Na'ama Zisser


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Na’ama is a London based Composer originally from Bnei-Brak, a small Orthodox-Jewish town on the outskirts of Tel-Aviv, Israel. Her work spans around collaborations, with a focus on: Contemporary Dance,Opera, Installations,Theatre and Instrumental music.

Upon completion of her compulsory military service as a Pianist at the Air-Force orchestra (IDF), Na’ama started her Composition studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she earned commissions from Israel’s leading Orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Orchestra. Having since completed her degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Matthew King, Na’ama is currently studying towards a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music under Mark-Anthony Turnage (supported by the Polonsky Award).

Since arriving at the UK Na’ama presented her work at: DANCE UK at Sadler’s Wells, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Resolution! At The Place, Tete a Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, Grimeborn Opera Festival at Arcola Theatre, Aldebrugh Music Festival, The Lindbury Studio Theatre, Barbican Cinema, Roundhouse, National Portrait Gallery, Limewharf Gallery and Brighton Dome.

She took part in the following schemes: Britten-Pears Young Artists Program, Sound and Music Portfolio Scheme and Royal Opera House and East London Dance Emerging Artists Program.

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Daniel Kidane


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Daniel Kidane‘s music has been performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, described by the Financial Times as ‘quietly impressive’ and by The Times as writing music that is ‘tautly constructed’ and ’vibrantly imagined’.

Daniel began his musical education at the age of eight when he started playing the violin. He first received composition lessons at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and then went on to study privately in St. Petersburg, receiving lessons in composition from Professor Sergey Slonimsky. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Gary Carpenter and Dr David Horne. Currently, he is undertaking a doctoral degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Julian Anderson.

Current projects include a commission for Michala Petri (recorder) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), which will also be released on CD and premiered in the UK at Wigmore Hall in February 2015; two new works for members of the London Symphony Orchestra, one of which is linked to the Orgelbüchlein Project; a major international composition project to complete J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book); a new work for Psappha Ensemble, inspired by the writings of Anthony Burgess; and a bass clarinet concerto for the Riot Ensemble as part of Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme.

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Lee Westwood


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Lee Westwood is both a composer and a guitarist. His highly versatile musical language possesses an intimately personal character, developed over years of involvement in a wide field of cultures and traditions including Modern Jazz, Folk from across Europe and the Americas, and a broad spectrum of Classical Music, old and new.

Although largely self-taught, Lee is currently studying with Martin Butler towards his Doctorate at the University Of Sussex. He has also studied privately with Martin Suckling and Alison Kay, and has received composition mentoring from Michael Wolters, Peter Wiegold and Howard Skempton. In addition, Lee has studied Jazz harmony and improvisation with a number of private tutors, including George Moore, Jason Henson and Ian Price.
Sound And Music have made Lee one of their ‘New Voices’ featured composers for two years running (2014-16) and over this period he has been a part of two consecutive ‘Portfolio’ commissioning schemes.

Alongside many years of touring his own solo guitar works, Lee’s music has also been performed by the Workers Union Ensemble, MusArc, Riot Ensemble, Chapel Choir Of Selwyn College Cambridge, members of Notes Inégales, Adam Swayne & Susie Winkworth, Ben Socrates, University Of Sussex Symphony Orchestra, Hidden Order Ensemble, Lee Westwood Ensemble, Southern Winds Ensemble and Gerard Mapstone.

Lee received Arts Council support for his recent exhibition ‘A Hidden Order’, a collaboration with geometer Sama Mara exploring the relationship between music and geometry, culminating in the multimedia performance of a new suite of chamber works, whereby geometric artwork responds in realtime to live music. Still in its first year, ‘A Hidden Order’ has already toured some of the leading international spotlights for contemporary art, including the Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts (London), Saatchi Gallery (London), Athr Gallery (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Kashya Hildebrand Gallery (London), KIAF (Korea), Synergos Symposium (Toronto, Canada), Abu Dhabi Art (Abu Dhabi), Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (Turkey), SCOPE Miami (USA), Seyhoun Gallery (LA, USA) and Art Basel (Hong Kong).

In addition to his own compositions, Lee also writes music for film with long-term fellow artist Jules Arthur (founding member of the Beatabet Collective), including music for the BBC’s forthcoming primetime documentary ‘Joan Of Arc’.

