Nick Evans (trombone) began playing trombone in South Wales. He graduated to improvisation in his teenage years through work in local jazz groups. While studying at University he met and regularly played alongside visiting jazz soloists enabling him to experience a wide variety of jazz styles. Nick moved to London and since that time has toured and recorded with many bands including Elton Dean's Ninesense, The Keith Tippett Septet, Ark, The Soft Machine, The Brotherhood of Breath, Centipede, Nicra (co-led with trombonist Radu Malfatti), Ambush (Brussels-based quartet with Charlie Mariano, Stu Martin and Barre Phillips), Louis Moholo's Spirits Rejoice and The Elton Dean Quintet.
Brooklyn-born Jim Dvorak (trumpeter, vocalist), composer and workshop leader, arrived in Britain in 1970. He started out playing with The Brotherhood of Breath and bands led by Keith Tippett and Louis Moholo. He co-led the award-winning band Joy in 1976 before joining up with Maggie Nicols, Dudu Pukwana, Soulyard and Jan Ponsford. He was a founder member of the South African band District Six and London-based band Dreamtime before forming his own bands Dyana, Sun Sum and, most currently, The Bardo State Orchestra. His most recent European performances and recordings include The Dedication Orchestra, Elton Dean's Ninesense, The Simon Picard Quartet, In Cahoots, Eric Mingus and Keith Tippett's Tapestry.
Born in London, Gary Curson (alto and soprano saxes) has no formal musical education. He studied Fine Art at St Martins School of Art in London followed by postgraduate at The Slade. He has worked with Louis Moholo, John Law, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Claude Deppa, Elton Dean, Alan Tomlinson, Tony Levin, Hugh Metcalfe, Maggie Nicols, Alan Wilkinson, Simon Picard, Francine Luce and Billy Jenkins. He was a major force in the group 'God's Last Breath'. Gary's primary musical influences include Mike Osborne and birdsong.
Italian-born bass player Roberto Bellatalla (bass) has worked throughout Italy with groups led by Mario Schiano and Guido Mazzon with whom he has recorded and performed on national radio and TV. While living in Milan he started his collaboration with fellow improvisers, drummer Filippo Monico and reedsman Edoardo Ricci which led to the formation of the band 'Muzik Circo'. In 1977 he left Italy to join Tristan Honsiger's band in Amsterdam. This group included Radu Malfatti, Sean Bergin and, later, Toshinori Kondo. At the close of 1979 Roberto set up base in London where he still resides. He has been a prominent member of the improvised music community and has been involved with such musicians as Louis Moholo, John Stevens, Evan Parker, Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Paul Dunmall, Steve Noble, Billy Jenkins and many other well known artists. He has performed in festivals throughout Europe and Russia and also toured in South Africa with Louis Moholo's Viva La Black. Other collaborations include the John Law Quartet, Keith Tippett's String Trio and American musicians such as Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Byron Pope, Don Cherry, Clifford Jarvis and Lester Bowie. Roberto leads his own quintet with Brenda Rattray, Claude Deppa, Jason Yarde and Brian Abrahams.
Jim Le Baigue (drums) served his apprenticeship in rock bands in the early seventies and also worked in a drum and guitar duo called Munch. He has studied with Brian Spring and Roger Sellars in group work, and has played with Elton Dean, Lol Coxhill, Marcio Mattos, Paul Rogers, Simon Picard, Lyn Dobson, Alf Waite, Tim Crowther and many others. He was a founder member of The Bugger All Stars. Currently he works with Dreamtime and a quartet which includes Mike Walters, Simon Fell and John Grieve.
Keith Tippett (piano) came to prominence in the late 1960s with his sextet and his astonishing fifty-piece ensemble Centipede. He is respected for both his skills as a performer and his vision as a composer. He is widely recognised as one of the most distinctive and radical pioneers in contemporary jazz today. His work ranges from unique free improvisations both as a soloist and as a band member within small groups such as Mujician, to compositions for, and performances with, contemporary classical groups including the Composers' Ensemble and Ensemble Bash.
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