photo credit: Greg de Wode
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2000 I’ve been working as a freelance saxophonist (order of preference: Baritone, Soprano, Tenor, Alto) and multi-wind specialist (clarinet, flute and related instruments such as alto flute, piccolo, bass clarinet).
I work in a wide range of fields including pop/soul (Kelis UK & Europe tour 2014), theatre/dance (such as Akram Khan’s XENOS worldwide tour and the acclaimed production of FELA! at Sadler’s Wells and the National Theatre, London), TV (Jools Holland, Chris Moyles Quiz night house band, X Factor Big Band Special), world music (Afrobeat and related genres in particular, taking part in Africa Express in 2012 and 2013), improvisation with djs (using tenor sax and occasionally flute), jazz and classical groups, session recording, arranging, teaching, functions… and to keep the creative side of things fresh I’m involved in a number of on-going projects:
– COLLOCUTOR (my own project – instrumental modal music with jazz and global influences)
-DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA (check out the Afrobeat Vibration nights for one of the best live music experiences in London!)
-SARATHY KORWAR (jazz with Indian and electronic influences)
-THE FONTANELLES (an afrobeat-ethio-funk-dub offshoot from the Fela! production)
-EMANATIVE (space jazz)
-JESSICA LAUREN (jazz groove)
-ELIA & THE LOW TEARS (soulful funky pop)
Other guest, occasional and past projects include Hackney Colliery Band, Yuriy Galkin Nonet, The Soothsayers, Lokkhi Terra (Cuba meets Bangladesh), the John Bennett Band (jazz funk big band), Oddjob (afro-latin-funk), Mezzowave (electronica-soul), Kita Steuer’s Samba Soul Transatlantico (Brazilian Samba-Rock), Stadtpark (folk-jazz), Lisa Lore (nu-blues and spoken word), Chagall Illuminated (animation and live & electronic music collaboration with Max Reinhardt and Sophie Solomon) and Vent Saxophone Quartet (contemporary classical).
I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world thanks to music, including performing with the fantastic German/Indian group Taal Tantra with table maestro Tanmoy Bose in Kolkata in 2005, playing at Cheick Tidiane Seck’s Jam’Sahel 2007 (www.jamsahel.org) in Paris (thanks to Roy with Chameleoneye), and improvising with fire-dancers in Bangladesh.
I also work extensively as a session musician – for a full list of recordings please see my CV.
If you’re interested in any of the projects I’m a part of please feel free to explore the ‘Bands’ and ‘Media’ pages for more information and video clips.