Cellist Shirley Smart has had a varied and unusual career. After a brief period of study in London, where she performed with the LSO and gave a concert of trios with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Barbican, she left the UK for Jerusalem. Although she initially went for a year, Shirley became involved with a great many musical projects, and met many musicians and friends, and ended up staying for 10 years. She joined Moroccan jazz fusion group Sound of the Ground - the result of a chance meeting in a Jerusalem restaurant, which led to many other projects playing Arabic, Oriental and North African music with groups including Sabreen, Tarshika Orchestra, Khaled Jubran, Radio Effendi, al-Farabi Trio, Maurice El-Mediouni, and oud players Bilal Irshed, Haytham Safia and Nizar Rohana. She also studied jazz improvisation on cello and piano at the Jerusalem Centre Creative Music, run by saxophone player Arnie Lawrence, and subsequently joined his both band, and several other jazz fusion projects. She has toured most of Europe, Russia, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, including performances at the Jerash Festival, Jordan and International Oud festival in Tetouan, Morocco as well as playing all over Israel and Palestine ( and occasionally getting caught in the crossfire….).
Shirley also studied musicology and English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a tutor of Cello for several years at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music in Ramallah. She acted on several occasions as a deputy teacher of Cello at the Tel Aviv Conservatory of Music, and now teaches Musicianship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London. She speaks Hebrew and Arabic, and keeps making doomed attempts to learn French.
Now resident in London, Shirley continues to be active on the jazz and world music scenes, and performs regularly with many of the UK's leading musicians.

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Stefanos is originally from Greece, where his musical experience began aged 11 when taught the laouto (Greek lute) by Giorgos Deligiannis. A few years later, he began to learn Asia Minor tunes on the oud, and eventually furthered his learning in Classical Oud with Kuriakos Kalaitzidis in Thessaloniki, Greece. By this time, Stefanos had also begun teaching himself guitar.
Performing professionally on oud and guitar from the age of 17, he has explored and developed his knowledge of many genres including world music - blending traditional Mediterranean sounds and rhythms within his own compositions and others – and also jazz fusion, soul, rock, blues, funk and reggae. In 2005, after gaining experiences and formal qualifications in Greece, Stefanos moved to London where he studied and graduated with a BMus in Popular Music in 2008. He has since performed as a freelance oud and guitar player, and teacher, in a wide variety of venues around London, with both his own jazz trio and a range of other artists – such as Noraay’s Creation Project, the Iota group and Melange Collective.

Joe Browne - Saxophones

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Joe Browne is a saxophonist, composer and educator based in London. After completing a degree in Music and English, he continued to study jazz saxophone as a postgraduate at Birmingham Conservatoire and Berklee College of Music in Boston. During this period he was lucky enough to learn from some great saxophone players, including Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint and Joe Lovano.
On returning from the US he settled in London where he now works as a musician and educator. As well as a healthy schedule as a sideman in various jazz, pop and classical ensembles, his own group, Last Summer’s Tealights, can regularly be heard at venues across London and beyond. He has also enjoyed a stint in Ray McVay’s Glen Miller Orchestra, performed countless weddings and functions and featured on a number of recordings, soundtracks and TV films.
Venues at which Joe has performed include The Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Vortex and The 606 Club, as well as international jazz festivals in France, Holland, Denmark and the USA.
Joe started playing with Melange in 2012 and has since become their regular saxophone player, often called upon to combine melodic lyricism with fiery improvised solos.
Joe is also an active teacher and music leader. He regularly leads workshops for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wigmore Hall, Rhythmix, Arts First and Kent Music in various projects, often specialising in improvisation and group composition.

Michele Montoli - Bass

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Michele Montolli, was born in Italy (Verona) and graduated in Graz Jazz University (Austria). He has collaborated with artists such as such as Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra) , Don Menza, Seeds of Creation, Amira Kheir band, Julie Dexter , Alan Weekes and many others

Jake Painter - trumpet

Specialising in Latin, Jazz and Klezmer, lead trumpeter Jake Painter has been working as a freelance musician in London for over 10 years. Jake has shared the stage and recorded with some of the UK's top pop and world music acts including: Paloma Faith, Vampire Weekend, The Streets, Culture Club, Friendly Fires, The Go Team, Maroon Town, The Walkman, Frankie Morales, Victor Hugo Salsa Band, Captain SKA, Molotov JukeBox, Beth Rowley, and many others.

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Maurizio Minardi - Accordion

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Maurizio Minardi has recorded 9 acclaimed albums and performed with a number of artists including Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Georgia Mancio. Maurizio has played in a range of venues and festivals, including BBC London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Royal Albert Hall Ignite Series, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s, Kings Place Festival, The Vortex, the Apollo Hammersmith, the Lost Theatre, and more.

Demi Garcia Sabat - Percussion/Drums

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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

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