The project presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians including tuba player Theon Cross and tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED explores a blend of genres through both original compositions and arrangements.
“This is what a jazz band should look like in 2016.” - Jez Nelson, Jazz in the Round 2016
" A most fantastic and colourful approach to this piece [Repay in Kind]. So very well done and I'm extremely proud of you all. Big thanks " - Greg Osby
" The richness of the band’s melody, harmony and solo is something we can attest to and that got the crowd going. Band members cut across race and gender; and original compositions are inspired by the social issues of our times. So a night of music by the people for the people about the people? We like." - www.sqwzl.com
Our latest performances include a bi-monthly residency of Foyles Bookshop (Charing Cross), EFG London Jazz Festival 2016 and Jazz in the Round.
SEED Ensemble will recording with label Jazz Re:freshed later this year
cassie kinoshi | alto saxophone & composer
miguel gorodi | trumpet
sheila maurice-grey | trumpet
chelsea carmichael | tenor saxophone
joe bristow | trombone
theon cross | tuba
joe armon-jones | piano
shirley tetteh | guitar
rio kai | bass
patrick boyle | drums
featuring deps. Rosie Turton, Mark Kavuma, Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry, Courtney Brown
From February 2017 until June this year, SEED Ensemble hosted a bi-monthly residency at Foyles Bookshop (Charing Cross) presenting performances of original music combined with artistic contributions from visual artists, vocalists and spoken word artists.
Driftglass seeks to expand upon this residency with an event partially funded by Sound and Music's "Composer - Curator" scheme in August and September this year.
Taking it's name from one of sci-fi author Samuel Delaney's short stories, Driftglass is a two-date collaborative concert series that features some of the most exciting young performers on the scene in London and is set to be an explosive evening of contemporary large ensemble music.
The event draws together a creative family formed of London’s next generation of artists featuring a combination of dance, spoken-word and live music that takes inspiration from sci-fi, afro-futurism and the politics of the world we live in today.
Friday 18th August 2017, Total Refreshment Centre, Dalston, LONDON
Friday 15th September 2017, Total Refreshment Centre, Dalston, LONDON
Funding is often difficult to secure when it comes to putting together events. Since last year I have been presenting Driftglass to a variety of different funding initiatives with the hopes of showcasing both my own and my collaborators art to the London scene. After applying for months, Sound and Music stepped in and have enabled me to realise the idea!
The funding that Sound and Music are providing unfortunately only covers some of the production costs and any aid we can receive from friends and supporters will be greatly appreciated and go directly to making this event run as smoothly and fairly as possible.
Many thanks to all of you who are able to offer us help whether through financing the performance or sharing the event with your peers!
Risks and challenges
As the composer, bandleader and alto-saxophonist of SEED Ensemble I have taken on several roles whilst curating DRIFTGLASS, some completely beyond my area of expertise.
DRIFTGLASS has been a goal of mine for the past year and to finally see it slowly coming to life is extremely satisfying. Planning the event as part of Sound & Music's "Composer-Curator" scheme has been a huge challenge that has pushed me to apply myself in many aspects - it's been a difficult but fulfilling journey!
As the funding we received can only partially fund the event, the main challenge to overcome is making sure that we have enough resources to comfortably and fairly produce Driftglass without having to make cuts.
A huge thank you to everyone who has offered their help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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