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Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

BlogMay 29 2019Comments Off on Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

Our patron Nitin Sawhney marks the 20th birthday of his ground breaking album Beyond Skin later this year.  Nitin is a composer, musician and producer whose career spans music, film, television, theatre and dance.  He has helped us continue Abram’s legacy, sharing his passion for inspiring young people to find their voice and championing ...

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Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

BlogMay 14 2019Comments Off on Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Last Autumn we brought together young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and jazz venue Church of Sound in a unique collaboration called Future Sound. Six months on, I caught up with the school’s head of music, Sophie Sayer [pictured, left of photo] to talk more about music’s ...

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Trailblazing music and tech: Peter Wilson

Trailblazing music and tech: Peter Wilson

BlogApr 30 2019Comments Off on Trailblazing music and tech: Peter Wilson

Are you passionate about tackling inequality in the arts and championing rising music stars? That’s what unifies our Abram Wilson Foundation Trailblazers, who have a wide range of jobs, backgrounds and stories. Peter Wilson was the first of our higher level Circle of Greatness members, who get even more access to our musicians and ...

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New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

BlogApr 16 2019Comments Off on New jazz music: introducing Deschanel Gordon on keys

We can’t quite believe we’re at the end of our season of Late Night Jazz showcases at h Club London, showcasing the rising stars of the London music scene. But we’re super excited to be welcoming uber talented jazz pianist Deschanel Gordon for our latest gig. A member of SEED Ensemble and a regular with Mark Kavuma’s ...

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Why does music education matter?

Why does music education matter?

BlogApr 02 2019Comments Off on Why does music education matter?

📷: Mossbourne students celebrating completing our music education programme; by Kate Green Photography It’s been a super busy Spring term taking our music and arts education programme to four new schools in London and Birmingham. I caught up with Alex Lee, Vice Principal of Mossbourne Parkside Academy in Hackney, to reflect on the ...

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Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

BlogMar 20 2019Comments Off on Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright is an awesome trombone player, vocalist and composer who features as our next Late Night Jazz showcase artist at h Club London on 27th March. With KOKOROKO Richie helped lead our recent Future Sound project and the band has just released its debut EP. I caught up with her in exciting times! Jennie: You’ve said that your ...

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‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

BlogMar 06 2019Comments Off on ‘The voice is the first instrument’ – Shereece Storrod

Talented vocalist Shereece Storrod is a member of Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet Black Voices. Plus she’s one of our newest Achieve Your Greatness schools workshop leaders, inspiring young people through jazz and blues. We found out more about Shereece’s musical influences and dreams… Jennie: Did you grow up ...

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‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

BlogFeb 18 2019Comments Off on ‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

📷: Edwin Louis Our super exciting Late Night Jazz series kicks off for 2019 next week, showcasing some of London’s most talented rising stars at the exclusive Hospital Club London. Ahead of his first ever solo gig, I caught up with KOKOROKO pianist, Yohan Kebede. Jennie: You recently graduated from the London College of Contemporary ...

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‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

BlogFeb 06 2019Comments Off on ‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

As our latest Achieve Your Greatness programme gets moving with two new primary schools in Birmingham this month, I stole a few moments with our newest workshop leader pianist and composer David Austin Grey … Jennie: This is your first AYG workshop, though you’ve worked extensively in education in the past. What are you expecting, ...

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‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

BlogJan 22 2019Comments Off on ‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

Hot off the back of celebrations for ‘Abusey Junction’ winning ‘Track of the Year, 2018’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM awards last week, I caught up with KOKOROKO band leader and trumpet-player Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Sheila’s one of the super-talented musicians selected for our career development programme, plus a dedicated ...

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