As a guitarist, Lee has shared the stage with many guitar and folk legends incuding Waterson-Carthy, Chris Wood, Martin Simpson, Tim Van Eyken, Lau, John Renbourn, Robin Williamson, Pierre Bensusan, Clive Carroll, Nick Harper, Richard Smith, Benji Kirkpatrick and Yasmin Levi, and has toured his music extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. He has performed live on countless radio shows throughout England, Cyprus and Spain, and has appeared on Spanish national television (Cuatrosfera). Lee has played guitar for a number of other artists, including British folk legend Chris Wood (XOYO, London), film composer Damien Coldwell (Barbican Cinema, London; Phoenix, Leicester), Altus flautist Philippe Barnes (Barbican, London) and folk singer Carrie Tree. He played for 5 years with Songlines Award nominees Dizraeli & The Small Gods (ECC Records; West Holts Stage, Glastonbury; Big Red Tent, WOMAD; QEH, Southbank Centre; Barbican Foyer; O2 Academies across the UK), and currently tours and records with experimental trio Le Juki (Beatabet Records; One Taste; Tom Robinson; O2 Acaremies across the UK).

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Oliver Leith


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Oliver Christophe Leith (b.1990) is a London based composer, writing acoustic and electronic music for concerts, films and dance.

Tunes and sounds have been performed by the likes of Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera North Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, plus-minus ensemble, Loré Lixenberg and Exaudi and at events/venues such as the Rosemary Branch festival, Handel festival, Leeds Lieder, LSO St Luke's, The Place, the Barbican cinema, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Mary Richmond concert society and L’Espace Maurice Fleuret. He also runs the Locus Project in which new works are commissioned for spaces of interest, say for example, The Old Operating Theatre.

He is the recipient of a Royal Philharmonic prize (2014) and a participant on SAM’s ‘Next Wave’ scheme.

Oliver is currently a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he has studied with Richard Baker, Paul Newland and Julian Philips and has recently attained an MMus (distinction) in composition supported by The Countess of Munster Trust and the Guildhall School Trust.

He is a fan of scientific illustrations,gardening and tapestry.

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Ben Gaunt


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Ben Gaunt (born 1984) studied for a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music with Adam Gorb and Paul Patterson.

He was awarded the Edward Hecht Prize for Composition during his second year and his Master’s was kindly funded by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Ben recently completed a PhD in Composition at The University of Sheffield studying with Dorothy Ker and George Nicholson, where he won the ‘A Boy Was Born’ Britten Festival Composition competition, and was awarded The Gladys Hall Scholarship. He has received additional private lessons with David Horne and Michael Finnissy, and been mentored by Alwynne Pritchard and Ian Gardiner.

Ben has been asked to write for the Icarus Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble 10/10, Britten Sinfonia, Size Zero Opera, York Late Music Ensemble, Christopher Redgate, Oren Marshall and Sarah Nicolls. His music has been performed at a variety of festivals and locations across the UK and further afield, including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, New Music North West, Chorlton Arts Festival, Sonic Arts Festival, Sensoria Festival, Sheffield Lyric Festival, Music at Duffield, The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Spazio Icarus in Reggio Emilia (Italy), the Cornerstone in Liverpool, and the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Performances of Ben’s works have been funded by ACE, BFI, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Sir Max Bemrose Bursary Trust, The Frances Chagrin Award, The Bliss Trust and PRSF Composer Bursaries.

Ben has participated on the European Composer’s Professional Development Programme, Sound and Music Portfolio scheme, Britten Sinfonia OPUS2014, Sound and Music Next Wave, and has been selected as a member of the LSO Soundhub, which will result in a new work for musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Alongside fellow composers Eve Harrison and Steven Jackson, Ben co-founded the ensemble Sounds of the Engine House, which toured the North of England in 2013 and 2014, funded by Sound and Music, and have curated events at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Bridgewater Hall and Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Ben has completed a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University, worked at Hampshire Music Service as a Visiting Music Teacher in Keyboard and Composition, and delivered seminars in Harmony, Theory and Composition at The University of Sheffield, for which he was shortlisted for Postgraduate Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches at Leeds College of Music SMS.

His music has been published by University of York Music Press and recorded by NMC.

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Yasmeen Ahmed


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Yasmeen Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer.

Tipped as a rising star by Jazzwise and Time Out, she won great reviews for her debut at Ronnie Scott’s, leading her own quintet and in opening the Jazz In The Round series at the Cockpit Theatre with her vibraphone and bass trio.

