jill Purce, inspired a revival of group
chant, teaches Mongolian overtone chanting and spent four years working with the avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen - which meant that from an early age Sheldrake was introduced to a whole world of unconventional music.
By the age of four he was playing classical piano, at seven he had moved on to playing New Orleans-style blues and boogie-woogie and by 15, he was studying minimalism and using Logic to program drums and beats.
In his teens he composed music for a series of Samuel Beckett plays at the Young Vic and for Relax & Dream, a project which brought soothing music and nature videos to children in hospital and hospices. Throughout his career, Sheldrake has been fascinated by sound collection and field-recordings. In 2013, he gave a TEDx talk entitled Interspecies Collaboration during which he created a symphony of sounds featuring the sun and British birds in collaboration with his own vocal improvisation. In 2017, he composed the soundtrack for Moving Art, a Netflix nature series in which filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of oceans, forests, deserts and flowers.
He has been releasing music with Transgressive since 2014. A debut single came in the form of The Moss and he's since become known for his solo performances featuring banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and a whole host of other instruments. The EP Pelicans We followed in 2015, and amongst composing music for film and theatre, performing with Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics, he has since been writing his debut album.