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David Rothenberg

David Rothenberg

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David has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years.  He is the author of Why Birds Sing, his book on making music with birds which was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. His following book, Thousand Mile Song, is on making music with whales and was turned into a film for French television.

As a composer and clarinetist, Rothenberg has sixteen CDs out under his own name, including a Jazziz Magazine top ten of the year, and a record on ECM with Marilyn Crispell. A great collaborator, his musical colleagues include Scanner, DJ Spooky, Lukas Ligeti, Mira Calix, Ben Neill, and Robert Rich.

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Gwyneth Herbert

Gwyneth Herbert

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Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Drawing on influences from the worlds of jazz, folk, contemporary classical music and storytelling, she has worked in collaboration with writers, musicians, directors, choreographers, visual artists, academics, clowns and young people to create a huge canon of genre-defying interdisciplinary work, as well as touring nationally and internationally with her band and releasing six critically acclaimed albums to date on major, independent and self-owned labels.

The most recent of these, 2012’s The Sea Cabinet - an intricate exploration of the sea in all its magic, majesty and mystery - received rave reviews and a large-scale multi-art form tour followed, involving prose, live water sculpture projections and pirate flashmob choruses recruited from local communities. Long-recognised for her rare vocal talents and extraordinary ability to connect emotionally with her audience, the tour further enhanced Gwyneth’s reputation as one the most imaginative and idiosyncratic artists of her generation.

Since then she has performed her own work with the London Sinfonietta, toured across the world with her band and received enormous acclaim for her work on numerous projects as composer and lyricist, ranging from the Bristol Old Vic’s hugely successful production of The Snow Queen - for which she was also musical director and voice of the title role - to a song for EastEnders character Bex!

2018 sees the launch of her ambitious and hugely anticipated seventh album and live show, Letters I Haven’t Written, songs from which she recently previewed in session for BBC Radio 2 and live from the Edinburgh Festival on BBC Radio 3. Gwyneth describes the project as "a  musical, narrative and visual journey exploring the lost art of letter writing. Through blots of heartbreak, strokes of curiosity and scribbles of whimsy, Letters... unearths the emotional complexities of putting pen to paper, and, in a climate of status updates and limited characters, seeks to find a more meaningful dialogue with the world”.

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Misha Mullov-Abbado

Misha Mullov-Abbado

Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. He is a 2014 City of Music Foundation Artist and recently released his debut album New Ansonia consisting of all his own compositions performed by his quintet on Edition Records, which has been included in “Best Jazz Albums of 2015” by The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3 and been extremely well-received in newspapers and magazines across Europe. As an experienced band-leader but also a versatile sideman Misha has performed at many of London’s top venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606 Club, Pizza Express and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of the BBC Proms Late series), as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition Misha is an experienced composer and writes for various jazz groups as well as classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music.

After graduating from Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he studied music and composition with Robin Holloway and Jeremy Thurlow, Misha received a scholarship to study double bass at the Royal Academy of Music on the prestigious Masters jazz course with Jasper Høiby, Tom Herbert, Michael Janisch and Jeremy Brown. During his final year at the Academy Misha started his group and has been performing with it regularly since, with all concerts being very well received, and winning the Kenny Wheeler Prize in his final term has led him to record his debut album. Misha is currently in the process of recording the music for a second album to be released with Edition Records in 2017. As well as writing for his band Misha has been commissioned by a variety of musicians and ensembles such as Viktoria Mullova, Thomas Larcher, the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, the Pelleas Ensemble, the Hermes Experiment, and the North Sea Ensemble.

Since leaving the Academy Misha has been performing with a variety of musicians such as Stan Sulzmann, Paul Clarvis and Enzo Zirilli – the latter he plays with regularly in his quartet Zirobop, a band that Misha also plays horn in. He co-directs the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, an exciting new big band in London that plays original compositions written by members of the band, that has recently won the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award. Misha also plays as a sideman in various projects such as Orquestra Mahatma, the Tom Green Septet, Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic, the Tom Millar Quartet, Ben Brown’s Waaju and the Liam Dunachie Quartet.

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Gwyneth Herbert

Gwyneth Herbert

Gwyneth Herbert is an award-winning composer and lyricist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and strikingly original performer. She has released 6 critically-acclaimed albums (including on Universal, Naim Edge and the first UK Blue Note release in 30 years), toured across the world and shared stages with Boy George, Amy Winehouse and John Cooper Clarke.

Drawing on influences from the worlds of folk, jazz, art pop, contemporary classical, avant-garde music and storytelling, she performs with a variety of instruments and a “casually commanding voice – whether softly nuanced as confiding speech or at full soaring-contralto stretch” (The Guardian).

She has also made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4; co-created three musicals and a feature-length art film; performed her own film score at the British Film Institute; and had her arrangement of a Swahili folk-song performed by 100,000 children at once.

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