Since then, Yazz has performed with her small ensembles at the Vortex, the National Portrait Gallery, opened the 2013 Manchester Jazz Festival and more recently performed at the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait and the Alfa Jazz Festival in Ukraine.

She has played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Sir John Dankworth and Troykestra. She works regularly with the Human Revolution Orchestra, These New Puritans and with her septet Ahmed Family Hafla.

Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Joan As Policewoman, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the Manic Street Preachers, Swing Out Sister and has toured the world with art-rock band These New Puritans as a soloist and member of their septet and quintet.

In 2012, Yazz represented Bahrain in London’s Cultural Olympiad, joining renowned musicians from the Arabian Gulf in collaboration with Transglobal Underground. This project, In Transit, was supported by the British Council and was performed in Dubai and London.

In November 2012, Yazz was selected by Tomorrow’s Warriors to participate in a cultural exchange project, Interplay, where she collaborated with jazz artists from the UK and Sweden. Her collaborators included Denys Baptiste, Gary Crosby, Samuel Hallkvist, Ira Mogilevsky and Michala Ostergaard-Nielsen.

In 2013 Yazz was selected for Take Five Edition VIII supported by Serious and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The Hafla band performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in November 2014, featuring the premiere of Yazz’s commissioned piece Whispering Gallery, funded by Serious and EFG London Jazz Festival.

Yazz was awarded a jazz fellowship from Birmingham Jazzlines in 2014 where she was supported during the course of a year in writing a major new piece of music which was performed in October 2015 at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham.

In 2015, Yazz received two commissions from Tomorrow’s Warriors. The first was to create a suite inspired by courageous and influential female role models, premiered by a special all-female line-up of the organisation’s professional ensemble, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, in the 2015 Women Of The World Festival at Purcell Room, London. The second was a piece for the Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Jazz Orchestra drawing on tales of migration, family traditions, cultural mysteries and myths in a celebration of cultural diversity and the changing face of post-war Britain.

Yazz’s debut album Finding My Way Home, featuring bass virtuoso Janek Gwizdala and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, was released in August 2011. The album is a collection of original compositions and improvisations, exploring the sounds and rhythms of Yasmeen’s Arabic heritage, revisiting memories from her early childhood in Bahrain. These are contrasted with pieces reflecting the classic British jazz from the 1950s and 60s, which was the soundtrack to her teenage years and was her gateway into improvised music. Gary Crosby OBE included Finding My Way Home in his top five releases of 2011.

She is currently working on her second album, exploring further the soundscapes she has been developing since the first. The album will feature her two bands, some duets with Lewis Wright, and a collaboration with Swedish guitarist, Samuel Hallkvist.

‘Her opalescent flugelhorn carried strong echoes of Kenny Wheeler.’ Fred Grand, Jazz Journal

‘Her set was an ethereal experience.’ Play Fewer Notes

‘Ahmed’s playing seemed flawless and her tone mellifluous.’ Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz News

‘Ahmed has a true tone and spins long lines over complex, self-penned structures.’ Mike Hobart, Financial Times

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'2857' - excerpt from Polyhymnia. Live performance.

This live recording of the end of one of the movements from my suite Polyhymnia (commissioned by Tomorrow's Warriors and PRSF Women Make Music for the Nu Civilisation Orchestra) is from the premiere performance at the Women of the World Festival in March 2015. This movement is dedicated to Rosa Parks and the title refers to the number of the bus on which she made her courageous protest against segregation in the USA. Each of the six movements of Polyhymnia are inspired by strong female role-models and the music here is performed by a thirteen-piece all female band. Becca Toft and Sheila Maurice-Grey trumpets/flugelhorns
Rosie Turton trombone
Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, and Josie Simmons saxes
Johanna Burnheart violin
Shirley Tetteh guitar
Sarah Tandy piano
Charlie Pyne bass
Sophie Alloway drums
Corrina Silvester percussion
Yazz Ahmed trumpet/flugelhorn/Kaoss Pad

The Lost Pearl

Here's a glimpse behind the scenes during the recording of my second album. The piece we're playing is a composition by myself called The Lost Pearl, dedicated to my first home, Bahrain. The video features:
Yazz Ahmed trumpet/composer
Lewis Wright vibraphone
Dave Manington bass guitar
Corrina Silvester drums
This video was filmed and edited by Gersende Giogrio and mixed by Noel Langley.