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Sonia Hammond

Latest album with Charlie Beresford Circle Inside the Folds was released in the spring of 2019.

Sonia was classically trained at Birmingham school of Music and Royal College of Music cellist and has since forged an eclectic freelance career. She has recorded with Chloe Goodchild, Barb Jungr, Babysnakes and Ennui and played in venues ranging from the rooftops of Timbuktu to the Camphill Communities of UK and Europe. She is currently principal ‘cellist of both the Brecknock and St Woolos Sinfonia's also playing regularly with her Castalia and Peregrine String Quartets and the Radnor Improvisers

Matheus Prado

Matheus Prado was born in Brazil and with nine years old he started playing piano. After his family moved to Europe, he learnt other instruments, but one of them touched him in a different way, the Bass. He had one of the best electric bass players as a first tutor, Fernando Lamadrid. After few months studying with Fernando, Matheus started gigging with local bands. A year after playing electric bass, Matheus started going to jazz concerts and the sound of the double fascinated him. He spent all his savings in double bass, student model. In order to improve his technique and knowledge of the instrument he took lessons with all the double bass players in Seville, and also traveled to other cities to meet other bass players. Matheus played with many artists in important festivals, such as Brecon Jazz Festival (UK), Autumn in Green (Spain), Jazz Minde (Portugal), Gibraleon International Jazz Festival (Spain), Don Benito Blues Festival (Spain), FIMEC (Spain), … Now he finished his Master Degree in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and work as session musician in the UK and Europe

MUSICIAN Born:

James Chadwick

Guitarist James Chadwick approaches his music in a distinctive and thoughtful way, blending ever evolving melodic lines with inventive and measured harmonic treatment. He is an excellent guitarist who eschews flashy technical runs for angular Monk-ish lines and an ethereal sound reminiscent of Bill Frisell. He makes standard tunes sound very fresh by leaving lots of space and creating unexpected textures. His superbly presented debut album "Undercurrent" displays his own inimitable style. - ..... The album Wacahume will be released soon on 33 Records (recorded at Oakfield Studios Newport S Wales)

MUSICIAN Born:

Matthew Brown

Trained and gigged for fifteen years, just about ready to start working professionally!

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950

Read "Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950 Jen Wilson 336 Pages ISBN: 978-1-78683-407-2 University of Wales Press 2019 The emancipation in the title of Jen Wilson's deeply researched book is two-pronged. On the one hand it refers to African American slaves risking their lives to escape pre-civil war plantations ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Duski at the Bronx Bar

Read "Duski at the Bronx Bar" reviewed by Barry Witherden

Duski The Bronx Bar and Restaurant Teignmouth, Devon May 2, 2018 “Do you want happy or loud?" Aidan Thorne asked the audience calling for an encore. In the event the extra piece was both, as indeed were most of the numbers Duski played this night. The band hails from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Green Man 2017

Read "Green Man 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Green Man Glanusk Park Brecon Beacons Wales August 17-20, 2017 Like the now deceased Big Chill festival, the Green Man weekender languishes in an ideal location, set within the rolling Brecon Beacons in south Wales, verdant and misty, its main Mountain Stage stretching across a natural ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The self-titled debut album of guitarist Dan Messore's UK-based quartet was credited to Indigo Kid. Album number two, Fist Full Of Notes, is credited to Indigo Kid II--a nod, presumably, to the personnel changes that have occurred between releases.For this second album, Messore is joined once again by bassist Tim Harries. The experienced Iain ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Donna Lewis: Brand New Day

Read "Donna Lewis: Brand New Day" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Pop culture's love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic point of view focuses on ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

Brecon Jazz 2014 is the 30th anniversary year of the world-famous festival, and in tribute, the organizer Orchard has announced the first few names for August 8-10, with appearances by trumpeter Warren Vaché and renowned local band Mike Harries and the Root Doctors who both played at the first ever Brecon Jazz in 1984, a reunited ...


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