I’m writing the Alice music for a group made of 5 musicians including myself. I have worked with all of them before, but this will be the first time they will have played together. Between them there is a wealth of different ideas, stylistic knowledge, and experience of collaborative practise. Their feedback and suggestions will be invaluable through the process of putting together this work, as I believe the best jazz composition is written with with individual sound, personality and improvisational style in mind.
“the most complete mix of invention and originality” The Times
Originally following a path in medicine, drummer and percussionist Tom now makes a living from music. He has played with musicians as diverse as Sun Ra, Martyn Bennett, Geri Allen and Bill Wells. Founder member of the Pathhead Music Collective Tom has an interest in worldwide musical traditions and pedagogies, has worked extensively with Scottish and Irish traditional musicians and is an innovator on the traditional Celticdrum the bodhran. He has studied, collaborated, and performed in India, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Malawi, Vietnam, Taiwan.
“Rachel Lightbody provides one of those beautiful performances that stop you in your tracks and force you to listen.” Jazz Journal
Vocalist and educator Rachel Lightbody performs worldwide, but has immersed herself into the busy Glasgow music scene, providing vocals on many exciting projects, including sold-out performances of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’ (featured on BBC Radio Scotland, 2018), and Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ with Start- to-End at Celtic Connections. She was the featured vocalist with Mezcla for their 2019 Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Islay Jazz Festival performance; and also worked as a backing vocalist for folk singer Siobhan Miller (featured on BBC Quay sessions 2019).
“Andrew Robb on Bass…is all about close ensemble interaction” Jazzwise
Since winning 1st Prize at the 2018 European Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, Andrew is establishing himself as one of the most versatile and talented young improvising double bassists in Europe. He won BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of The Year in 2009, and went on to study in London and Norway. He co-founded trio A Northern Code, with Mathias Marstranderand Sigurd Steinkopf, released their debut album “Boundaries” in December 2019 on the Øra Fonogram to critical acclaim. As a composer, his music has been featured on BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 3, Radio ORF and the London Jazz festival. Andrew is also an in demand educator and is currently Head of Jazz at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh,Senior Lecturer of Jazz Bass at Leeds College of Music and a guest lecturer at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an endorsing artist for Remic Microphones, a Trusteefor the Scottish Double Bass Trust, and in December 2019 he was named as the only representative for the arts in Scottish Review’s 20/20 Vision Young Scots of The Year.
A unique emerging voice, saxophonist and composer Norman Willmore comes from Shetland. His stylistic interests span contemporary and exploratory improvisation, electronica, and Scottish traditional music and in particularly Shetland music. His quartet blend Scandinavian and Appalachian folk music with elements of free jazz, and also play arrangements of old wartime songs and hymns, played with a sense of humour, and with respect to the tradition. His album “Alive & Well at the Muckle Roe Hall” was launched with a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign.