Perry’s original inspiration as a composer was Graham Collier OBE (1937 – 2011). His album ‘Songs For My Father’ gave me a wonderful introduction to his music. The resonance was his aim to provide an opportunity for the musicians to make choices in performance.
Matthew F. Morris - woodwinds
Matthew Morris has performed many of Robert’s compositions over the 15 years they have known each other. Matthew has also performed with:
The Royal Academy of Music Royal Academy Big Band London Jazz Orchestra with Scott Strommen National Youth Jazz Orchestra 1994 Glenn Miller Memorial Big Band (European Tours and TV broadcasts)
One Year’s residency at the Bull’s Head Barnes with SEMA and Trio 1
Katie Elliott - flutes
Katie started out as an author and illustrator of children’s music books, helping thousands of children learn how to read and write music using cartoon slugs. She later became a jazz pianist, flautist and composer, recorded an album of original piano music, worked as the accompanist for a improvised comedy show and toured theatres playing keyboards to hits from the 1970s (in a range of unlikely outfits). These days, she’s most often found at Little Challenges – a place to find ideas, inspiration and practical tools to help make the ‘messy’ business of being human just a little bit easier – happily inventing things and hosting the Adventures in Behaviour Change podcast.
Adrian Gibson - brass
Adrian Gibson has performed with many National and International artists such as Boo Radleys, Kelis, Jimmy Osmond, George Macrae, Chris Bevington and Friends, Shlomo, Marcus Collins, Courtney Pine, Elaine Delmar, Bobby Shew, Andy Sheppard, Bruce Adams, Steve Lodder, Mark Nightingale. Also toured with various theatre shows –Rush, Elvis world Tour, RSC- Death Of A Salesman, Chicago Blues Brothers, Christmas Carol, Get Ready, The Sinatra Centennial show, Let’s Hang On – Frankie Valli, Johhny Cash Roadshow, . Big bands such as Glenn Miller UK band, Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, and Voice of the North as well as recording with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys (Hey Puerto Rico) and sessions with the likes of Lockdown Media ( Sky , BBC, feature films etc) , The Sound Boutique, Paul Cobbold (Rockfield Studios) Scott Ralph ( Robbie Williams).
Andrew McKenzie - guitar
Andrew McKenzie is a regular with the Stroud jazz sessions where he has played with many top names in the jazz world. He and Robert have played in many different ensembles over the 10 years or more they have known each other.
Emma Holbrook - drums
Emma started to play the drums when she was 11. She initially trained in a marching band on the snare drum, before subsequently moving on to playing the full kit in bands and orchestras both in and outside of school. After graduating from the University of Reading in Film and Drama, Emma began freelancing as an editor in post production for film and video. She was still making music but was instead, more focused on composition for short film and performance projects using sequencers.It wasn’t until Emma moved to Bristol in 2014 that she began to pursue a new career exclusively in music. Shortly after arriving, she became the house drummer for the Leftbank jam band before going on to play in a multitude of ensembles throughout the City. Many of these she continues to play with today including THE WORLD GOVERNMENT, ATHEA with Paul Bradley, HEGEMONO, STARLINGS, RED ROOTS JAZZ, HENRY SLIM, RUBY TWO SHOES, PERISCOPE ENSEMBLE and more recently THE SOUNDS OF URSA fronted by Helen Stanley of Crippled Black Phoenix.
Eve Loiseau - vocals
Since her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Feb 2002, Eve Loiseau has given recitals in England, New York & France and has featured on BBC R3, WNYC Radio, PMW Music and the BBC production, The Roman Mysteries.
Eve Loiseau performs a charismatic homage to Edith Piaf, the celebrated French singer, touring internationally since 2012 with Piaf the Songs.