I've been fascinated by music since I was a little kid. I've learnt a lot, but I feel increasingly like I haven't even begun to scratch the surface yet.
I was born in Kent, England in 1974. At 7, I moved with my family to Hastings, on the East Sussex coast. There, at the age of 11, I began learning the trumpet, inspired by watching Dizzy Gillespie on my grandparents' TV. At the age of 13, I switched to the tuba. I played one note and was hooked. I was soon playing in youth Symphony Orchestras, Wind Orchestras and Big Bands around Sussex, and at 14 I began attending the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Junior Exhibitioner, where I studied with Paul Lawrence (London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra). Around this time, I was listening to a lot of classical music and heavy rock. At the age of 15, I attended a lecture recital and workshop given by the great American jazz tuba-player Howard Johnson. I can pinpoint that as a moment when my mind was opened to an infinite world of possibilities for my chosen instrument, and I began experimenting with sound, improvisation and playing in unconventional settings.
In 1992, I attended Goldsmith's College, University of London, where I studied with David Powell (London Sinfonietta, Loose Tubes). After graduation, I began a freelance performing career, and I've been lucky enough to be the tuba-player of choice for a huge range of artists and musical styles. In 2007, after 15 years as a professional musician based in London, I moved to Tokyo, where my musical life has gone from strength to strength. I now find myself busy playing for new theatre productions, TV and film soundtracks, and a wide range of contemporary jazz, world and pop music.
I once got a fantastic piece of advice. When I was 17, Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus came to town. After a mind-blowing show, I got chatting to one of their tuba-players, Edwin Rodriguez, and told him I was hoping to become a professional musician. He told me always to make my own music, in my own groups, no matter what other projects I was involved in, because you can't rely on the phone to ring! With that in mind, in addition to being called to play in a lot of interesting projects, I've always run my own groups, which has given me a chance to compose, experiment and tour internationally. This began with the London-based 7-piece band The Very Tiny Little Kids, followed by Farmyard Animals Trio and Setsubun Bean Unit. After moving to Japan, I started the group Nerima Tea Club, and I am currently very happily fascinated, performing, writing and producing for FU-CHING-GIDO.
You can learn more about my musical life in Japan, and hear some tracks in the radio interview I did with Paul Fisher of Far Side Radio, Resonance FM London, by listening below.
Some of the artists I've been honoured to play with include:
Mahagonny City Band
Charan Po Rantan
Max De Wardener
Soul Flower Union
Think Of One
Chicago The Musical (2002-)
Kushida Kazuyoshi (2010-)
現在東京に在住する、イギリス生まれ、イギリス育ち、イギリス人のプロチューバプレイヤーです。 クラシックからフリージャズなど、幅広いジャンルを演奏していますが、特に好みで得意とするものは、インプロビゼーション..や作曲、世界各国の伝統的、民族的音楽のリサーチなどです。 現在は、FU-CHING-GIDO