.Musician . Composer . Arranger . SoundScapes .
I am a multi-instrumentalist and composer, and a recent graduate of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz, and Jazz Piano.
Playing trumpet, drums, percussion and piano, my understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm gives me an insightful approach to my playing, improvising and composition. To date I have written several scores for short films, for Artists, Designers, Galleries, Dancers, and various other clients; and composed music for brass and jazz ensembles. I'm passionate about all kinds of musical genres, such as Jazz, Classical, Techno, Reggae, Minimalist, Electronic, Hip Hop and Brazilian etc. I feel my broad taste in music means I am very open minded when it comes to the fusion of different sounds and rhythms.
My school years were spent playing first trumpet in marching bands, orchestras, ensembles and big bands, all providing unique opportunities eg. performing with the Christ's Hospital Marching band at Lords Cricket Ground, Twickenham, the Lord Mayor's show and leading the National Anthem on solo trumpet in St. Paul's Cathedral. In 2013, as part of a collective of eight schools, I took the role of first trumpet in Mahler's 8th Symphony, at the Royal Festival Hall.
Since a young age I've always loved Jazz, having been introduced to the likes of Miles Davis, Erroll Garner and Blossom Dearie by my Grandfather. As a teenager I was lucky enough to play with the National Youth Jazz Collective, and National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and spent several summers at the Juilliard Jazz Camp in America.
In September 2015, I performed solo Jazz piano accompanying the young British fashion designer, Claire Barrow's London Fashion Week 2015 show at the ICA, London, and more recently in February 2019, for London Fashion Week AW19, I composed a full soundscape, built around dissected interviews between Designers and Artists, to accompany the fashion show of British designer, Roberts Wood, also at the ICA. This can be heard HERE.
Composing music and writing songs is something I love to do, and using the piano as my tool I am able to create all kinds of music thanks to the harmonic, melodic and percussive nature of the instrument. The beauty of writing for myself is that there are no boundaries, however, when composing a score for a film or video, I find it particularly enthusing and exciting having to work to the confines of a brief, and solve that puzzle!
I also make music under my other name Organic Pete and The Herbs. Organic Music, and Organic Sounds. Music free from set genres or rules. Here I create tunes as organically as possible, running with an idea, no matter what sound or style it arises from. I draw inspiration from musicians and artists, from all over the world, but especially those who paved the way: Grover Washington, Jr., Luiz Melodia, Steve Reich, Gavin Bryers, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, George Harrison, Gil Scott-Heron, Gil Evans, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Streets, Gustav Holst, Bernard Herrmann, Hamilton Bohannon, Curtis Mayfield, Gang Starr.. (to name but a few)
I also used to be part of the now disbanded Brighton based band, Aka PAPERBOY, where I played Keyboards, Bongos, Steel pans and soulful backing vocals... We collaboratively wrote our own material, a mixed genre sound blending Soul, Reggae, Pop, Funk, Dub and Ska. Regularly gigging around the South East of England, we played The Forum (Kentish Town), The Jazz Café (Camden), Bestival in 2014, and supported Madness and Gentleman's Dub Club amongst others. Good times.
The rest of the band have now collaboratively set up a music studio in Brighton called The Stoode, where we all still regularly write and record music.
I have a passion for Art, Theatre, and Dance as these types of arts require the same discipline needed to advance in music. The gaining of knowledge and appreciation of how other artists study their art form, gives you a different perspective on ways to learn. I also love to travel, discovering different cultures and their music. For example, when staying near the Ganges in Varanasi, India, I had a tabla lesson, which gave me an understanding of some North Indian rhythms. Similarly, going to a carnival in Brazil taught me a lot about Brazilian grooves and beats, and most importantly learning that music is an international language and obviously.. great fun. I think it is essential to have interests outside of music, to help broaden your style and opinions, making you a more cultured and aware individual.
If you made it this far, thank you for being so interested.
Have a great day.