Tipped as a rising star by Jazzwise and Time Out, Yazz 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.
Yazz has also performed with her quartet, featuring Lewis Wright, at the Vortex, and the National Portrait Gallery.
She has played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Rufus Reid, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Williamson and Sir John Dankworth. She works regularly with the London Jazz Orchestra, Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz Jamaica.
In 2012, Yazz represented Bahrain in the 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 has performed in Dubai and London.
Later this year she will be involved in a cultural exchange project, ‘Interplay’, working with musicians from Britain and Sweden as a composer and performer.
Yazz has recorded and performed with, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the Manic Street Preachers, Swing Out Sister, Twiggy and the Urban Soul Orchestra.
Yazz plays flugelhorn on Radiohead’s album The King of Limbs and The King Of Limbs, Live From The Basement, which was screened worldwide during July 2011.
Yazz’s 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.
Peter Michaels (Guitar) is a highly versatile musician and composer. He has made an extensive study of Brazilian music, especially choro and also plays with the band Pocket Caravan.
Originally from Barcelona, Demi moved to the UK in 1999 to pursue his ambition of becoming a professional musician. Since graduating from the London College of Music, Demi now works full time as a freelance drummer and percussionist. Demi specialises in Flamenco music, Jazz, Pop...He performs regularly with great musicians such as Alec Dankworth, Nicolas Meier, Kuljit Bhamra, La Tipica, Melange, Flamenco Soul, Jorge Bravo...
Hailing from Derry in Northern ireland Dermot grew up in a rich irish folk tradition; playing electric bass, guitar and singing as a teenage in irish traditional/folk/ rock and blues bands before studying at North Down and Ards institute under Brian Irvine (winner in the 2003 BBC Jazz Awards) arguable one of Irelands most prolific contemporary composers.
Following his time studying with Irvine Dermot studied an undergraduate gaining a first class hons degree in Newcastle university before studying his masters at the prestigious Guildhall School and Drama in London where he studied under Martin Hathaway, Malcomb Edmonstone, Michael Janisch, Trevor tompkins, Steve Watts but to name a few.
Dermot works extensively as a jazz bassist and composer of his own trio and quartet as well as collaberating with other up and coming talented contemporary musicians on the jazz and world music scene in and around London.
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