Violinist and violist Max Baillie is one of the most versatile musicians in the UK and is in demand across an exciting spectrum of music and performance mediums including classical, improvisation, composing and directing and collaborations with dance and electronics. Artists he has worked with over the last two years range from American vocalist Bobby McFerrin, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, guitarist John Williams, to pop superstar Tinie Tempah and others. Max has appeared on stages from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury from Mali to Moscow, and plays regularly for TV and radio broadcast.
‘Max Baillie’s gutsy viola playing was a particular delight’ **** – Geoff Brown, The Times
A Bach obsessive, Max is currently working on a major new project called the Bach Voyager, creating a new online resource with leading ideas and interviews about Bach’s solo string music. This August Max appeared on the BBC Proms Extra television program, speaking on Bach and performing solo Bach as featured guest.
Matthew Barley is internationally known as cellist, improviser, arranger, music animateur, and artistic director of Between The Notes. His musical world is focused on projects that connect people in different ways, blurring the boundaries that never really existed between genres and people.
As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in over 50 countries with some the world's finest orchestras. He has performed at festivals in Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Bonn-Beethovenfest, Hong Kong, Lanaudiere, Abu Dhabi, Krakow, City of London and in recent seasons has taken to the platform at some of the world’s great concert halls.
A key aspect of his recitals is mixing repertoire in unusual ways, pairing Bach suites with jazz and improvisation. He is particularly interested in music with electronics, having commissioned works from many composers including Dai Fujikura, Peter Wiegold, DJ Bee, John Metcalfe and Jan Bang.
Lovely by name, lovely by nature? Well, yes and no. The music certainly sounds lovely, so lovely in fact that it’ll make you swoon and laugh and cry all at once. The voice is undeniably lovely, but then those of you who’ve been paying attention will already know that, from Mara’s work with Plaid and Matthew Herbert. But listen a little closer and a rather darker voice can be heard, telling tales of love and loss, death and courage and of nightmares.
"One of the best voices in music today ... an out-and-out masterpiece." - Word Magazine, about Mara's Album Floreat
Dizraeli is a Bristol-born rapper, poet and musician. Although rooted strongly in hip-hop traditions, his work draws inspiration from old folk music, recognising the common ground shared by songs of the people from any point in history.
“touching, funny stories of riots, atheism and Englishness though folk, rap, spoken word and hymns. (Dizraeli) embodies 21st Century folk” - The Independent
Dizraeli & The Small Gods were shortlisted for the 2014 Songlines Music Awards for their album ‘Moving In the Dark’. Tracks from the album have been played on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music. In 2015 they collaborated on a new video for the title track, with the BAFTA-nominated director Jamie Magnus Stone.
In 2016 Dizraeli released his EP ‘Eat My Camera’ and continues to tour as a solo artist with a searing honesty and a flagrant disregard for the limitations of whatever genre he finds himself in.
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk finger picking, flamenco and West African music, the 10 songs that make up his second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark The Magic Lantern out as an artist with a unique song writing voice.
“Very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, it was while studying philosophy in Bristol that Jamie began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. Moving to London, Jamie expanded The Magic Lantern into a quintet of friends and together they evolved a transporting sound inspired by the immediacy of Jamie’s lyrics and lilting melodies and a shared love of improvised music.
“Bitter sweet, beautiful music” – Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3
Malcolm is a storyteller who has a particular love for the wild things of this world, weaving his knowledge and experience of the earth and its life into his tales.
He is an experienced educator and workshop leader, teaching at Newcastle University, running courses all over the world and working in schools. He is a founder member of A Bit Crack North East Storytelling, one of the longest running storytelling groups in the country, which has been presenting monthly storytelling events, festivals and cutting edge storytelling projects for over 25 years.
He works in collaboration with both scientists and archaeologists, bringing a more visceral representation of these worlds to a wider audience. He is interested in the role storytelling has in creating a more sustainable way of living.
Lisa emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut ‘Wild And Undaunted’, a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song, with fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings and banjo and sonic delights from the technological age. She was born and grew up in south London. Her musical development led her through drum and bass, teenage raves, acid house and an electric guitar bought to learn Jimi Hendrix songs.
Lisa has established and evolved her own distinctive voice – absorbing a wide range of influences and inspirations – and crafting a sound songwriting skill, at once beautiful, dramatic and adventurous.
"Lisa Knapp is a folk singer, yet the F-word can't encompass the ambition of this second album...A masterful creation" - The Guardian on Lisa's album 'Hidden Seam'
How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced?
Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. He’s also been the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, founder of the vital Song Collectors’ Collective, and the originator of Singing With Nightingales.
Ezra has said of his work as part of trio Sons Of An Illustrious Father that "Everyone has crucibles in life, for us, by singing each other’s songs, and through being present for one another, we all share in the catharsis of moving through suffering,”.
Though he is more widely known for his film performances in films like The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Ezra is a multi-instrumentalist and even trained as an opera singer, appearing in the US premiere of Phillip Glass' opera White Raven
Viktoria Mullova studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. Her extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed, in 1983, by her dramatic and much publicised defection to the West.
She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. She is now known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.
Two time Mercury prize nominee Nick made his name with minimalist jazz experimenters Portico. Since taking the leap into solo music making, his work explores electronica, traditional and contemporary folk music, and African and Oriental sound worlds.
"beautifully pensive songs are steeped in the likes of Nick Drake, Paul Simon and John Martyn, they're informed by the 28-year-old Mulvey's studies in ethnomusicology" - The Guardian, on Nick's album 'First Mind'
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.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.
“He perceives the daily world around him … definitely with a child-like curiosity and wonder but also with a fair measure of genius.” – The Guardian
He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.
“If his past is anything to go by, Sheldrake’s future is set to be unique.” – The Telegraph
British-Norwegian composer and singer-songwriter Sasha has composed for ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company and London Sinfonietta, as well as performing at concert halls, gig venues and festival stages across the globe.
"if you were to construct a Venn Diagram between Bjork and Leonard Cohen, you’d find the tune somewhere in the shaded middle section" - Jamie Skey, Q Magazine
While parallels have been drawn with pioneering singer-songwriters such as Tom Waits, Jacques Brel, Björk, and Joanna Newsom the influence of art-song composers such as György Kurtág, Claude Vivier, Salvatore Sciarrino is equally evident in her music.
Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.
Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté, and extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions.
“all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” - The Arts Desk
She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at most of the major UK alternative and jazz venues and festivals. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots.