.Musician . Composer . Arranger . SoundScapes .
I am a multi-instrumentalist and composer, currently studying Jazz Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Playing trumpet, drum-kit, percussion and piano, my understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm give me an insightful approach to my playing, improvising and composition. To date I have written several scores for short films, and composed music for brass and jazz ensembles. I'm passionate about all kinds of musical genres, from Classical to Latin, and Hip Hop to Jazz. 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.
Composing music and writing songs is something I've grown to love, 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, I find it particularly enthusing having to work to the confines of a brief.
I am part of the Brighton based band, Aka PAPERBOY, where I play Keyboards, Bongos, Steel pans and soulful backing vocals... We collaboratively write our own material, a mixed genre sound blending Soul, Reggae, Pop, Funk, Dub and Ska. Regularly gigging around the South East of England, we have played The Forum (Kentish Town), The Jazz Café (Camden), Bestival in 2014, and have supported Madness and Gentleman's Dub Club amongst others.
I have a passion for Art and Theatre, 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 above all, good 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.